Violent Crime, Non Combat Death & Suicide at United States Military Bases

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*Research not complete.

My experiences as a victim of crime in the United States military inspired me to do the work I do today as a military justice policy analyst. Not only did I witness first hand how a predator operates but I witnessed multiple predator types in real time while serving my country. If these people committed these acts of crimes at work in the civilian world, they would have been in jail or I would have been rich after taking my employer to civil court. Well maybe not because the deck is stacked against the accuser but we do in fact have a civilian justice system that allows us to hold others accountable, while it simultaneously protects the due process rights of the accused. This cannot be said of the military justice system. There is no guarantee a military Commander will do anything with a crime report let alone process the felony crime effectively. We do not want a justice system where one man or woman decides whether to do nothing, give a non judicial punishment for a felony crime, or railroad the accused or accuser. We do want a justice system where we can hold our employer accountable without roadblocks from the Pentagon, Congress, and the Feres Doctrine. We cannot effectively tackle the violent crime issue in the military until the victims of crimes, like sexual assault and domestic violence, feel safe enough to report. Crime victims have expressed that they do not want to report crimes to a Commander for fear of retaliation. The Department of Defense admitted that of those of who did report the crime, 62% perceived that they faced retaliation. If service members felt safe enough to report, it could help us prevent homicide, suicide, and non combat death.

If we think about violent crime committed by military personnel compared to violent crime statistics in the United States (reference above graph), at first glance it appears the military has a homicide ‘issue’ among the ranks. Please see the below links for a sample of crime on some of the U.S. military bases. All military bases worldwide will eventually be included in this research. And the research for sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, and physical assault specifically has not been conducted yet either. Because the research is far from being complete, it is too early to make any assumptions so I will put the data in one place and let you come to your own conclusions. But if military crime mirrors civilian crime statistics, one can deduce that if the military has a lot of homicide, there is even more rape. Currently the number one concern in the military is a Commander’s ability to give a non judicial punishment for a felony crime. A Commander can bypass the courts martial process simply by punishing and/or discharging the accused with a preponderance of the evidence. This does nothing to protect our military personnel and the civilians who live near our bases in America and worldwide. Predators do not discriminate. They are just as likely to harm civilians as they are military personnel. They know their rights and they know that jurisdiction issues and lack of communication among law enforcement agencies will help prolong getting caught. We need to be one step ahead.

We can’t get real violent crime numbers for the military bases unless we include those who died of non combat deaths while they were deployed. Veterans Noonie Fortin and Ann Wright inspired me to initially look into the non combat deaths of female soldiers overseas because they observed the unusually high number of female soldiers who died of non combat deaths during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their chief concern was that although the military labels a non combat death as a suicide, there are suspicions that some female soldiers were murdered, like LaVena Johnson, Amy Tirador, and Ciara Durkin. I did the research on every single female soldier who died from non combat deaths overseas and their concerns are valid. My research on non combat deaths in Iraq alone revealed that roughly 30% of female soldiers died as a result of homicide, suicide, and other unknown causes. I am working on collecting the data for male soldiers who died from non combat related injuries in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas. I started with 2010 so we can get the most recent cases but I will go back to September 11, 2001 in the next phase of data collection. The first male soldier non combat death case I found in 2010 was an unsolved homicide. His name was SSG Anton Phillips and he was stabbed to death in Afghanistan. Further research in this area has uncovered that non combat deaths of male soldiers are just as prevalent.

Learn more:
The US Military Recruited Violent Felons to Support the War Efforts
Non Combat Deaths of Female Soldiers in the US Military (Afghanistan)
Non Combat Deaths of Female Soldiers in the US Military (Iraq)
Non Combat Deaths of Female Soldiers in the US Military (Other Areas)
Violent Crime, Non Combat Death & Suicide at Fort Bragg, North Carolina (US Army)
Violent Crime, Non Combat Death & Suicide at Fort Campbell, Kentucky (US Army)
Violent Crime, Non Combat Death & Suicide at Fort Carson, Colorado (US Army)
Violent Crime, Non Combat Death & Suicide at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington
Violent Crime, Non Combat Death & Suicide at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Violent Crime at Fort Wainwright, Alaska (US Army)
Violent Crime at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
A List of Soldiers Targeted & Murdered for the Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance Benefits
Rep Nikki Tsongas & Rep Mike Turner Host Educational Caucus: Improving Treatment Resources for Male Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma
An Open Letter to the Senate and House of Representatives in Support of the Military Justice Improvement Act
Letter of Support for Save Our Heroes in Our Shared Quest for Military Justice Reform & Constitutional Rights

Violent Crime at Fort Wainwright, Alaska (US Army)

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*Research Not Complete

Fort Wainwright is the home of the United States Army Garrison and units of the United States Army Alaska (USARAK) including the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, also known as the 1-25th SBCT; the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade (Alaska) and the Medical Department Activity-Alaska.

Nicholas Marcum, US Army (2015)
Fort Wainwright soldier charged with giving alcohol to, raping child
Fort Wainwright soldier charged with raping child on base
Fort Wainwright soldier charged with child sex abuse
Fort Wainwright soldier charged with rape of a child
Fort Wainwright soldier sentenced to 20 years for raping girl
Fort Wainwright soldier convicted, sentenced for rape of teen

Nathaniel Ulroan, US Army (2014)
Wainwright soldier charged in death of son, 3
Soldier to be Tried for Murder of Son, Rape of Wife
Alaska-based soldier’s court-martial set on murder, rape charges
Soldier Accused of Killing His Son and Abusing His Wife to Face Court Martial
Alaska soldier charged with premeditated murder in boy’s on-base death
Alaska soldier’s court-martial moved to Washington state
Fort Wainwright soldier pleads guilty to son’s murder
Alaska soldier guilty of premeditated murder in 3-year-old son’s death
Fort Wainwright soldier pleads guilty to murder of 3-year-old son
Soldier gets life sentence in death of son

Shane Michael Holton, US Army (2013)
Shane Michael Holton
Fort Wainwright soldier found dead in barracks
21-year-old Goodrich soldier found dead inside barracks at Alaska U.S. Army base
Family of Goodrich-area soldier Shane Holton awaits answers about his death in Alaska
‘He just wanted to serve his country’
Do it for Shane
Soldiers/Veterans Dead of Probable Sudden Cardiac Death (PROB SCD)
Sport shooting event in honor of Goodrich soldier to fund heart screenings

Robert D. Carlson, US Army (2012)
Criminal or victim?
Soldier’s struggle with PTSD turns tragic
How should military treat veterans with PTSD who lose control?
Felony charges withdrawn against Fairbanks man accused of shooting at police car
Washington Post to Veterans: You Deserve Pity, Are Not Responsible for Your Actions
Correctional Center helps veterans with a criminal record adjust to civilian life

Joshua Jordan Corona, US Army (2012)
Wainwright Soldier Charged in Murder
Detroit funeral set for soldier shot in Alaska
Civilian criminal charges dropped against soldier
Fort Wainwright soldier convicted in fatal shooting
Wainwright soldier convicted of manslaughter

Ryan Offutt, US Army (2011)
Army Charges 8 in Wake of Death of a Fellow G.I.
8 US soldiers charged in death of bullied comrade, Pvt. Daniel Chen
Danny Chen Death: NYC Chinese-Americans Decry Hazing Of Army Private In Afghanistan
Army drops manslaughter charge against 1 soldier accused in Danny Chen’s death
Outrage over Army platoon’s ‘Racial Thursdays’ where soldiers would hurl slurs at fellow troops and private who committed suicide once served
Army investigates alleged ‘Racial Thursdays’ in unit

Aaron M. Rentfrow, US Army (2011)
Army identifies soldier held in wife’s death
Army identifies Spc. Aaron M. Rentfrow as soldier being held in wife’s death
Fort Wainwright soldier faces charge of murdering his wife
Fort Wayne soldier held in pre-trial confinement in wife’s death
Conway Woman Killed in Alaska, Soldier Husband Jailed
Testimony begins in court-martial of Fort Wainwright soldier accused of murdering his wife
Soldier denies killing was premeditated
Wainwright soldier convicted in wife’s death
Fort Wainwright soldier found guilty of murder in wife’s death
Former Soldier Gets Life in Prison

Orane A. Green, US Army (2010)
Fort Wainwright man faces charge of attempted murder of an unborn child

Michael Moore, US Army (2010)
Second of three men charged in murder sentenced

Scott Buber, US Army (2000)
Army court martial panel deliberating charges in boy’s death

Nathaniel Ulroan, US Army, Gets Life in Death of Son (2014)

US Army Seal

Nathaniel Ulroan, US Army

Related Links:
Wainwright soldier charged in death of son, 3
Soldier to be Tried for Murder of Son, Rape of Wife
Alaska-based soldier’s court-martial set on murder, rape charges
Soldier Accused of Killing His Son and Abusing His Wife to Face Court Martial
Alaska soldier charged with premeditated murder in boy’s on-base death
Alaska soldier’s court-martial moved to Washington state
Fort Wainwright soldier pleads guilty to son’s murder
Alaska soldier guilty of premeditated murder in 3-year-old son’s death
Fort Wainwright soldier pleads guilty to murder of 3-year-old son
Soldier gets life sentence in death of son

Pvt Danny Chen, US Army, Died of a Non Combat-Related Incident in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan (2011)

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Pvt Danny Chen, US Army

Pvt. Danny Chen, 19, US Army, died of a non combat-related incident in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2011. Pvt Chen was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom on behalf of the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division in Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Related Links:
DOD Identifies Army Casualty
Army Pvt. Danny Chen
Hazing and Harassment in the Military
Army charges 8 in Afghanistan in death of fellow U.S. soldier
8 soldiers charged in death of fellow serviceman
8 U.S. Army Soldiers Charged in Death of Fellow Serviceman in Afghanistan
Danny Chen’s family seeks justice in Army hazing death
Pvt. Danny Chen’s Family Speaks Out Against Military Hazing As Final Soldier Faces Punishment
Pvt. Danny Chen, 1992–2011
Why Black America Should Care About Private Danny Chen’s Suicide
Death of Private Danny Chen: Military Admits Chen was Target of Race-Based Hazing on Daily Basis
Charges referred in Pvt. Danny Chen case
Pvt. Danny Chen committed suicide a day before he was to be transferred, witness says
Army suicide testimony: Sergeant taunted Danny Chen with slurs
As Danny Chen Case Continues, Questions About Soldiers’ Punishments
A Young Private’s Suicide Reflects a Massive Failure of Leadership
Platoon Leader Dismissed from Army for Hazing Death of Pvt. Danny Chen
Military Court Convicts US Soldier in Hazing Trial
Soldier Convicted in Pvt. Danny Chen Suicide Case
Three Years Later, A Moment of Silence for Private Danny Chen
OCA remembers Private Danny Chen
Who Killed Private Danny Chen?
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Pvt. Danny Chen, and our highly conditional love of American soldiers
An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier
Manhattan Street Renamed for Danny Chen, Soldier Bullied into Suicide in Afghanistan
Outrage over Army platoon’s ‘Racial Thursdays’ where soldiers would hurl slurs at fellow troops and private who committed suicide once served