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« Reply #820 on: December 05, 2009, 04:06:27 PM »

Warrant Officer Chris Royal tried to stop Fort Hood gunman after he opened
fire on post.

Wounded Ala. soldier confronts Ft. Hood gunman
Posted: Nov 06, 2009 11:13 PM CST Updated: Nov 07, 2009 12:14 AM CST

Posted by: Melissa McKinney

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - "I thank God that I'm able to walk," says Warrant Officer Chris Royal.

Royal is a veteran of military combat, but he never thought he'd see a massacre--much less one here on U.S. soil.

"This one particular soldier...he had a bad day," says Royal.

Royal was inside the building when Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire.

He ran outside...but not to escape.

"I waited on him to come out so I could try to apprehend him," says Royal.

The gunman followed him out.

"He saw me before I could get to him and he turned his weapon on me and started firing."

Royal ran to warn a crowd of people on post for a graduation ceremony.

"There was probably about 400-500 people.  I was able to run ahead of the shooter and let them know he was out there."

At first, Royal didn't know he had been hit three times.

But after a day in the hospital, he's home recovering.

"I'm thankful that I'm able to be here with my kids and wife."

He has a message for the man who almost took his life.

"I'm praying for him as well.  I'm praying for his family because they're humans just like we are."

Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Royal was shot three times in the back during the base rampage. NEW YORK TIMES / OZIER MUHAMMAD

Living through hell, and with it
FT. HOOD RAMPAGE: For shooting's survivors, it's a daunting task to move on

Published: Friday, November 13, 2009 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 10:00 p.m.

The New York Times

KILLEEN, Texas -- It seemed unlikely that Christopher Royal was going to be delivering the sermon Sunday at Shiloh Baptist Church in the tiny town of Eclectic, Ala., as scheduled. Royal, a chief warrant officer in the Army, had been shot three times in the back during the rampage at Fort Hood.

But early Saturday, Royal called his brother, Bernard Birmingham, and said he was coming anyway.

"I said, 'Can you make it?'" Birmingham recalled on Thursday. "He said, 'I can make it with the help of the Lord.'"

Like Royal, 37, many of those injured in the methodical killing spree at Fort Hood, for which Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan has been charged, have already begun the process of moving on, even as they live with scars and limps and frayed nerves, with wheelchairs and stomach staples and colostomy bags, with bullets positioned too precariously in soft tissue to be surgically removed without risk.

Those with physical injuries at least came away from an unexplainable horror with something tangible to focus on in the weeks and months ahead. Twelve people are still in the hospital, some of whom may need months to recover.

But those hit with bullets were not the only survivors. Others, too, saw the rampage. They will never be able to lift up a shirt sleeve to show off a scar and, experts said, this may make it harder for them to recover.

"They didn't have visits with the president, they didn't have a lot of the additional attention and they haven't had the same opportunity to process the event." said Col. Steven Braverman, commander of the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, where most of the wounded were initially taken.

Pfc. Mariano Alvarez, 25, a food specialist scheduled to go to Afghanistan in January, was there. Alvarez saw the gunman shooting "anybody and anything that moved," and he even rushed in to give first aid. Nothing struck Alvarez, except what he saw and heard.

"Everyone sees a military base as a safe haven, but that was stolen from me," he said, adding that the sound of a nail gun somewhere on base last Friday made the hair on his arms stand up.

"Knowing that any moment my life could have been taken away hits you pretty hard," he said. He has been undergoing counseling. "I feel helpless, and I felt helpless at the time because I couldn't do anything."

Those with physical injuries are leaving the hospitals on and near the base each day, and no one is expected to become worse, military officials said.

What comes next, whether they will join their units in Iraq or Afghanistan, get a desk job or leave the military will depend on weeks and months of tests. If all goes well, if they are cleared to go overseas, the last stop in this series of evaluations will be at a soldier readiness processing center like the one where their nightmare began.

But certain things are immediately clear. Cpl. Nathan Hewitt, 27, with a bullet hole in his calf, will not be riding his motorcycle anytime soon.

Pvt. George Stratton III, shot in the left shoulder, will not shoot pool as effortlessly as he once did. He is left-handed.

Pool was the topic of his first conversation after he was shot. He was on his back, with Army Reserve Sgt. Jeannette Juroff, 32, a human resources assistant, pressing on his wound and asking if he had ever hustled anyone. A joke, she said, anything to keep from losing him to shock.

Stratton's parents, in Idaho, found out about their son later, after a friend mentioned the day's big news. Stratton, who turned 18 in July, had called while they were having lunch. They let it go to voicemail, assuming it was a routine update.

"Somebody went crazy and I'm in the back of an ambulance," the message said. "I've been shot in the shoulder. But I should be OK."

Juroff, who came away without an injury, said that at first she had not thought the rampage would affect her. But she had been feeling uncharacteristically down, she said, and the other day was startled by the crack of rifles being fired.

"Normally I would not think twice about that sound," she said.

Most of the wounded emphasized that they were soldiers who had been trained to persevere and stick to the mission.

Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, 43, a basketball coach and father of two who was working in the processing center where the rampage took place, said he had been shot five times.

"I feel pretty weird right now," Lunsford said from his hospital bed. "But I ain't going anywhere. My plans are to stay in the military. Solid."

Despite such steely attitudes, base officials said the impact might set in over time. The base has brought in crisis counselors to address potential mental health issues.

The 467th Medical Detachment, which lost three members, was hit particularly hard in the shooting.

Capt. Dorothy Carskadon, a reservist in the 467th, was first grazed in the forehead by a bullet when the shooting started. A heavy load for a blank, she thought, assuming it was a training exercise. During the rampage, Carskadon was shot three times, grazed on the forehead and then hit in the hip and then in the stomach as she tried to help an injured pregnant women pinned by a table.

"The Army's been incredibly good to me," Carskadon said in an e-mail message. "The care they're providing now and the opportunities I'll have available ahead are all a reflection of their commitment to me as a soldier and as a social worker."

Trey Carskadon said his sister was anxious to return to her unit. But, Trey Carskadon said, "I don't think she recognizes how badly she's injured. I don't think she's fully processed what has gone on. She lost some very close friends."

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« Reply #821 on: December 05, 2009, 04:24:37 PM »

Joy Clark, of Des Moines, among injured in Fort Hood rampage

Posted on Nov 07, 2009 by John McGlothlen.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa soldier who arrived at Fort Hood in Texas for additional training before being deployed overseas was among the soldiers wounded in a rampage that left 13 people dead, her father said Friday.

Staff Sgt. Joy Clark, 27, of Des Moines, was inside the Soldier Readiness Center on Thursday when the gunfire started, said her father, Jerry Nelson, also of Des Moines.

“They were kind of in a formation type of situation in the center when the gunman came in. There was a soldier in front of her that was shot. She peeled off her jacket to cover this soldier who was bleeding and that’s when she was shot,” Nelson said.

Nelson, who spoke to his daughter Friday morning, said she was shot in the left forearm.

“The bullet passed through. She has some severe bone damage in her arm,” he said.

She was in stable condition and was awaiting surgery, Nelson said.

Nelson said his daughter was married in August, and her husband, Josh Clark, drove from Des Moines to Texas and arrived early Friday. Nelson said his daughter called her husband after the shooting Thursday, and he called her parents immediately.

“It’s unbelievable. We were sitting here worried about her presence overseas in a combat area. Jeez,” he said. “For the moment, everything is OK. She’s stable and it doesn’t appear to be a life-threatening injury.”

Nelson said he was making arrangements Friday to get to Texas.

Clark was among 30 soldiers wounded. Authorities believe the shooter was an Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. He was among the wounded and remained hospitalized Friday.

Nelson said his daughter arrived Tuesday at Fort Hood with a medical team for additional training. She was scheduled to be deployed overseas later after Thanksgiving, possibly to Iraq or Afghanistan, Nelson said.

Clark was formerly based in Des Moines with an U.S. Army Reserve unit.

Register update: Joy Clark to make full recovery from gunshot wound sustained at Fort Hood

Doctors say Joy Clark should make a full recovery from a wound sustained during the deadly shooting at Fort Hood Army base in Texas last week.

Clark, 27, a Des Moines native and Army occupational therapist, was shot in the left forearm when she reached to help an injured fellow-soldier. The bullet shattered her radius, and left her with no feeling in her thumb.

Clark underwent surgery at 10 a.m. today in a hospital in Temple, Tex., during which doctors put a steel plate in her arm.

While Clark was still in recovery this afternoon, surgeons informed her husband, Josh, the good news.

“The surgeons say that everything went better than they expected it would,” Josh Clark said. “They expect her to make a full recovery.”

Joy Clark’s specialty is helping people with hand injuries. She had worried the numbness was a bad sign for her ability to once again heal others after she recovers from her own injuries.

“It’s great news,” Josh said of the doctors’ prognosis. “We’re just working on the process of letting our friends know that it went well.”

Joy Clark, a Roosevelt High School graduate, joined the U.S. Army Reserve eight years ago and arrived at Fort Hood last Tuesday to prepare for deployment in the Middle East after Thanksgiving. It would have been Clark's first trip to the Middle East after several training trips in California.

She was working at Fort Hood's Soldier Readiness Center about 1:30 p.m. Thursday when Army authorities say Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan pulled out a pair of handguns and opened fire on the crowd of fellow soldiers undergoing medical screenings. The incident left 13 dead and 31 wounded, including Clark.

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« Reply #822 on: December 05, 2009, 06:07:13 PM »

U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with Army 2nd Lt. Brandy Mason at the III Corps Headquarters, Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 10, 2009. Mason was shot in the hip during a Nov. 5 shooting rampage that left 13 dead and 38 wounded. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

Local Soldier Injured In Ft. Hood Shooting Rampage

Second Lieutenant Brandy Mason of Monessen, Westmoreland County, was shot in the thigh.

One of the soldiers injured in the shootings at Fort Hood is from the Pittsburgh area.

Second Lieutenant Brandy Mason of Monessen, Westmoreland County, was shot in the thigh.

"She was standing there waiting her turn at the military medical place and she said a gentleman walked in and she looked around to see who came in and the next thing she knows there were shots fired," Sabrina Heath, the victim's aunt, said. "She said people just started getting out of the way, scattering."

According to family members, Mason underwent surgery this morning and is expected to be OK.

Mason has been in the U.S. military for four years. She is a 1996 graduate of Monessen High School.

Mason has a 17-year-old daughter who now attends the school. She was there two weeks ago for homecoming.

"Her daughter was on the homecoming court in Monessen and she came in for that," Heath said.

Mason served 14 months in Iraq, but says that experience can't compare to what happened at Fort Hood.

"I think she was a little upset. She was overseas and never got shot at or anything and she's right here in the United States and got shot," Heath said.

Mason's mother who lives in Florida left to be with her in Texas.

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« Reply #823 on: December 05, 2009, 06:54:53 PM »

North Freedom soldier injured in Fort Hood massacre released from hospital

By Devin Rose and Christie Taylor, Capital Newspapers

NORTH FREEDOM - A North Freedom soldier who was wounded in Thursday's massacre at Fort Hood in Texas has been released from the hospital, but his wife said his future remains uncertain.

Sgt. John Pagel, 28, suffered wounds from a bullet that traveled through his left arm and into the left side of his chest, after being shot in the massacre that left at 13 dead and 38 wounded last week.

As of Sunday night, Pagel had been released from the hospital and was back with his unit, said a spokesperson for Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood.

According to Pagel's wife, 24-year-old Kandie Pagel, Pagel is a mechanic with the 467th Medical Detachment, a Madison-based combat stress unit for the Army Reserve.

The unit was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan on Dec. 1, but with two members confirmed dead and at least three others wounded, "everything is up in the air," she said.

A spokesperson at Fort Hood said Sunday the decision to deploy a unit would depend on the medical conditions of the unit's members.

Kandie Pagel said she received notices from the hospital hourly on the day of the shooting, and since then had spoken to her husband at least once a day.

"He's okay, I'm okay," she said. "He's working through the healing process. "I'm hanging in there, and doing what I can to move on with my life."

Kandie Pagel said her husband had not told her much about what had happened, or whether he knew the alleged shooter.

"He just said some guy came in and started shooting," she said.

Kandie Pagel said her husband had been with the 467th for four years. He arrived at Fort Hood the day before he was shot.

The couple has two children, ages 4 and 9 months.

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« Reply #824 on: December 05, 2009, 07:17:46 PM »

Raymond Saucedo, formerly of Greenville, was one of 30 people wounded during a rampage that left 13 people dead Thursday at Fort Hood, Texas.
Photo Courtesy of Ashley Saucedo

Michigan soldier injured in Fort Hood rampage

By The Grand Rapids Press
November 06, 2009, 11:30PM

GRAND RAPIDS — When details of the Fort Hood, Texas, bloodshed flashed across Ashley Saucedo’s television, her first instinct was denial.
Raymond Saucedo photoPhoto Courtesy of Ashley SaucedoRaymondo Saucedo, formerly of Greenville, was one of 30 people wounded during a rampage that left 13 people dead Thursday at Fort Hood, Texas.
No way, the former Greenville resident thought, was her husband, Pvt. Raymondo “Ray” Saucedo, among 13 people killed or 30 wounded after a gunman opened fire Thursday on the U.S. Army base, which has housed as many as 52,000 troops this year.

“There’s so many guys on that base, I didn’t think he would be anywhere near it,” Saucedo said.

A 2:30 p.m. CST telephone call Thursday changed that. Her husband had been injured in the incident about an hour earlier, but he was OK.

“He’s doing just fine now,” she said that night of her 26-year-old spouse. “They sent him back to work,” to resume his duties as a mechanic.

Initially she said after the Thursday shootings that he had been shot in the arm. But she told The Associated Press on Friday night that wasn’t the case. She said Army officials have instructed her not to discuss details of how he was injured.

The Saucedos moved from Greenville to Fort Hood with their two children in July.

Ashley, a 22-year-old Greenville High School graduate, said she received word of the shootings when a friend called her with an urgent request. “You need to turn the news on. And you need to turn it on now,” Saucedo recalled.

She had just put her two children down for a nap. Soon, sirens blasted, telling everyone on the base to stay indoors and close their windows, Saucedo said.

“I just waited and waited,” she said. “That’s all you can do.”

Saucedo struggled to put the tragedy into words. “All I know,” she said, “is he’s OK.”

Two others safe
Muskegon-area relatives of two other Fort Hood soldiers were also relieved to find out their family members were safe.

When Hallye Ray Moodt caught a glimpse Thursday of a Fox News report with information on slayings at Fort Hood, she was stunned, she said. Her first thoughts were of her son Mike Moodt, a shift supervisor for air-traffic control at Fort Hood.

“I immediately got on the phone and he was at work, naturally (and she couldn’t reach him),” the Fruitport Township resident said. “I kept my eyes peeled and watched how things progressed.”

It wasn’t until at least 6 p.m. that Hallye and her husband, Jack Moodt, finally heard back from Mike — more than five hours after a gunman opened fire on the base around 1:30 p.m. Mike, 52, had been at work but was not in the immediate area where the shootings occurred.

When reached by phone in Texas Friday, Mike Moodt declined to comment on the shootings, saying he wasn’t ready to talk about the incident.

His mother said she was still in a state of shock. She noted that ID checks are done on visitors as they enter any U.S. Army base. “It’s supposed to be a safe haven for people, and it is, it is, but you just can’t stop every single thing that’s out there,” she said. “If a bad guy wants to do something, he is going to find a way to do it.”

Muskegon Heights resident Darneal Marble has a son, Sgt. Harvey Marble II, who was working just a few buildings down from the Soldier Readiness Center, where the gunfire broke out. She said it was difficult to reach her son right away but was relieved to hear he was safe Thursday evening.

Harvey, who works with aircraft supply, transferred to Fort Hood from a base in Georgia only about two months ago.

“He’s a soldier, and they don’t show any fear. He said he was all right,” his mother said. “Thank God he was not in that building. ... It’s very sad.”


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« Reply #825 on: December 05, 2009, 07:23:35 PM »

George Stratton III, 18, of Post Falls, Idaho, was shot once in the shoulder in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood.

Idaho soldier shot at Ft. Hood returns home, tells story of shooting

by Edgar Linares
Idaho's NewsChannel 7

Posted on November 16, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 17 at 5:08 AM

POST FALLS -- North Idaho welcomed home a soldier home from Fort Hood, Texas.

On Sunday, George Stratton III, 18, from Post Falls, came home accompanied by his mother and father.

Stratton's arm is still in a sling after he was shot in the left shoulder.

On Thursday November 5th, medical staff were preparing Stratton for deployment at the Soldier Readiness Center when the shootings began.

"That man, that was doing the shooting was six feet behind me. And I guess I dozed off because my buddy said that he said something like 'Allah Akbar' or something like that," said George Stratton III.

That's when Stratton heard gunshots.

"And then I just heard about 10, 15 shots go off in my ear right there. I was just dazed and confused," Stratton said.

He dropped to the floor. He saw a wounded officer and dragged him to the door.

At that point Stratton says the gunman started reloading and then turned and shot him.

"He squeezed off one round and it came through my shoulder and then it hit the bone right here," said Stratton pointing to his arm.

Stratton made it to the door holding his shoulder.

A number people came to his aid.

He described what he saw outside as people moved him to a safer location.

"As soon as I got out the door there was blood on the concrete and grass. And then I saw a body out on the grass," he said.

Paramedics loaded Stratton into an ambulance and headed for the hospital.

That's when he called his father - who will never forget what he said.

"Dad, I'm in the back of an ambulance. I've been shot in the shoulder but I'm going to be okay. Don't worry," said George Stratton Jr., Father of Stratton III.

Stratton was preparing for deployment to Afghanistan in January.

He calls these shootings a nightmare, but is not discouraged from returning to duty.

"I want to stay in the Army. I want to get this taken care of first," said Stratton.

Now he wants justice served to the gunman.

"I'm glad he's in the hospital. I hope he doesn't live through it. That's my personal opinion but I'm glad he's not going to hurt anybody else," said Stratton.

Stratton will be home for one month as his shoulder heals.

He says the first thing he wanted to do when he got home was to see his dogs. President Barack Obama signed a brigade coin given to Stratton before he left Texas.

A total of 30 were wounded at Fort Hood and 13 died.

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« Reply #826 on: December 05, 2009, 07:43:45 PM »

Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler graduated from Radford High School in 1999.

Fort Hood Victim Graduated from Radford High School

Reported by: Jessica Gellert
Last Update: 11/09 6:10 pm

The victims of Thursday's massacre at Fort Hood, Texas remain in the hospital, including a Radford High School graduate, now army staff sergeant, who got caught in the line of fire.

A teen that once walked the halls of Radford High School now lies in a hospital bed as a man fighting for his life.

"Obviously our world has turned upside down,” said Patrick’s father, Pat Zeigler.

28 year-old Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler was at Fort Hood last Thursday when military officials believe Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire at a soldier processing center.

"He just remembers getting hit and hitting the ground and reaching up and feeling his head,” explained Zeigler.

Patrick Zeigler was shot four times, including once in the head. He is one of 8 victims that remain in intensive care.  His father says it's a miracle he's alive and conscious.

“The first  thing he asked about, I mean literally, Friday morning when I  talked about him was how many were dead, how many were wounded.”

Radford High School year books from 1996 to 1999 show a happy and playful teen who was active in school.

In his senior year he was a member of the school band and part of the student council.

After graduating, he left Hawaii and joined the military.

But his love for the islands brought him back last year for vacation, photos show memories of a happier time at Waimea Bay and Zippys.

Zeigler just returned from his second tour of duty in Iraq and was about to get married.

But now his father isn't sure if he will be able to walk down the aisle or stay in the military.

“I don't know if he's going to be able to stay in the army.  I don't know if he's, we don't know  And right now we're concerned with six  months and a year from now.”

A trust has been set up for Zeigler at America National Bank.

His family says they're touched by the outpouring of support.

“I'd like to thank everybody that's prayed, that has helped our family, the families of the other soldiers."

If you would like to donate to Patrick Zeigler's Trust Fund send a check to:

SSG Zeigler, Patrick Trust Account
5809 Wesley St.
Greenville,TX 75402

Former Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary told News 13 his nephew is one of the solders critically wounded in the deadly shootout.

Ex-Sheriff Beary’s Nephew Shot At Fort Hood

Beary’s Nephew Improving After Ft. Hood Shooting

Friday, November 13, 2009 4:19:32 PM

Reported by Emily Lampa

ORLANDO -- The nephew of retired Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary who was shot at Fort Hood a week ago is recovering.

Patrick Zeigler, 28, suffered four gunshot wounds, three to the body and one to the head.

At one time, he was in critical condition, and family members were not sure he would survive, but now, Zeigler has been released from intensive care.

New Web site established for Lone Oak soldier wounded at Fort Hood

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« Reply #827 on: December 05, 2009, 07:52:49 PM »

Volunteers Open Toyshops To Aid Military Families At Fort Hood + Video

Volunteers are opening toyshops at major military posts including Fort Hood to provide free toys for the children of deployed and wounded troops.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (December 4, 2009)--) - Volunteers are setting up "toy shops" at Fort Hood and five other military posts around the country to give spouses and wounded soldiers the chance to pick up free toys for their children.

The nonprofit Operation Homefront is also opening shops at the National Guard Armory in Fayetteville, N.C., Fort Bliss, Fort Stewart, Ga.; and Fort Campbell, Ky.

The group expects to give toys and books to 3,000 military spouses and 10,000 military children.

The program is funded through a $1.1 million donation from Wal-mart.

Operation Homefront Web Site :

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« Reply #828 on: December 05, 2009, 08:21:47 PM »

Fort Hood tragedy hits close to home

By David Goodwin

An Eclectic man was injured during a rampage that left 13 dead at Fort Hood Army Post in Texas.

Army Chief Warrant Officer Chris Birmingham, a graduate of Elmore County High School, was shot three times when Major Nidal Malik Hassan opened fire with two handguns at a Soldier Readiness Center, where troops were preparing to leave for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to the 13 killed, 31 were injured in the massacre.

Birmingham’s mother, Maxine, said she spoke with him twice Friday morning. She said her son was “slurred up a little” with medicine, but seemed to be recovering. When she first got the news from his wife, Stephanie, Maxine said, “I just collapsed.”

She did not know the full extent of Chris’s injuries Friday. Birminghan was at Fort Hood preparing for deployment to Afghanistan.

Another Eclectic man, National Guard Warrant Officer John Estes, avoided the shooting spree by just 15 minutes, his wife Wanda said. Estes left Alabama last month for Fort Hood, and had just finished overseeing medical checkups at the readiness center before the shooting began.

“As soon as he left, he saw some ambulances go by and thought someone collapsed,” Estes said, recounting her husband’s call shortly after the tragedy. “Then he saw the police cars, and that’s when the base was put on lockdown.”

Birmingham previously donated an American flag to ECHS, which had flown over a forward operating base in Iraq. It now hangs above the school’s office.

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« Reply #829 on: December 06, 2009, 04:36:42 PM »

Hi All, and a BIG Thanks to Heart for the continuing coverage... I have been chatting with Alonzo Lunsford on FB, and it is really neat. (remember he is the one that really touched me casue his fmaily was searching the red cross for info on him right after the shootings) Anyway just thought I would elt ya know, our research is helping make friends..

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« Reply #830 on: December 06, 2009, 09:03:41 PM »

Hi All, and a BIG Thanks to Heart for the continuing coverage... I have been chatting with Alonzo Lunsford on FB, and it is really neat. (remember he is the one that really touched me casue his fmaily was searching the red cross for info on him right after the shootings) Anyway just thought I would elt ya know, our research is helping make friends..

Thanks Txsflame for your post.  Please relay my thanks and gratitude to Staff Sergeant Alonzo Lunsford, and let him know that I am very glad that he survived that horrible attack.

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« Reply #831 on: December 06, 2009, 09:06:06 PM »

Fort Hood deploys detachment affected by mass shooting

12/6/2009 1:42 PM
By: News 8 Austin Staff

The 457th Medical Detachment lost some of its members in last month's mass shooting at Fort Hood, and deployed remaining members to Afghanistan this weekend.

Maj. Laura Sultinger said the detachment's specialty is combat stress control.

She said the soldiers have stepped up and made it clear they can carry on with their duties. She said the public should know the soldiers who were killed will be remembered.

"They were all very dedicated caring soldiers, and they will not be forgotten, and that we are carrying on their honor," Maj. Sultinger said.

She said the detachment of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers will be needed more than ever in Afghanistan with the new troop surge.

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« Reply #832 on: December 07, 2009, 10:49:11 PM »

U.S. Man Named in India Plot

Authorities also are investigating whether radicalization turned Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas. The difference in the Headley case "is a U.S. citizen plotting abroad," said California Democratic Rep. Jane Harman, who is chairwoman of the House homeland security subcommittee on intelligence.


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« Reply #833 on: December 07, 2009, 10:54:35 PM »

MEDIA ADVISORY: "Fort Hood Community Strong" Unites Local Area Event Brings Healing, Fun and Entertainment to Fort Hood

Dec. 7, 2009, FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood will host "Fort Hood Community Strong," a day for healing, fun and entertainment Dec. 11 to uplift the spirits of the Fort Hood community in the wake of the Nov. 5 shooting incident.  Held at Hood Stadium, this event will feature free carnival rides, games, food and entertainment.

Fort Hood is home to more than 349,000 military personnel, family members, retirees and civilian employees.

"Fort Hood Community Strong" will feature performances and appearances by NHRA Army car driver Tony Schumacher, Mallory Lewis and "Lamb Chop," Bonzo Crunch the clown, The Houston Texans Cheerleaders, actor Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, comedian Dana Carvey, rapper Chamillionaire, the Zac Brown Band, STAIND lead singer Aaron Lewis and Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers.

This event is free and open to the public.  For up to date event information including a schedule of events and transportation information, please see  The USO, with the support of Fort Hood FMWR and AAFES, sponsors this event.

***Media interested in covering this event should contact III Corps Public Affairs at (254) 287-9993 or (254) 287-0106. Media coverage of this event will end at 2 p.m.

Event:      "Fort Hood Community Strong"

When:        Friday, Dec. 11, 2009
1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Event Schedule:
12:30 p.m.    Press conference by Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, USO President Sloan Gibson and celebrity guests
1:00 p.m.     Opening ceremony - national anthem, recognition of distinguished guests and donors, awards presentation, Tony Schumacher trophy presentation
1:30 p.m.    Entertainment begins
•    Aaron Lewis from rock group STAIND performs acoustic set
•    Nick Jonas
•    Chamillionaire
•    Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band
•    Dana Carvey
•    Zac Brown Band
7:00 p.m.    Event concludes

***Please note: Event schedule subject to change.

Where:    Hood Stadium
    Railhead Drive
    Fort Hood, Texas

USO Contact: Tiane Harrison, 703-908-6433
Please note: Prohibited Items
•    Explosive Weapons
•    Firearms
•    Knives
•    Clubs
•    Brass Knuckles
•    Glass containers (except baby bottles)
•    Pets
•    Alcohol
•    Fireworks
•    Backpacks (diaper bags allowed)

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« Reply #834 on: December 07, 2009, 11:01:18 PM »

Warrant Officer Chris Royal tried to stop Fort Hood gunman after he opened fire on post.

Alabama soldier, despite wounds during Fort Hood shooting rampage, intends to deploy to Iraq

By Tom Gordon -- The Birmingham News
December 07, 2009, 2:55PM

An Alabama-born Army officer who was shot three times during the Nov. 5 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, still has his good days and bad days, but he had a good one over the weekend when he rode on a float in the Saturday Christmas parade in his hometown of Eclectic.

"I had a wonderful time," said Warrant Officer Christopher Royal, who was the parade's grand marshal. Royal said he wanted to do what he could to support civic improvements in Eclectic and would be back in town next week to talk about that with local officials.

By mid-January, Royal, 37, will be following events in Eclectic at an even longer distance than he is now. He expects to be on his fourth deployment in Iraq.

"I plan on deploying ... in January whether I'm at 100 percent or not," Royal said Monday during a telephone interview while he was driving back to Fort Hood. "I've made provision to deploy and ... I'm trusting God that that's the right thing to do. I feel it's the right thing to do because if it was the wrong thing, then he would have took me completely out of that realm. But he did not, he allowed me to be able to perform as a soldier, so I am going to continue to be all that I can be."

Royal, who returned from a deployment to Afghanistan in July, was shot three times in the lower back on Nov. 5. Dozens were wounded on that day, and 13 shot fatally. Before being shot, Royal had thought he could overpower the shooter, but the man reloaded before Royal could get to him.

Royal, however, was able to walk out of the hospital and dine out with his family on the night of Nov. 6. He has been interviewed by military investigators and said he would be meeting with them again on Tuesday at Fort Hood.

"I'm still having some leakage, I'm still bleeding a little bit, but everything's working in God's will," Royal said. "I do have some bad days and the bad days are pretty tough, but the good days outweigh the bad days."

Royal's wife Stephanie, an Army captain, is scheduled to deploy to Iraq next February. The couple has a 2-year-old son, also named Christopher.

"We won't be in the same place for the first six months, but we're trying to end up our last six months ... together," Royal said.

Two other Alabamians were wounded during the Nov. 5 incident. Maj. Randy Royer of Dothan, a member of the Alabama Army National Guard's 135th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, was shot twice, suffered a broken arm and leg, and returned to Alabama before Thanksgiving. Army Sgt. Chad Davis, who has family in Eufaula, was slightly wounded.

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« Reply #835 on: December 07, 2009, 11:23:34 PM »

Al-Jazeera TV Discussion on Nidal Hasan's Fort Hood Shooting Spree

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« Reply #836 on: December 07, 2009, 11:35:04 PM »

Dispatches from Afghanistan

Fort Hood victims remembered in Afghanistan

By Meg Jones of the Journal Sentinel
Dec. 7, 2009 4:12 a.m. 

Last month’s massacre of soldiers at Fort Hood hit home at FOB Salerno where a group of medical personnel from the 452nd Combat Support Hospital are serving. Both Wisconsinites killed, Amy Krueger and Russell Seeger, had served in the Milwaukee-based unit.

Sgt. John Michel of Manitowoc knew Krueger very well. Like everyone else he learned of the Fort Hood shootings in eastern Afghanistan where news travels fast via the Internet and Armed Forces Network television.

“I seen it on the news and I thought how unfortunate,” Michel said today. “The next day I learned it was Amy Krueger. I couldn’t believe it. Of 13 people killed in the whole U.S. (in the massacre) and we had two.

“It makes me think it’s safer here.”

The unit sent the families of Krueger and Seeger two coffin-sized flags which had flown here at FOB Salerno.

Whenever a Shamrock is called here at FOB Salerno, the code used to alert the base that wounded are on the way, members of the 452nd Combat Support Hospital walk outside the facility’s doors and wait. Some wheel one of the litters – which are lined up outside the door like bicycles on a college campus – out to the walkway leading to the landing zone.

Others wait near the entrance and inside still more people wait. Though the combat support hospital has an idea of what kind of wounds and the severity of the case they’re waiting for, information from a battlefield is usually unreliable.

But one indicator, even before the patient is carried out of the Blackhawk helicopter, is the way the pilots land their aircraft.

Maj. Jeff Genner, who has been a RN for 16 years and works at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, has seen plenty of medevac choppers land since the unit arrived in July.

“If the patient is really critical, the pilot will just drop in on the X,” Genner said referring to the red cross painted on a white background on the landing zone. “If they’re not too bad you’ll see the helicopter taxi. Sometimes we’ll say ‘we’ve got a drop in.”

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« Reply #837 on: December 08, 2009, 07:40:08 PM »

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Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.

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« Reply #838 on: December 08, 2009, 07:53:36 PM »

FBI Opens Independent Review Of Its Actions In Fort Hood Case

   By Brent Kendall

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--FBI Director Robert S. Mueller called Tuesday for an independent review of the agency's handling of information about the Fort Hood shooting suspect in the months before the rampage there that left 13 dead.

Mueller tapped former FBI and CIA director William H. Webster to conduct the review, which will examine the agency's policies, practices and actions prior to the Nov. 5 shooting at the Texas army base. The Army psychiatrist charged in the shootings, Maj. Nidal Hasan, had contacts with a radical imam in Yemen while he worked at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

"It is essential to determine whether there are improvements to our current practices or other authorities that could make us all safer in the future," Mueller said in a statement.

The review is separate from an ongoing Department of Defense investigation and follows a preliminary FBI internal review that already has been completed. Results from that initial review have been delivered to the White House.

Webster, 85, will review those initial findings and take a broader look at agency policies on data collection and sharing, as well as other issues.

The National Security Agency had intercepted 10 to 20 communications over the past year between Hasan and Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemeni-based cleric who knew three of the airplane hijackers involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and who hailed Hasan as a "hero" after the shootings.

Terrorism investigators assigned to an FBI joint terrorism task force reviewed the communications but concluded the contacts didn't merit further investigation, attributing them to Hasan's research work at Walter Reed.

The Pentagon wasn't informed about the emails until after the shootings at Fort Hood.

Hasan has been charged in military court with murdering 13 people, and trying to kill 32 more. He remains in a military hospital in San Antonio and has not yet responded to the charges.


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« Reply #839 on: December 08, 2009, 07:58:15 PM »

FBI director appoints judge to review lead up to Fort Hood attack

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 8, 2009; 12:16 PM

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III has asked former director and retired federal judge William H. Webster to conduct an independent review of the bureau's actions in advance of last month's deadly shootings at Fort Hood, Tex., according to government officials familiar with the move.

This is the first indication that FBI officials are sufficiently concerned about bureau actions in the case that they would order an independent investigation. The Department of Defense already has ordered an inquiry into its handling of the matter.

Webster has been named to put "a second set of eyes" on the policies, procedures and actions pursued by two Joint Terrorism Task Forces in San Diego and Washington that reviewed e-mail messages between accused shooter Maj. Nidal M. Hasan and a radical Yemeni American cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi, the sources said, speaking anonymously because they were not authorized to discuss the situation.

Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, reached out by e-mail to Aulaqi about 18 times since December 2008, ending with a message in May 2009, a few months before the rapid-fire massacre that killed 13 people and wounded nearly three dozen more.

FBI agents in California already monitoring Aulaqi, whose violent rhetoric has inspired terrorist plots in Canada, Britain and the United States, forwarded two e-mails to the Washington task force, another government official confirmed. An analyst there took a few months to review the messages, before concluding they were innocent and in line with research Hasan had been conducting about Muslim soldiers and mental health issues, the official said.

Later e-mails between Hasan and the cleric were not sent to agents in Washington, but were reviewed by analysts in San Diego who determined they were in line with the earlier correspondence, the official added.

Since the attacks, lawmakers and national security experts have questioned whether FBI investigators did enough in response to the e-mail messages and whether bureaucratic rules that cover information sharing among federal agencies might have contributed to the failure to detect and disrupt Hasan before his alleged rampage.

The FBI forwarded to the White House last week the contents of its internal inquiry, but the report did not uncover significant new information about missed warning signs about Hasan.

FBI officials are not responding to any "elevated concern" or new disclosures about the task forces, but rather believe that an independent investigation conducted by someone with experience at the bureau is a "commonsense next step," one of the government officials said.

Webster has special familiarity with the intelligence community, privacy and civil liberties concerns because he also served as CIA director.

Webster will have free rein to pursue leads about what the FBI should have done in advance of the Nov. 5 shootings, the deadliest ever on a U.S. military base on American soil. He will have the authority to make recommendations about changes to the FBI's internal guidelines for national security investigations, as well as possible legislative fixes that could allow the bureau to share more information on U.S. citizens who emerge on the law enforcement radar screen under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the government officials said.

A representative for Webster said the retired judge would have no immediate comment and referred calls to the FBI.

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