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Army 5th Stryker Brigade Investigation Nears Completion
In an investigation carried out by the army’s General Stephen Twitty, the outcome of the soldiers being charged with murder in Kandahar, Afghanistan is unclear. The army’s investigation was a review of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade’s deployment to Afghanistan including charges of drug use, posing with Afghan casualties, and murder of Afghan civilians. A dozen soldiers in the platoon were charged with misconduct–five of which were charged with murder.
5th stryker Brigade Findings Released with Protective Order
Although the army’s investigation is complete, the findings were released to lawyers involved in the case along with a protective order that would preclude the attorneys from disseminating any information to the media. The investigation was to not only look at specific charges of misconduct, but also the overall conditions of the platoon–including pre-deployment training under Col. Harry Tunnell. Some allegations have pointed fingers at those higher up in command that were officers at Forward Operating Base Ramrod of the 5th Stryker Brigade rather than the enlisted soldiers themselves. One allegation stated that soldiers in the platoon had easy access to the drug hashish and allegedly beat a private when the drug use was brought to the attention of the officers in the unit.
Are 5th Stryker Brigade Officers to Blame?
According to media reports, the lieutenant who led the platoon when 2 of the 3 alleged murders took place was promoted to captain when he returned to the U.S. Capt. Glenn Nieradka, a witness that took the stand to help Spc. Corey Moore stated, “It’s my opinion that what happened in their platoon was a breakdown in leadership. I truly believe that with different leadership … most likely we wouldn’t be here right now.” Known as FOB ramrod kill team, the soldiers allegedly involved in the incident are members of the 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.
5th Strker Brigade allegations from Wikileaks:
- “On January 15, 2010, Gul Mudin was killed “by means of throwing a fragmentary grenade at him and shooting him with a rifle,” an action carried out by Spc. Jeremy Morlock and Pfc. Andrew Holmes under the direction of Gibbs. Morlock allegedly told Holmes, 19 and on his first tour of duty, that the killing was carried out for fun.
- On February 22, Gibbs and Spc. Michael S. Wagnon allegedly shot the second victim, Marach Agha, and placed a Kalashnikov next to the body to justify the killing. Spc. Jeremy Morlock is also charged in this killing.
- On May 2, Mullah Adadhdad was killed after being shot and attacked with a grenade that Ssg. Gibbs, allegedly threw. Spc. Jeremy Morlock was charged in the killings. As well as, Spc. Adam C. Winfield”
With not much information being released on the findings of the 5th Stryker Brigade, do you think anything will happen to the officers? What should happen to the soldiers of the 5th Stryker Brigade if they are found guilty?
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