John: "Embarrassing. 4th Styker brigade was pretty messed up when I left lewis in the beginning of 2008."
Me: "I agree it is a little embarrassing that a base this big can't "police" itself up. But the Army is changing and so are the Soldiers. They do what they see their leaders do and sometimes they are just as bad!!"
John: "Unfotunately this guys rambo actions reinforce stereotypes veterans battle everyday. Leadership failure for sure."
Andy:"Leadership starts at home. Even the best NCO can't undo 18 years of bad parenthood overnight."
Andy: "I got found it ironic that one of police officers interviewed about crime around JBLM tried to blame the military for causing most of the violence. Yeah, right. Lakewood, WA has plenty of its own problems, (http://www.komonews.com/
Andy: " I hope the Soldiers and Airmen around JBLM take heed. Police officers read the news, too. You can be damn sure that this recent series of unfortunate events will bias them against the local military much the same way that a platoon will treat locals from a town differently after an IED strike against one of their own. Don't expect to get a break on that speeding ticket or be cut any slack for that DUI. The word is out on the street and in the national newspapers: JBLM is a hot bed for military misbehavior."
Me: "Totally agree Andy it's just poor business when that 10% pit the military community against the surrounding communities. There is already a pretty exclusivness by military families that live on post against the "civilians" but I believe this widens that rift."
Andy: "Gene - a former squad leader shared this article with me. It clearly articulates that the Rainier gunman wasn't a crazed military killer devoid of positive Army leadership. Instead, he was just a nutjob who had no place in the Army to begin with. It's too bad that the "Rambo with PTSD" storyline sells more newspapers than the truth."
Here is that article:
The Mt. Rainier Shooting and PTSD: How the Media Got It Wrong
January 6, 2012