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DoD Identified the Airmen from C-130 crash PDF Print E-mail
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - This weekend, the Department of Defense identified the six Airmen assigned to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing who died on Oct. 2 when a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, said a Dyess Air Force Base press release.
 
According to the press release, the Airman killed in the crash included Capt. Jordan Pierson, Capt. Jonathan Golden, Staff Sgt. Ryan Hammond, Senior Airman Quinn Johnson-Harris, all deployed from 317th Airlift Group at Dyess AFB, along with Senior Airman Nathan Sartain and Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz who deployed from the 66th Security Forces Squadron at Hanson Air Force Base, Massachusetts. The wing held a morning fallen comrade ceremony on Oct. 3 to honor the Airmen who “made the ultimate sacrifice” doing their duty on the “combat frontier.” Fellow wingmen paid their respect and mourned their loss, and after a brief prayer from the wing chaplain, the squadron commanders of the fallen were provided the opportunity to address the service members who gathered at the ceremony, stated the press release.
 
 
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Army Denies that Ranger School was Fixed PDF Print E-mail
The U.S. Army issued a blistering denial late Friday that the recent Ranger school course was “fixed” to allow women to pass and earn the coveted Ranger tab.
In a statement, Brig. Gen. Malcom B. Frost, the Army’s chief of public affairs, said that a People Magazine article charging that Army Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver were given special treatment was “flat-out wrong” and “pure fiction.”
The article by Susan Katz Keating was headlined: “Was It Fixed? Army General Told Subordinates: 'A Woman Will Graduate Ranger School,' Sources Say.”
 
The magazine’s report went on to cite the repercussions of the unnamed general’s influence on subordinates at Fort Benning, Ga., involved in conducting the first Ranger school course open to women that began earlier this year.
‘”It had a ripple effect’" at Fort Benning, where Ranger School is based, says a source with knowledge of events at the sprawling Georgia Army post,” the magazine article said.
 
"Even though this was supposed to be just an assessment, everyone knew. The results were planned in advance," the article quoted the source as saying.
 
In his statement for the Army, Frost ran through a list of allegations in the article that he said were untrue.
 
PTSD still may carry stigma PDF Print E-mail

About 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women in the United States will experience at least one traumatic event in their lives. Of those, about 8 percent of the men and 20 percent of the women will develop post-traumatic stress disorder.

And the rates are higher for people who experience specific types of trauma such as combat or sexual assault, according to the National Center for PTSD.

It's estimated that about 25 percent of combat veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars develop PTSD, Dr. Robert Bischoff said.

He is the chief of behavioral health at Munson Army Health Center at Fort Leavenworth. He also serves as the director of psychological health for the fort's garrison.

For some soldiers suffering from PTSD, there is a feeling they should be able to drive on. But they tend to drive on until they crash and burn, Bischoff said.

"There's a huge stigma, I think particularly in the military population, about seeking help," said Dr. Chalisa D. Gadt-Johnson.

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