Justin Crowley-Smilek, US Army (2011)

Justin Crowley-Smilek

Justin Crowley-Smilek, US Army Ranger, Maine

Justin Crowley-Smilek was a US Army veteran who was shot and killed by a Farmington, Maine police officer in 2011. Justin had deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 and returned suffering with Post Traumatic Stress. He was later honorably discharged from the military for PTSD. He moved back to Maine after his discharge from the Army. The shooting was deemed justified by the State Attorney General’s office. The family pursued justice in the civilian courts and has just recently been granted permission to move forward with a case against Officer Ryan Rosie.

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Maine town sued in shooting death of Army veteran
Deal in Farmington Wrongful Death Suit Rejected
Farmington denies lawsuit allegations that officer in 2011 shooting was not well trained
Farmington police officer will be tried for Crowley-Smilek shooting
Lawsuit alleging excessive force by Farmington police officer to move forward
Farmington officer will head to trial in shooting death

Non Combat Deaths of Female Soldiers in the US Military (Other Areas)

Map of Middle East


20 Apr 08: PO1 Cherie Morton, Navy (medical, under investigation)
22 Oct 07: MASN Anamarie Camacho, Navy (gunshot wound, homocide)
22 Oct 07: MASN Genesia Gresham, Navy (gunshot wound, homocide)
1 Oct 07: MASA Shayna Schnell, Navy (injuries sustained in a vehicle accident)
19 Sep 06: LCDR Jane (Lanham) Tafoya, Navy (non-combat related causes)


26 Jul 06: CIVILIAN Donna Marie Kerns (vehicle accident)


27 Aug 12: Sgt Jessica Wing, Maine Army National Guard (death ruled suicide)
19 Feb 09: Spc Cwislyn Walter, Hawaii Army National Guard (non combat related vehicular accident)
12 Nov 07: Spc Ashley Sietsema, Army (injuries sustained in vehicle accident)
6 Nov 07: Spc Christine Ndururi, Army (medical, unexplained non-combat illness)
1 Oct 06: SSG Denise A Lannaman, New York Army National Guard (gunshot wound, death ruled suicide)
28 Oct 05: 1LT Debra A. (Butler) Banaszak, Missouri Army National Guard (non-combat related injury, death ruled suicide)

The Arabian Sea

31 Dec 06: DCFA Sandra Fry, Navy (assigned to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, medical, cardiac arrest)

The Persian Gulf

25 Oct 03: FN Jakia Sheree Cannon, Navy (assigned to USS Enterprise, medical, died of natural causes while underway)

Non Combat Deaths of Female Soldiers in the US Military (Iraq)

Map of Iraq

    • 111 US women died in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
    • 69 female soldiers considered Combat Death (63%)
    • 41 female soldiers considered Non-Combat Death (37%)
    • 1 civilian journalist from the Boston Globe died in a vehicle accident
    • Non-Combat Death: Murder, Suicide, Unknown, Accidents, Medical
      • Combat: 69 (63%)
      • Murder/Suicide/Unknown: 23 (21%)
      • Accidents: 12 (11%)
      • Medical: 6 (5%)
    • 36 of 41 Non-Combat Deaths are in Army (88%) 

Combat vs Non Combat Deaths of Female Soldiers in Iraq

2 Jul 10: Spc Morganne McBeth, Army (homocide, stabbed by another soldier)
8 Mar 10: SSG Lakeshia Bailey, Army (vehicle rollover, accident)
21 Feb 10: CWO2 Billie Grinder, Tennessee Army National Guard (hard landing, family sued helicopter maker for faulty system that caused crash and settled)
10 Feb 10: Pfc Adriana Alvarez, Army (gunshot wound, under investigation)

4 Nov 09: SSG Amy (Seyboth) Tirador, Army (gunshot wound, Army claimed suicide, family believes execution style murder, cold case)

19 Oct 08: LCpl Stacy Dryden, USMC (fight with fellow soldier, homocide, cold case)
1 Sep 08: SSG Renee Deville, Army (injured in Iraq, died unexpectedly at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after graduating from NCO course)
14 Aug 08: Pvt Janelle King, Army (non combat related incident, under investigation)
2 Aug 08: Pfc Jennifer Cole, Army (gunshot wound to abdomen, negligent homocide)
17 Jul 08: TSgt Jackie Larsen, USAF (medical, natural causes)
9 May 08: Spc Mary Jaenichen, Army (non-combat related injury, under investigation)
22 Feb 08: Spc Keisha Morgan, Army (death ruled accidental overdose, family suspects rape and murder, cold case)
25 Jan 08: Sgt Tracy Birkman, Army (non-combat related injury, under investigation)

20 Sep 07: Capt (Dr) Roselle M. Hoffmaster, Army (death ruled suicide)
7 Sep 07: Spc Marisol Heredia, Army (non-combat injuries, medical, severely burned, died in Texas from infection, under investigation)
16 Aug 07: Spc Kamisha J Block, Army (gunshot wound, homocide, workplace violence)
9 Aug 07: SSG Alicia Birchett, Army (vehicle ran over her while she was changing tire, under investigation)
7 Feb 07: Capt Jennifer Harris, USMC (helicopter crash, no sign that it involved hostile fire, under investigation)
28 Jan 07: Spc Carla Stewart, Army (wounds sustained when convoy vehicle rolled over)
20 Jan 07: CSM Marilyn Gabbard, Iowa Army National Guard (helicopter crash, might have been shot down, under investigation)
16 Jan 07: MA1 Jennifer Valdivia, Navy (hazed and bullied by supervisor, carbon monoxide poisoning, death ruled suicide by NCIS)

12 Dec 06: Major Gloria Davis, Army (gunshot wound, death ruled suicide)
26 Nov 06: SSG Jeannette Dunn, Army (non-combat related injury, under investigation)
4 Sep 06: Pfc Hannah McKinney, Army (struck by vehicle, family believes rape & murder)
8 Apr 06: L/Cpl Juana Arellano, USMC (wounds received supporting combat operations)
11 Mar 06: Pfc Amy Duerksen, Army (non-combat gunshot injury)
1 Mar 06: Pfc Tina Priest, Army (reported rape, died of non-combat gunshot wound to the chest, cold case)
7 Jan 06: 1LT Jaime Lynn (Krausse) Campbell, Alaska Army National Guard (helicopter crash)

19 Jul 05: Pfc LaVena Johnson, Army (non-combat gunshot injury, death ruled suicide, family claims rape and murder based on autopsy evidence)
4 Mar 05: Spc Adriana N. Salem, Army (accident, military vehicle roll over)
1 Mar 05: Spc Lizbeth Robles, Army (injuries sustained in a military vehicle accident)
16 Feb 05: Spc Katrina Lani (Johnson) Bell, Army (accident, vehicle rollover)

13 Dec 04: SSG Tina Time, Army Reserve (supply truck she was driving during a dust storm collided with another military vehicle)
4 Oct 04: SSG Gina Sparks, Army (died at Fort Polk, Louisiana from injuries sustained from a gunshot wound in Iraq)
6 Jun 04: Pfc Melissa Hobart, Army (medical, died after collapsing while on guard duty)
7 Mar 04: Capt Gussie Jones, Army (non-combat related cause, under investigation)
14 Jan 04: SSG Keicia Hines, Army (Army reports accidentally struck by a vehicle)

8 Nov 03: SSG Linda Jimenez, Army (medical, fell running to keep up with friends, died of complications at Walter Reed after a blood clot formed, caused stroke)
1 Oct 03: Spc Tamarra Ramos, Army (medical, non-combat related injuries, cancer)
15 Sep 03: Spc Alyssa Peterson, Army (gunshot wound, death ruled suicide)
9 Jul 03: SSG Melissa Valles, Army (noncombat gunshot wound to abdomen)
8 May 03: CIVILIAN Elizabeth Neuffer, Boston Globe Journalist (automobile accident)

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U.S. Military Keeping Secrets About Female Soldiers’ ‘Suicides’?

Ating Eminue, US Army (2015)

Sgt. Ating Eminue

Honoring Sgt Ating Eminue, US Army, who was shot and killed outside a homeless shelter in Atlanta, Georgia on August 30, 2015. No arrests have been made and this case is under investigation. Atlanta police have asked that individuals who may have information about the incident contact them via Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta.

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Guardsman shot, killed outside Atlanta homeless shelter

Charles Martland, US Army, Losing his Career for Roughing up Corrupt Afghan Official Accused of Rape

Charles Martland

Justice for Army 1st SGT. Class Charles Martland

“We’ve got to let people know what the military’s doing, how the lawyers are running the show.” ~Rep Duncan Hunter

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JBLM soldier who beat Afghan man over child’s rape faces Army discharge
Army Kicking Out Decorated Green Beret Who Stood Up for Afghan Rape Victim
Colonel: U.S. Soldier Should Not ‘Impose’ on All Afghan Customs, Including Child Rape

Hunter Kelly, US Army (2015)

Hunter Kelly

Honoring Spc Hunter Kelly, US Army, who was found dead at another’s soldier’s home near Fort Stewart, Georgia on August 29, 2015. Peter Petri, also a US Army soldier, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct. Ryan Brown, another US Army soldier was also arrested for obstruction of a law enforcement officer. This case is under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Long County Sheriff’s Office. Military officials are cooperating.

“He had this unexplainable ability to excel at everything he did.” ~Ron Kelly (Hunter’s father)

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Soldier killed near Georgia army base ID’d as Sparks resident
Sparks soldier killed; soft spoken, bigger than life

Karlyn Ramirez, US Army (2015)

Karlyn Ramirez

Karlyn Ramirez, US Army soldier stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland, was found dead of gunshot wounds in her home on August 25, 2015 while she lay next to her newborn baby. As of now, the husband is cooperating with authorities but there have been no arrests. The police need your help trying to find who did this.

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Robert Craig Cox, US Army

Robert Craig Cox, US Army

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Highlights of Lt Col Teresa James, Army National Guard, Military Sexual Assault Case

Lt Col Teresa James

Lt Col Teresa James

Lt Col Teresa James had a stellar career in the Army National Guard for over 30 years until she reported being sexually assaulted by a senior officer. Shortly after reporting the crime, she took convalescent leave for 30 days to seek medical treatment and eventually was medically retired because “she refused to come into work” according to leadership in the West Virginia Army National Guard. Lt Col James states that she asked for an extension to her convalescent leave (while continuing to seek medical treatment) or to work at an alternate location away from those who were retaliating against her. She did not want to retire and fought the forced medical retirement process but lost those appeals.

She is now speaking up about the sexual assault and retaliation she experienced after reporting the assault. She is focusing on ensuring that all State’s enact legislation to protect their National Guard members. Unfortunately, the National Guard does not fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government, therefore each state needs to enact their own legislation outlining their policies regarding military sexual assault. This case is a good example of the complications associated with the expedited transfer policy and how it is applied to the National Guard when both the accused and the victim are permanently stationed at the same location.

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62 Percent of Military Sex Assault Reports Result in Retaliation (A Taste of Creole)
62 Percent of Military Sex Assault Reports Result in Retaliation (NBC Washington)
US: Military Whistleblowers At Risk, Retaliation for Reporting Sexual Assault
WVNG Sexual Assault Claims; Female Officer: Leaders Didn’t Act Fast Enough against Superior
Reporting and Law Enforcement Facts For LTC Teresa James, West Virginia National Guard

62 Percent of Military Sex Assault Reports Result in Retaliation

Originally posted on Atasteofcreole's Blog:


Military personnel who report rape and sexual assault are 12 times more likely to face retaliation than see their attacker convicted, according to a new report released Monday by Human Rights Watch, which interviewed roughly 150 current and recently retired service members who reported sexual assault.

The 118-page report found 62 percent said they faced retaliation after they made their report, listing examples ranging from threats and vandalism to discharges and criminal charges.

One of the women interviewed was Lt. Col. Teresa James, the highest ranking officer to come forward with a rape claim in the National Guard, according to a recent report by the Guard. The News4 I-Team first brought you her story when she said she believes her 34-year military career with the West Virginia National Guard was destroyed after she reported her rape.

Lt. Col. James attended the news conference and told the…

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