June 30, 2012

Officials: Alleged Ft Bragg Shooter Faced Court Martial, Discharge (Updated Bumped)

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RIP Lt.Col. Roy Tisdale

Update 6/30: The Ft Bragg shooting victim identified as 42-year-old Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale of Alvin, Texas, "a highly decorated veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars."

Tisdale, who graduated from Texas A&M University in 1993, took command of the battalion in January of 2012, the Army said in a statement on Saturday.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal, among others, the Army said.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family...

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Update on my post from yesterday.

*Leak? MSNBC:

The Army soldier who allegedly shot and killed his battalion commander at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Thursday was facing court martial and possible discharge from the Army on criminal charges, U.S. military officials told NBC News. The Army specialist, whose identity has not been released, was also shot and critically wounded, and is not expected to survive.

According to officials, the specialist walked up to his battalion commander, a Lieutenant Colonel, and without warning pulled a pistol and shot the commander three times in the head and twice in the chest. Other soldiers rushed the shooter, who was shot in the head in the ensuing struggle and critically wounded, officials said. A third soldier also suffered a minor gunshot wound.

Below is via Ft Bragg's Facebook page, which they posted 7 hrs ago:
Thank you everyone for your condolences and concern regarding the shooting of a Soldier here on Fort Bragg yesterday. We have no new information to release at this time and ask that if you do know the names of anyone involved, that you please refrain from sharing them out of respect for their Families. We will provide additional information after we allow the Families time to privately grieve.
The press release below is from Ft Bragg's official site. they name the soldier injured.
*6/29/2012 Fort Bragg Public Affairs Office

One of the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade Soldiers who was wounded in the June 28 shooting has been released from Fort Bragg’s Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC) and is expected to make a full recovery.

Specialist Michael E. Latham, a signal support system specialist, received a minor, non-life threatening wound when another Soldier allegedly started shooting during a unit formation. Latham, 22, is a native of Vacaville, Calif., and joined the Army in October 2009.

The shooting took place during a safety briefing when a Soldier allegedly shot another member of the unit and then turned the weapon on himself. The shooter is in critical condition and in custody.

Release of details regarding the deceased victim and the subject will be made consistent with Department of Defense policies following next-of-kin notification.

Fort Bragg’s 911 center, the Integrated Incident Management Center (I2MC), received the initial call about the shooting at 3:31 p.m., and the first military police patrol arrived at the scene four minutes later 3:35 p.m. Medical personnel from WAMC arrived soon afterwards.

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Two 525th BfSB chaplains arrived on the scene and began rendering assistance to the Soldiers in at the scene. Additionally, the chaplains began coordinating for additional chaplain, Behavioral Health and Military Family Life Consultants (MFLC) assistance. Within an hour, more than 14 chaplains from throughout Fort Bragg and about 10 Behavioral Health specialists from WAMC and MFLC members responded to the scene and stayed with the Soldiers for more than five hours as they provided assistance and counseling in the aftermath of the shooting.

“Taking care of the Soldiers in the unit and their Families is our number one priority at this time, while we simultaneously work the investigation surrounding this terrible tragedy,” said Lt. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commander of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg

Prayers for a quick recovery sir, also our thoughts and prayers are with all affected by this terrible tragedy.

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