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Old 05-10-2018, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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A 173rd Airborne Brigade soldier was convicted Wednesday of being responsible for the destruction of three Humvees that plummeted to the earth during a 2016 training exercise, an event captured on video that became an internet sensation and an embarrassment to the Army.

Sgt. John Skipper, 29, was found guilty at court martial in Vilseck, Germany, of destroying military property and giving a false official statement, according to a statement from the 7th Army Training Command, based in Grafenwoehr.

Skipper was sentenced by a military jury to a bad-conduct discharge and reduction in grade to E-1.
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Skipper, a scout who had been assigned to assist the brigade’s Italy-based parachute riggers during the exercise, intentionally cut parachute straps on three Humvees included in the heavy drop during the exercise, the jury found.

Skipper is assigned to B Troop, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment (Airborne) in Grafenwoehr, Germany. The squadron is part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade headquartered in Vicenza, Italy.
Skipper was criminally charged a year ago.
https://www.stripes.com/news/sergean...uilty-1.526073

Wow, what was this soldier thinking?
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Old 05-10-2018, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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You reap what you sew.
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Old 05-10-2018, 06:02 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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A video:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=l-YsSL65quM

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Old 05-10-2018, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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https://www.stripes.com/news/sergean...uilty-1.526073

Wow, what was this soldier thinking?
Trouble is he wasn't thinking.
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Old 05-11-2018, 07:35 AM
 
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A junior officer who oversaw navigation of the destroyer Fitzgerald when it collided with a hulking merchant vessel on June 17, killing seven sailors, pleaded guilty to a dereliction of duty charge during a special court-martial Tuesday.

Lt. j.g. Sarah Coppock received a punitive letter and will forfeit half a month’s pay for three months as part of her sentence, according to a Navy statement.
https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-...court-martial/

One sentence or the other is out of line.
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Old 05-11-2018, 11:31 AM
 
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But in other news:




https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-...court-martial/

One sentence or the other is out of line.
Yea, that is an absurdly light punishment. I know of people who did much, much less, and gotten equal or worse punishments. The punishment (lack of) for her is actually embarrassing and just props the stereotype that officers indeed to not get into trouble and the military goes out of their way to ensure minimal punishment (all the while handing it out as much as possible to the enlisted).
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Old 05-11-2018, 11:41 AM
 
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Yea, that is an absurdly light punishment. I know of people who did much, much less, and gotten equal or worse punishments. The punishment (lack of) for her is actually embarrassing and just props the stereotype that officers indeed to not get into trouble and the military goes out of their way to ensure minimal punishment (all the while handing it out as much as possible to the enlisted).
I'm guessing that she's got a plea deal to testify for the prosecution of the captain, but she still should have gotten dismissal and some prison time. Sailors died.
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Old 05-11-2018, 09:15 PM
 
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I'm guessing that she's got a plea deal to testify for the prosecution of the captain, but she still should have gotten dismissal and some prison time. Sailors died.
don't suppose being female had anything to do with it?
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Old Today, 01:59 AM
 
Location: Elysium
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don't suppose being female had anything to do with it?
Maybe 20 years ago, not anymore
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