Some people shouldn't be allowed near computers...
The blame for an Army spouse learning of her husbandís combat death via text last week rests squarely on the shoulders of other spouses within the unit, not on a failure of the Army notification process, a Fort Stewart official told SpouseBUZZ today.
That's...really disgusting. RIP Sgt. Born.
Shameful. But if the unit didn't fail at any point how did ANY spouse have this information at all?
So here’s the problem with this whole thing: the Army’s casualty notification process relies on a combination of trusting spouses who do have privileged information (whether rightly or wrongly – and sometimes they get it through no fault or action of their own."
Why does any spouse have any "privelaged" information?
They shouldn't. Period. But if they do hear about it Twitter or Faceyspace shouldn't be a frigging option.
It used to be policy that all MWR computers within a Brigade and Phones were shut down after a fatality to give the Team back in the USA time to notify the NOK.
Now schmucks call home after a firefight or IED and buddy **** their dead brothers by telling all before a team can do its job. its shameful.
I've got firsthand experience of this though not in a military setting. A few years ago I was going to meet my friend Geoff at a local pub at opening time. Geoff got there ahead of me to find the pub closed and a few people outside including the girlfriend of Ian the landlord. Since Geoff used to rent a room in the pub he still had a key and let himself and the girlfriend in where unfortunately they found Ian had passed away in his sleep the night before. I arrived a few minutes later to find news of this had gotten down the crowd outside, one of whom immediately posted it on facebook before the police and ambulance service had even arrived. I spent the next two hours phoning and visiting people (Some of whom had known Ian for thirty years) to give them the bad news so they'd hear it from someone in person rather than on facebook.
People seem to be willing to trample each other just to be the first to post something on facebook ... a$$holes
This is what those wives on "army spouse blog" would do just to show how much connections they have to receive such details before anyone else.
He gave a name of Spc. Pel**tier as KIA. MY NCOIC told him to STFU and not call again with names. We had all known the kid named and were broken up and then the Official word comes in that SPC. Pal***tier was the KIA, a Totally different Joe. Caused a ruckus as imagined and later that day the State CSM sent down a Priorty E-Mail telling Officers and NCO's to do their damn jobs and stop people from disseminating info and names until the Casualty Notification teams had done their job.