Showing posts with label USS George Washington. Show all posts
Showing posts with label USS George Washington. Show all posts

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Navy suicides up, and so are cockamamie conclusions

The Navy wants to boost morale after several suicides. Some sailors say it's not enough.

NBC News
By Deon J. Hampton and Melissa Chan
May 5, 2022

Team-building events are in the works for sailors on the USS George Washington, where three shipmates died by suicide within a week in April.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Navy’s plan for repairing morale on a historic warship after a rash of sailors assigned to the ship killed themselves includes team-building exercises like a video game competition, recreation and moving sailors off the ship.

But some sailors who spoke to NBC News think the efforts don’t go far enough.

The Navy plans to host a day of team-building activities and has asked each department to submit ideas for how crew members could interact off the ship, according to Lt. Cmdr. Robert Myers, a Navy spokesman.

“It could be anything,” Myers said.

A Super Smash Bros. video game competition and a soccer tournament are some of the suggestions that have been floated, according to one George Washington sailor, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation.

However, that sailor doubted whether such events would fix what appears to be a mental health crisis on the ship.
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Well alrighty then! Seems like they got a plan. I hope you caught the solutions they wanted to try.

More than 200 sailors moved off aircraft carrier after multiple suicides “Leadership is actively implementing these and pursuing a number of additional morale and personal well-being measures and support services to members assigned to USS George Washington.”

Are they kidding? Seriously? Super Smash Bros and soccer will really fix a mental health crisis about the same way reminding suicidal veterans there were a lot of other veterans committing suicide. Insanity will not help the mental health of anyone.

As for Lt. Cmdr. Robert Myers saying "It could be anything." That is yet another head smack moment.

Here's  thought, how about actually knowing enough about PTSD, trauma, stress and a lot of other things first and then maybe, it would be a good idea to go from there? If they don't understand what causes a mental health crisis by now, it's time for the leaders to be held accountable, especially when they come up with these cockamamie conclusions!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Murder charge against USS George Washington sailor dropped

Murder charge against USS George Washington sailor dropped
Navy says former suspect is now a witness to deadly shooting near San Diego
By Jeff Schogol, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Saturday, August 23, 2008

ARLINGTON, Va. — A sailor from the USS George Washington is no longer facing charges in connection with an Aug. 16 shooting near San Diego.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Cloris Cannon has been released from jail and charges against him have been dropped, said Navy spokeswoman Lt. Karen Eifert.

"Police now consider him to be a witness, not a suspect," Eifert said on Friday.

Another sailor, Petty Officer 2nd Class Harvey Jordan, remains in custody and has been charged with murder, she said.

"We are fully cooperating with local authorities on this investigation and suspects are innocent until proven guilty," Eifert said.

After a report that shots had been fired, sheriff’s deputies found two gunshot victims: Aaron Wilkerson, 36, who suffered a non-life-threatening wound; and Dennis Eugene Trollinger, 31, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

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