The estranged husband of a 101st Airborne soldier killed over the weekend in what the Army is describing as an “off-duty shooting incident” was taken into custody amid strong indications that he murdered his wife, The Leaf-Chronicle reports.
Spc. Brittney Silvers, of Jacksonville, Florida, was reportedly shot to death on the evening of Oct. 14 in on-base housing on Fort Campbell, a sprawling Army installation that straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee border. An affidavit obtained by The Leaf-Chronicle states that Silvers’ spouse, identified only as V. Silvers, was apprehended near the site of the incident and had confessed to being the shooter.
The Leaf-Chronicle additionally reports that a witness told authorities the shooting culminated a heated altercation that began when a man arrived at the apartment where Silvers was staying with a male friend and “started banging on the door.” The witness, a neighbor who was walking his dog at the time, allegedly heard an argument before seeing the man shoot Silvers in the back of the head.
The suspect then proceeded into a bathroom, where he encountered Silvers’ friend. A tussle ensued. More shots were fired and the friend was struck in the leg. His recollection of events was also included in court documents reviewed by The Leaf-Chronicle.
Those documents also allegedly describe how the assailant attempted to flee in a car parked outside the apartment but was intercepted by the neighbor and arrested by Fort Campbell police before he could get away.
The incident is still under investigation by the FBI and U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.
Silvers enlisted in the Army in 2011 and served as an automated logistical specialist with the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. Court paperwork shows that she had “obtained a restraining order against her husband on Oct. 9 due to a prior incident involving a weapon,” according to The Leaf-Chronicle, which also reports that the couple were in the midst of a divorce.
“101st Combat Aviation Brigade has lost an incredibly valued member of the Destiny Team,” Lt. Col. Cayton Johnson, the rear commander of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, said in a statement. “We continue to pray for her family and friend during this difficult time.”
Former Marine Commandant Gen. Charles Krulak has issued a statement urging President Donald Trump and members of Congress to oppose pardons for those accused or convicted of war crimes since, he argued, it would "relinquish the United States' moral high ground."
"If President Trump follows through on reports that he will mark Memorial Day by pardoning individuals accused or convicted of war crimes, he will betray these ideals and undermine decades of precedent in American military justice that has contributed to making our country's fighting forces the envy of the world," said Krulak, who served in the Marine Corps for more than three decades before retiring in 1999 as the 31st Commandant.
President Donald Trump will nominate Barbara Barrett to serve as the next Air Force secretary, the president announced on Tuesday.
"I am pleased to announce my nomination of Barbara Barrett of Arizona, and former Chairman of the Aerospace Corporation, to be the next Secretary of the Air Force," Trump tweeted. "She will be an outstanding Secretary! #FlyFightWin"
The Trump administration is trying to assure Congress that it does not want to start a war with Iran, but some lawmakers who fought in Iraq are not so sure.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford both briefed Congress on Tuesday about Iran. Shanahan told reporters earlier on Tuesday that the U.S. military buildup in the region has stopped Iran and its proxies from attacking U.S. forces, but the crisis is not yet over.
"We've put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans," Shanahan said. "That doesn't mean that the threats that we've previously identified have gone away. Our prudent response, I think, has given the Iranians time to recalculate. I think our response was a measure of our will and our resolve that we will protect our people and our interests in the region."
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump warned on Monday Iran would be met with "great force" if it attacked U.S. interests in the Middle East, and government sources said Washington strongly suspects Shi'ite militias with ties to Tehran were behind a rocket attack in Baghdad's Green Zone.
"I think Iran would be making a very big mistake if they did anything," Trump told reporters as he left the White House on Monday evening for an event in Pennsylvania. "If they do something, it will be met with great force but we have no indication that they will."
After a year and a half since the Army took delivery on the first of its souped-up new version of the M1 Abrams main battle tank, the Pentagon's Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio is ramping up to deliver the service's first full brigade of upgraded warhorses to bring the pain downrange.