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Fugitive Airman Taken Into Custody: Military Connection

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By Debbie Gregory.

A U.S. Air Force Technical Sgt. who disappeared while awaiting court martial at Scott Air Force Base was arrested more than 1,800 miles away in Reno, Nevada.

The fugitive airman allegedly had a “bucket list” of things to do before he appeared for his court-martial.

The Nevada Highway Patrol stopped Davis Lawrence Helm, 35, because his motorcycle’s tail light was out, and then discovered he was wanted for being a military fugitive and deserter.

Helm was able to cross a few things off his list prior to his arrest. He told troopers he had just left Las Vegas, where he went skydiving and drove a McLaren sports car on a racetrack,

Helm is accused of sexually assaulting a girl and women in series of alleged incidents between Jan. 1, 2012, and May 18, 2014, at or near LaFollette, Tennessee; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Scott Air Force Base; and Dayton, Ohio, according to a charge sheet provided to Air Force Times.

Helm is accused of sexually assaulting a girl who is younger than 16 years old, the charge sheet says. In one incident, he allegedly physically overpowered her.

The Air Force first alerted the public to Helm’s disappearance on June 4. At the time, Helm allegedly told friends he was traveling to eastern Tennessee to visit family.

Helm has served as the noncommissioned officer in charge of mission management for the 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron since Aug. 1, according to the Air Force Personnel Center. He has been assigned to Scott since July 15, 2013.

He has been with the Air Force since Nov. 28, 2000.

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Fugitive Airman Taken Into Custody: Military Connection: by Debbie Gregory

Honoring An Act of Compassion: Military Connection

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By Debbie Gregory.

Having been raised in a family with strong ties to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corp, it was no wonder that William (Bill) Mathis spent 33 years as a career Naval Officer. He served his country with skills and leadership that led to tremendous accomplishments. But it is his humanitarian achievement that puts Mathis in the news today.

In 1979, on a blistering 100 degree day off the coast of Malaysia, the lookout on Navy cargo ship Robert E. Peary spotted a small fishing boat on the horizon. It took two days to receive permission to begin the rescue mission, and then Commander Mathis was able to order his crew to head in the small boat’s direction.

The rescuers found 448 Vietnamese refugees on the small boat, without any food or water. Mathis’s sailors rigged portable toilets and showers on the ship’s fantail and rationed water. Blankets from the bunks served as makeshift beds. Sick bay was the helicopter hangar.

The refugees had endured repeated pirate attacks. When there was nothing left for the pirates to steal, some of the girls were raped.

The retired rear admiral was recently honored in Los Angeles’s Little Saigon. Hundreds applauded him during an immigrant gathering that was covered by Vietnamese television.

“I will not forget the terror of the victims,” Mathis said. “They were dehydrated, the heat and stench unbearable. There were two pregnant ladies and a 4-day-old baby born in transit. Four days old — can you imagine?”

At the time, the rescue at sea gained worldwide attention. Due to the actions of Mathis and his crew, Congress made it mandatory that all naval officers “render assistance, aid and offer to embark” any refugees deemed to be in a life-threatening situation.

Mathis concurred. “A mariner’s first obligation is to assist if people are in distress on the high seas.”

Overwhelmed by the affection, Mathis said, “I never, ever thought the refugees would welcome me into their community and share an honor like this. What I did was so simple. Many other people would have done the same thing.”

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Honoring An Act of Compassion: Military Connection: by Debbie Gregory

Special Ops General Demoted: Military Connection

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By Debbie Gregory.

The commander of U.S. Special Operations forces in Central and South America was removed from his post and demoted to colonel for repeated episodes of public intoxication.

Former Army Brig. Gen. Sean P. Mulholland assumed command of SOCSOUTH in October 2012, was removed in August 2014. Mulholland repeatedly became intoxicated in public, including during a deployment to Peru in 2013. He allegedly got into alcohol-fueled altercations with civilians “that culminated in physical contact in front of civilians and enlisted personnel,” according to the letter of reprimand.

The Army general was cited for an incident in the spring of 2014 at a golf club and bar in Homestead, Fla., near the headquarters of U.S. Special Operations Command South when he drank and got into “a verbal altercation” with three civilian women that required others to intervene.

In his reprimand, Mulholland’s behavior was deemed unacceptable, demonstrating a failure of personal and professional judgment and causing embarrassment to the command.

Adm. William H. McRaven, then commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, “removed Brig. Gen. Mulholland from command and Mulholland retired on May 1, 2015, in the lower grade of [colonel]. Under federal law, the Secretary of the Army has authority to make retirement grade determinations involving general officers,” according the Army’s statement.

An Army Grade Determination Review Board recommended to Secretary of the Army John McHugh that Mulholland last served satisfactorily at the grade of colonel, according to the Army statement.

“This reduction in grade underscores the Army’s commitment to holding senior leaders accountable, and is consistent with Secretary McHugh’s treatment of similar cases,” according to the statement.

When Mulholland, 55, was removed as commander, military officials said in a statement that he was “retiring for health and personal reasons,” but they withheld the fact that he had been investigated and reprimanded for misconduct.

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Special Ops General Demoted: Military Connection: by Debbie Gregory

Army’s Public Website Hacked: Military Connection

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By Debbie Gregory.

A hacker group backing the Syrian government claimed responsibility for hacking the public website of the US Army, just hours after President Obama called for new cyber-security laws at the G-7 summit in Germany.

Officials say the website is for general public access, with general information about the Army, press releases and Army generated news stories.

Responsibility was claimed by the Syrian Electronic Army, a pro-Assad regime group that has been associated with a number of additional cyber-attacks in the past. The victims of their previous hacks have included organizations like the Chicago Tribune and The Associated Press.

US Army officials said the website was taken down temporarily, after its home page was compromised. “The Army took appropriate preventative measure to ensure there was no breach of Army data,” Army spokesman Brigadier General Malcolm Frost said in a statement.

The messages reportedly proclaimed “YOU’VE BEEN HACKED” and added “YOUR COMMANDERS ADMIT THEY ARE TRAINING THE PEOPLE THEY HAVE SENT YOU TO DIE FIGHTING.”

The White House said the threat of cyber-attacks is persistent, and while the federal government has raced to outpace would-be hackers, legislation aimed at shoring up cyber-security is desperately needed to do more.

The news of this most recent attack comes on the heels of the administration’s officials announcement that due to a recent cyber-attack, four million federal workers may have had their personal information compromised, which officials said could affect every agency of the U.S. government.

The compromised data was stored in a system shared by the Interior Department and the Office of Personnel Management, which screens and hires federal workers and approves security clearances for 90 percent of the federal government.

There are measures that can be taken that would improve information sharing between the private sector and federal investigators, including requiring companies to give 30 days’ notice when a security breach has occurred, increasing the punishment for cyber-crimes, and the creation of uniform standards of data breach notification laws.

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Army’s Public Website Hacked: Military Connection: by Debbie Gregory

Dr. Loses License for Bizarre Practices: Military Connection

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By Debbie Gregory.

A retired Army doctor’s Virginia medical license has been suspended after allegations that he employed improper training methods while working with military medical students. It is also alleged that Dr. John Henry Hagmann provided large amounts of alcohol to the students during instruction, and manipulated and photographed the genitals of an inebriated participant.

Since retiring from the U.S. Army in 2000, Dr. Hagmann has helped train thousands of soldiers and medical personnel in how to treat battlefield wounds. His company, Deployment Medicine International (DMI), has received more than $10.5 million in business from the federal government.

Dr. Hagmann has long been on the radar of animal activists, who contend that his use of live, wounded pigs to simulate combat injuries is unnecessarily cruel.

But these aren’t the only troubling accusations.

Hagmann was cited for training he provided in 2012 and 2013 in Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado and Great Britain. Students testified that the doctor also performed penile nerve blocks and instructed them to insert catheters into one another’s genitals.

Two students provided the board with pictures of chest scars they received when procedures went awry. Three students testified that others became violently ill or began hallucinating after Hagmann gave them ketamine.

Colonel Neil Page, who investigated the matter for the Uniformed Service University for the Health Sciences, the military medical school, testified that Hagmann’s defense that the students volunteered for procedures is irrelevant because they were intoxicated.

In the Army, Hagmann practiced emergency medicine for two decades. He rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel and co-authored an influential combat treatment manual.

After retiring, Hagmann founded DMI, based in Gig Harbor, Washington.  Following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, demand for his courses grew and DMI emerged as a preeminent trauma-response trainer. The majority of DMI’s government contracts were with the U.S. DMI has been dropped as a military contractor for the Navy and Special Forces.

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Dr. Loses License for Bizarre Practices: Military Connection: by Debbie Gregory

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