Kiss my Converse
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This is a excellent example of the poor quality of leadership and planning of officers in the army. Some jackass officer no doubt planned this bullshit ass mission. Thank god that this group of soldiers, more than likely led by an experienced NCO decided to take action and refuse the mission.From Linked Article said:The Army is investigating members of a Reserve unit in Iraq who refused to deliver a fuel shipment to a town north of Baghdad under conditions they considered unsafe, the Pentagon and relatives of the soldiers said Friday. Several soldiers called it a "suicide mission," relatives said.
Up to 19 members of the 343rd Quartermaster Company were detained at gunpoint for nearly two days after disobeying orders to drive trucks that they said had not been serviced and were not being escorted by armed vehicles to Taji, about 15 miles north of Baghdad, relatives said after speaking to some of the soldiers.
"Yesterday, we refused to go on a convoy to Taji," Spc. Amber McClenny, 21, said in a message she left on the answering machine of her mother, Teresa Hill, in Dothan, Ala. "We had broken-down trucks, non-armored vehicles. We were carrying contaminated fuel."
After the soldiers were released, McClenny called her mother again and explained that the jet fuel the convoy had to carry had been contaminated with diesel and that because it had been rejected by one base, it would most likely be rejected by the Taji base they were ordered to go to.
Taji is in the volatile Sunni-dominated swath of Iraq, and Hill said her daughter felt "that if you go there, it's a 99 percent chance you will be ambushed or fired upon."
"They had not slept, the trucks had not been maintained, they were going without armed guards -- it was just a bad deal," Hill said. "And that's when whole unit said no." She said their defense is "cease action on an unsafe order."
When things like this happen in the military, it is a direct reflection of the commander. Rather than admit he was wrong, and that it was a poorly planned mission with unsafe vehicles and inadequate support, this commander will more than likely try to bury these soldiers with UCMJ action. I just sincerly hope that this group of soldiers sticks this out to the end and roots out the incompetence that caused the issue to begin with.