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·MISSOURINATIONAl!..GUARD.HEADQUARTERS,203
RD
ENGINEERBATTALION2000W.32
NP
STREETJOPLIN,MISSOURI,64804
4
June
2011
WXALAA
MEMORANDUMFORCommander.203DENBN,2000W.32
M
Street,Joplin,MO,64804
SUBJECT:AR15-6
Investigation
Findingsand
Recommendations
1.FINDINGS:Afterinvestigating
the
circumstancesandlocated
in
Joplin.Missourion23May20.l1
involvingSPC
..andSOT.....I
make
thefollowingfindings
preponderance~ce:
B.
!
ind
Spa;
1ft
madeapoordecision
in
ethicsnotconsistentwithArmystandards
and
knowinglytookitemsfromtheWal-Martwhileconductingrecoveryoperationsonstateemergencyduty.Thisdecisionwasbasedfrom
his
belieftbat
the
itemstakenwouldhave
been
discarded
byWal-Martduetothe
tornado
On
22May2011.b.
!
ind
madeapoordecision
in
ethicsnotconsistent
with
Army
standards
andknowinglytookitemsftomthewhileconductingrecoveryoperationsonstateemergencyduty.
This
decisionwasbased
his
belieftheitemstakenwouldhavebeendiscarded
by
Wel·Marl;due
to
the
tornadoon22May2011.SPC
decision
wasaidedbytheknowledge
that
SPC
t
U
hadalready
taken
an.
item
from
thestore,(SeePara3,forfurtherbackground)..c.Ifind
SGT.
II
madeapoordecision
in
ethicsnotconsistent
withArmy
standardsandknowinglytookitemsfremtheWal-Martwhileconductingrecoveryoperationsonstateemergencyduty.
This
decisionwasbased
fromtheitemstaken
would
have
beendiscardedbyWal-Martduetothetornadoon22May2011.withanindividualat
Wal-Martwho
told
him.the
itemsweregoing
tobethrown
away.(SeePara
3.
background
for
further).d.1findSPc8amadeapoordecision
in
ethicsnotconsistent
withArmy
standardsandknowinglytookitemsfromtheWal-Martwhileconductingrecoveryoperationsonstateemergencyduty.
This
decisionwasbasedfromtheitemstakenwouldhavebeendiscarded
by
to
the
tornadoon22May2011.SFCt&Icisionwasaidedbytheanswergiven
tohim
fromsaiditwouldbe"ok"
to
taketheitemssincethestorewouldconsiderall
items
alossanddestroythem.e.Allsoldiersweregivenpriorguidance
by
AlCDRSFC_priortorecoveryoperationsthat
all
soldierswere
being
senttotheincidenttoassistwithrecoveryandnottotakeanythingoilier
fum
essentials
if
theywereoffered
by
civilians.Thebriefwascompletedpriortomovementon23MAY2011.(Seeoralwitnesstestimony
attachedatB
1..
lea:delrsbiip
in
thisTeamandNCOsupportchaindowntoarecompetentandcapableleaders.SPCand
1
 
WXALAA
SUBJECT:AR15-61nvestigationFindingsandRecommendations2.RECOMMENDATIONS:1recommendthefollowingactionsbetakenbasedonthesefindings.andother
evidencecited
in
paragraph
3
below:
a.
Ireool;JlIDend
I
bereduced
in
ranktoPFCandreceiveaformalletterofreprimandfremtheBattalionCommandertobe
in
hisfileuntilhetransferstoanothercompany.b.Irecommend
spel'
n
be
reduced
in
ranktoPPCandreceiveaformalletterofreprimandfromtheBattalionCommandertobeheld
in
hisfileuntilhetransferstoanothercompany.c.Irecommend
spdllillbe
reduced
in
rank:
toPPCandreceiveaformalletterofreprimandfromtheBattalionCommander
to
be
held
in
his
fileuntilhetransferstoanothercompany.d.IrecommendSGT.i'bereduced
in
ranktoSPCandreceiveanonjudicialArticle15
with
anadministrativereprimandheld
in
his
permanentfile.
e.Further
guidancefromBNshouldbesenttothe
117th
regardinganySoldierwhowishestomakeaclaimofinappropriateaction,thattheclaim
be
taken
seriously
andsentupthechainofcommandimmediately.
3.BACKGR.OUND:a,
spcM::11.
_andSGTIiD
were
sent
with
ateamof16soldiers
toWal-Mart
on23May2011toconduct
recoveryoperations.andSPCwereworkingtogetherinthesameareaatWal~Mmt
when
hadtakenanitem(seeoralwitnesstestimonyattachedatB3.SGT_wereworkingtogether
in
thesamearea
at
Wal-MartwhenSGT_toldSPC
anitem(see
oral
witness
testimonyattachedatB5.
do
SPC
8Jmnfumed
anitemwastake;PWGTa.and
askedif
it
wereorwouldbe"ok"
that
hetake
s()m~aswell.SOT.,
advised
SPC
it
would
beok(seeoral
witnesstestimony
attached
at
84.
e.Boththefteventsare
mul~~!J'
exclusiveasoneteam(SPC_andhadnoaffectontheotherteam
(SGd.1
andNeitherbadknowledgeuntillaterintheweekthateachhadtakenthe
items.
4.ISSUESandANALYSIS:Therearethreeissuessurroundingthisincident.Briefanalysis
of
eachisprovided
below,
A.
Didall
soldiersthink
theitemsweregoingtobedestroyedatalaterdate?Ifindtheydid.
(1)All
soldierssaw
bulldozers
movingthroughthearearemoving
items
fromthestorefloorandpushingthemtoacentrallocation.Noexceptions
as
tothetype
ofrnerchandise
beingmoved
was
beinggiven
by
theoperatoroftbedozer.Therefore.allwereleadtobelieveeverythingwouldbecrushedordestroyed.
B.Did
all
soldiersknowingly
take
itemswithouttheintenttopayorreimburseWal-Mart
in
anyway?Ifind
theydid.
(1)
i
theonlyexceptionashestatedhewentatalatertimeto
try
tofindanemployeeto
ask
ifhecouldpurchasetheitems,
butcould
notlocateanyone(seeoralwitnesstestimonyattachedat
.85.
2
 
WXALAA
SUBmCT:AR.15-6
InvestigationFindingsandRecommendations
C.DidallSoldiersthinktakingthe
itemswas
ultimatelywrongaftertheeventoccurred?
l:find
they
did.(1)
All
soldiers
uponreturningtothearmoryexpressedregretovertakingtheitemsandcitedmanyfactors
:in
theirdecisieesto
take
whattheydid.(SeeoralwitnesstestimoniesattachedatHZthruBS.
5.POC
is
the
undersignedat417425-5990.
SENCLSLAnnex:A(SwornStatements)2.
Annex
B(OralTestimony)
3.
Amlex
C
(Evidence)
4.Annex:D(Appointment
Orders)
MATTHEW
1.
BROWN
CPT,EN
INVESTIGATINGOFFICER
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