Sunday, August 06, 2006

three for three

Well the weekend is over and I am feeling pretty good. I was able to line up three of my Prior Service people for physicals. They all passed and all three raised their right hands! SWEET! They were so excited afterwards and it was contagious, even through the hours of paperwork I had to do to finish up processing them. I worked 13 hours yesterday and 5 hours this afternoon. However it felt really good to finish everything up. My NCOIC is really proud, told me to take two days off this week. I will.

I have another prior service guy that wants to get in. I will work him and find two Non-Prior Service or NPS people to put in. It is REALLY hard finding NPS that are qualified.

I want to get to 200% of mission for Aug-Sept-Oct. I want to take leave in November, December and attend PLDC school in January. I have to have PLDC to make E-6. So I need to put 6 people in a month for three months. Then if I only get 2 in a month for Nov and Dec I am still ok. Also if I kill myself now getting people in, I can hone my skills and get really good at this. So far, these PS people have fallen into my lap. That won't keep on happening. Know what I mean?


Blogger John said...

SGT Lori -

So, will you be going to WTC? Thanks for the great posts!


Monday, August 07, 2006 8:21:00 AM  
Blogger SGT Lori said...

Yep, WTC (formerly known as PLDC) in South Carolina. I want to make E-6

Monday, August 07, 2006 5:57:00 PM  
Blogger My Music Highway Project said...

Sounds like you are working your bum off... :) -shayna

Monday, August 07, 2006 11:51:00 PM  
Blogger John said...

Hmmm...are you going to WLC? I understood that Warrior Transition Course (WTC) is only in New Mexico.



Tuesday, August 08, 2006 1:58:00 PM  
Blogger mister said...

An American soldier charged with the rape and killing of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the slaying of her family told investigators that he and his comrades devised the attack while playing cards and drinking whiskey at a checkpoint, and that afterward he grilled chicken wings, a military investigator testified Monday.

The GI's admission was revealed on the second day of testimony in a military hearing to determine whether the soldiers would face a court-martial. Reports of the March 12 killings in the southern Baghdad suburb of Mahmoudiya have enraged Iraqis and shamed the U.S. military.

Spc. James P. Barker, 23, told investigators in sworn statements that he and Sgt. Paul E. Cortez, 23, took turns sexually assaulting the 14-year-old, and that former Pfc. Steven D. Green, 21, also raped the girl after killing her mother, father and 5-year-old sister, military investigator Benjamin Bierce testified.

A fourth soldier, Pfc. Jesse V. Spielman, 21, was inside the house during the attack while another soldier, Pfc. Bryan L. Howard, 19, kept watch elsewhere, Barker told investigators, Bierce said.
Bierce testified that Barker wrote in his sworn statement that he, Cortez, Spielman and Green had been playing rummy and drinking Iraqi moonshine mixed with an energy drink on the day of the killings.

"While they were playing cards and drinking Iraqi whiskey, the idea came to go to the Iraqi house, rape a woman and murder her family," said Gary Griesmyer, another military investigator, who had interviewed Cortez.

The house was about 650 feet from the checkpoint, one soldier told investigators. The soldiers had seen the girl before during a visit to her house.

Cortez said in a sworn statement that Barker and Green raped the girl, Griesmyer testified. Cortez acknowledged holding the girl down when Barker began to rape her, Griesmyer said. The girl was crying and speaking in Arabic, and Barker told her to "shut up" after raping her, according to Cortez's statement, Griesmyer said.

Barker said the men had practiced hitting golf balls near the checkpoint after finishing their card game. Green repeatedly said he wanted to kill some Iraqis, and asked Barker if he thought Cortez would go along, according to Bierce's testimony. Green asked Cortez, who in turn asked Barker what he thought. Barker, in his statement, wrote that his answer was, "It's up to you," Bierce testified.

The men changed into black thermal underwear and black ski masks, Bierce testified. Cortez gave a radio to Howard, who was supposed to be on the lookout.

At the house, Cortez pushed the girl to the floor and raped her as she struggled, Bierce testified.

Barker told investigators that Green came into the living room, where the girl was pinned to the floor. Referring to her family, Green told his fellow soldiers: "They're all dead. I just killed them."

Green put down an AK-47 assault rifle that he had taken from the house and raped the girl while Cortez held her down, Bierce testified. Afterward, Green shot the girl several times before Barker took a lamp and poured kerosene on her body, the investigator said.

Barker told investigators that Green went into the kitchen and came back saying, "We need to get out of here," supposedly because Green had opened the propane tank and the house was going to blow up.

Investigators testified that the attack lasted between 20 and 30 minutes, and that the soldiers hid their identities, hoping to pin the slayings on insurgents.

After the men returned to the checkpoint, Barker said, he began to grill chicken wings.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006 11:43:00 PM  
Blogger SGT Lori said...

So are you saying...Hispanics shouldn't be allowed in the Military? Bad things happen everywhere. And I will guaran-damn-tee you these men will get more punishment through the Army than they would have ever received in a civilian court. Ever heard of Fort Leavenworth? They will never see the light of day again.

Shayna, yes I am very busy. I turned several down yesterday but got several good prospects too. I am enjoying this.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006 6:03:00 AM  
Blogger SGT Lori said...

John you are right, that was a typo. WLC. The WTC is the 5 week transition course (I would love to attend)at Fort Knox. They may have it in New Mexico as well. I am going to the reserve 2 week WLC course in South Carolina.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006 6:05:00 AM  
Blogger John said...

Gotcha! Yeah, the word is that WTC has permanently moved from Ft. Knox to the NMARNG. Just FYI (if you aren't aware), has some great forums on a variety of mil. topics. It has been a big aid as I explore joining the KYARNG.


Wednesday, August 09, 2006 7:53:00 AM  
Blogger SGT Lori said...

So John, you haven't enlisted yet because...why?? ;-)
P.S. I have the PERFECT spot here for you in Georgia! (big grin)

Friday, August 11, 2006 10:13:00 PM  

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