Posted on Mar 10, 2015
SGT Jim Z.
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Edited spelling mistake in the title.

SSgt Gabriel A. Rosa has been charged with negligent homicide in the death of a fellow airman last July in a training exercise at Pope Field. The commander was relieved a month or two ago.

http://www.fayobserver.com/military/fort-bragg-airman-faces-negligent-homicide-charge-in-july-training/article_a53204db-68da-5f65-a3c5-83167a96562d.html
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"The rope always breaks at the thinner portion". An old saying from my DS in basic training.
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TSgt Joshua Copeland
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I am shocked that it isn't a full CM. Summary seems "light" in terms of what punishment it can impose given that the end result was death.
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SGT Jim Z.
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I think they are using the common sense aspect but like I said they should have charged the former commander with this charge as well since this accident was preventable from the investigations findings.
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS
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I think it is one of two things TSgt Joshua Copeland , they either don't have enough evidence for a General, or they plea'd it down to a Summary, with an OTH/Administrative separation tied to it.

SGT Jim Z. The commander was probably relieved for a "failure to supervise" (loss of confidence), but since she wasn't directly involved in the death, there is no actual link from her to the airman's death. You can fire someone for "anything" but you have to have evidence to charge them under the UCMJ.
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SGT Jim Z.
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS yes you are right about the lost of confidence. Here is the press release from when they announced it and I am drawn to the second line of the second paragraph.

http://www.fortbraggpresscenter.com/go/doc/5287/2451682/43rd-Aeromedical-Evacuation-Squadron-commander-relieved-of-command
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SSgt Forensic Meteorological Consultant
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Isn't homocide the same as murder? And I am having a problem understanding any of this. What was done by SSgt Rosa and why is this his fault. Secondly only a dumbass see can't the pattern of abuse to leadership in these kinds of matters. And this is not an officer/NCO thing at all. But it begs questions of a fall guy.

Critical Thinking 101B people.
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TSgt Joshua Copeland
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SSgt (Join to see) Homocide is killing someone else. There are different types of homicide with the major catagories being Murder,Manslaughter and Justified Homocide. Murder is normally divided in to two separate categories of 1st and 2nd Degree with 1st being a pre-planned intent to kill where 2nd is often called the "crime of passion" where there was no previous intent to kill, but the actions killed anyway. Negligent Homicide is often a lesser included offense of Murder or Manslaughter where there was no intent to kill, but through action or inaction caused the death. Justified is as the name suggest, killing within your rights in the defense of self or others.
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS
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If I understand it correctly, it was an unauthorized training scenario, which resulted in an airman's death. Rosa didn't kill the airman, however because the other person was bound & gagged, they were ran over by a HMMWV, which they likely would have been able to avoid had they not been bound/gagged.

So, what we have to ask is:

1) Did Rosa know that the scenario was unauthorized?
2) Was he allowed to bind/gag the other airman?
3) Was the scenario adequately briefed from the top down?
4) Were adequate safety measures in place?
5) What was the break down that actually caused the death?

Overall though, a Summary CM is fairly lenient, however, they don't mention whether it is tied to an OTH/Administrative Discharge if convicted.
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SSgt Forensic Meteorological Consultant
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Yeah too many questions or at least that I can understand...
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