Posts Tagged ‘Army’

The Will to Combat Bullying in the Most Unexpected Workplaces

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Domineering martinets in corporations are militaristic. Their way is the only way.They bark commands in ceaseless efforts to control others, mainly subordinates. Wonder how many were ever in the military as volunteer soldiers, sailors or marines. Very few, I suppose.

A couple of weeks ago I learned about the campaign against bullying in the real military — U.S. Army and Navy and West Point (U.S.M.A.). Internal EEO (read: diversity officers) are leading the way. Bullying is piggybacking on hazing.



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Empathy, integrity, torture led to Army suicide

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Alyssa Peterson

Sept. 15, 2010 marks the 7th anniversary of Alyssa Peterson’s death in Iraq.

Alyssa Peterson, 27, a Flagstaff Arizona native served in a military intelligence unit of the 101st Airborne in Iraq in 2003. She formally and loudly objected to techniques used against prisoners (which we have all since learned were torture). She was trained in Arabic and interrogation techniques.  She was a Mormon who, prior to deployment, reportedly was questioning her faith. Her family and fellow trainees remembered her as extremely empathetic and kind.



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PTSD Diagnosis “Changes” for American Vets

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Military vets are exposed to trauma. No secret there. However, the rates of American vets suffering PTSD is skyrocketing because of repeated 1-yr. tours in war zones. Effective July 12, 2010, the VA has a new regulation (subject to termination after the Obama administration leaves office). Described as “relaxed rules,” the vet’s symptoms (irritability, flashbacks, deep depression, and other emotional or behavior problems) will be used by the military clinicians to diagnosis PTSD. The change drops the requirement that events that caused the symptoms be documented.



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Army demotes, discharges Mom for putting baby first

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Update of Nov 2009 story US Army single parent Alexis Hutchinson was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan. She was told that she had 30 more days to find care for her baby. The base commander never actually granted the promised extension.  (DoD integrity?) Her care plan was not finalized  prior to deployment date, so the Army arrested her for a short while. Because she refused to deploy without knowing how her son would be cared for, they threatened her with a court martial. According to NY Times reporter James Dao, there are more than 10,000 active duty single parents deployed overseas. Resolution came for Hutchinson on Feb. 11 — a demotion in rank to private, a less-than-honorable discharge, and loss of veterans benefits. She avoided a trial and jail, but the Army has no remorse for manufacturing the conflict between her job’s contractual obligations and her responsibility as a mother. Adding insult to the discharge, her employer claimed that she “didn’t intend to deploy to Afghanistan with her unit and deliberately sought ways out of the deployment.” A mean-spirited tactic — denigrate the humiliated, terminated employee.

Imagine that. A sane single parent not wanting to deploy. What an upside down world when seen through a mother’s eyes.


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Army tears child from mother; prison for mom

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Army cook specialist Alexis Hutchinson, 21, is a single mother of 10-month-old son, Kamani. She is stationed, and now imprisoned, at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, GA. She was scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan for her first tour. She asked for, and was granted, a time extension for her deployment in order to find a caregiver for her son.



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