Senator Calls For Army Investigation Into Colorado Murders

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
 Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar has asked Army Secretary Pete Geren to investigate a string of slayings allegedly involving Fort Carson soldiers after they returned from deployments in Iraq.

U.S. Army soldiers from K Troop, Third Squadron, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment, patrol in Mosul, Iraq Tuesday, March 25, 2008. The northern city is considered by the U.S. military as the last urban stronghold for al-Qaida in Iraq. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar has asked Army Secretary Pete Geren to investigate a string of slayings allegedly involving Fort Carson soldiers after they returned from deployments in Iraq.

Five soldiers from the post's 4th Brigade Combat Team have been charged with homicides and a sixth has been charged with attempted murder. Fort Carson announced week it would re-screen about 1,200 soldiers from the brigade for potential physical or mental health problems.

In his letter delivered Friday, Salazar asked Geren to also examine the personnel records of the soldiers accused in the deaths, including whether they've been flagged for mental health concerns and what steps the Army has taken.

In response to Salazar's letter, Ft. Carson officials released the following statements from Commanding General Mark Graham:

"I spoke to Senator Salazar today regarding his concerns outlined in his
letter to Secretary of the Army Geren," Graham said. "We are all
saddened by the recent murder of Ms. Judi Lawrence and our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

"We have many great young Americans in our Army who have volunteered to serve during a time of war, almost all of whom are great citizens.

However, we too are very concerned about these horrible acts. Therefore, I have established a comprehensive task force to identify any commonalities between previous homicides by our Soldiers or former Soldiers. This task force is comprised of representatives from legal, medical (to include behavioral health), law enforcement and human resources, and will report directly to me.

"This remains the land of the Free ... Because of the Brave."


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  • by robin Location: co,springs,co on Oct 20, 2008 at 05:07 AM
    Hello,im an army wife,and my comment is,I agree they should have more soliders , tested and re tested. Let face it, these men have seen some horrorific stuff. And no, thats no exuse for that soliders actions what so ever. more testing ,before and after is the ticket for me.
  • by so what Location: co on Oct 18, 2008 at 08:00 AM
    Does it really matter? I mean after all at the end of day, you are rushed into a tent, placed in front of a shrink for 30 seconds who asks "are you angry and do you want to hurt anyone or yourself." Hmmmm....let me think about that one. Yeah, I could probably comment here… I have been on some BS deployment; I am constantly surrounded by an administration and/or leadership I cannot trust, this is my 3rd time over here, Oh yeah, and I would like to knock someone out who looks at me the wrong way. Well then, you need to get some assistance when you get back to post with your unit, I will note the referral in your file. So what…so what now? I left the Army without seeing a shrink; after all, what is it that they really do. Give me medicine, keep me stoned, and lock me up. I feel better letting society re-calibrate me. This needs to happen in country (societal readjustments) before you are even allowed to come home.
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