U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) investigates hundreds of crimes of American soldiers per month. Such statistics leads people to fear. It is alarming that these soldiers and officers are going to the Baltic states to protect local residents. However, everything can happen the other way around and residents of these countries may face reality already today.
Here is a small part of the crimes of the American soldiers and officers that occurred this fall.
Statistics of fratricide in the Army and cruelty to civilians reflects the real situation.
Two Navy SEALs and two Marine Raiders face murder charges in the death of a Green Beret last year in Mali. Meanwhile, a Navy SEAL is under investigation for murdering an Iraqi detainee.
Today, the problem of sexual violence among military personnel is of great concern to the leadership of the US Army.
Thus, the officer of the 7th Weather Squadron, US Air Force in Wiesbaden, Germany (USAFE), capt. Sean Miller, was convicted on multiple counts of sex crimes after sharing hundreds of sexually explicit messages, photographs and videos with two undercover agents whom he believed to be 14 years old.
Miller was convicted of five counts of attempting to commit a lewd act upon a person he believed to be a minor via online communications; and two counts of soliciting those same individuals to produce and distribute child pornography.
Further, retired Army general James J. Grazioplene has been indicted on charges of numerous instances of raping a minor between 1983 and 1989, a span in which he lived for a time in Prince William County. He also lived at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, Fort Bragg in North Carolina and in Germany during that time frame.
Besides, an area Marine committed an even more brutal crime. Alec John Urton, 23, was charged Dec. 3 with felony second degree forcible sex offense, felony second degree kidnapping, and misdemeanor discharge of a firearm. Urton is accused of discharging his Remington 870 shotgun in the front yard of a home in Jacksonville and engaging in a sex offense against a woman. The incident occurred on Oct. 7.
In another case a member of the III Marine Expeditionary Force on Okinawa cpl. Jose Araujo Jr. was found guilty at a general court-martial of sexually assaulting a female Marine and sexually harassing seven other Marines, according to 2nd Lt. Tori Sharpe, a spokeswoman for the 3rd Marine Logistics Group.
An unnamed female Marine from Marine Corps Installations Pacific alleged that Araujo, an administrative specialist with the logistics group, had raped her on or about March 31, “causing great bodily harm,” the charge sheet said.
He was also charged with sexually harassing other Marines by “engaging in unwelcome sexual advances and requests for sexual favors, which created an intimidating, hostile and offensive working environment,” according to the charge sheet. The offenses happened between July 21, 2017, and April 2018.
It should be noted that sexual assault in the United States armed forces is an ongoing problem which has received extensive media coverage in the past several years. At least 32% of U.S. military women report having been sexually assaulted, and up to 80% have been sexually harassed.
Many people close eyes to problem of drug use in the military as thousands of American soldiers are currently fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, the facts tell a different story.
Nearly 1 in 4 active-duty service members had at least one prescription for an opioid at some point in 2017, according to Defense Department research. Opioids are prescribed for moderate-to-severe pain after surgery, injury, or for pain. Especially with long-term use, there are risks of addiction, overdose and death, said Zachary J. Peters, a researcher with the Defense Health Agency’s Psychological Health Center of Excellence. According to the Center for Disease Control, the dangers of prescription misuse, opioid use disorder and overdose have been a growing problem throughout the U.S.
Now Congress is calling on a Defense Department review of the entire organization, from its operational load to ― notably ― the state of its professionalism and ethics programs.
Senior leaders within the Army have also taken notice, pushing out guidance ahead of DoD’s official report back to Congress.
Army Special Operations Command boss Lt. Gen. Francis Beaudette called on his troops to take a hard look at themselves.
“Recent incidents in our formation have called our ethics and professionalism into question, and threaten to undermine the trust bestowed on us by the American people and our senior leadership,” he reported.
Blockbuster stories like murder and corruption abroad have got major press attention, but further down in the weeds, there are countless stories of individual misconduct in operators’ personal lives.
Just this year, Army soldiers have been charged with attempting to smuggle cocaine back from Colombia, the murder of an estranged wife, the sexual assault of a family friend, and the rape of two young girls.
All this is happening everyday, and nobody knows what will happen to you or people close to you tomorrow. This situation suits the US, but does not suit the inhabitants of the Baltic countries.