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JBLM Airman kills family before committing suicide

An Airman based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington, called 9-1-1 March 15, to report that he had killed his wife and two children.  The caller, 29 year-old Clinton Field (no rank given) told dispatch that by the time police arrived, he would also be dead; and he was.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victims as 33-year-old Samantha Field, Clinton Field’s wife, and their children, 4-year-old Ava and 2-year old Ashen.  The children had been sleeping.  Mrs. Field’s body was found in the couple’s bedroom.  The Medical Examiner said everyone in the home, including Airman Field, had died from gunshot wounds.

The family lived in Spanaway, a smaller community not far from the sprawling joint Army and Air Force base. It is unclear how long the family had lived in Spanaway.  Clinton Field’s home state was listed as Florida.  Mrs. Field’s family is from New Hampshire.

While the investigation is still ongoing, initial reports say the couple may have been in the process of filing for divorce.

Local law enforcement said they had not previously been called to the home for any domestic issues.

SC National Guard Soldiers combat contraband at state prisons

When recruits sign up to serve their country via their local Guard units, it’s a given they will be called out for floods, fires, and even crowd control; but it’s safe to say most Soldiers never thought they would be deployed to the state prison to keep cell phones and other contraband from entering the premises.

Two weeks ago, South Carolina’s Gov. Henry McMaster signed an order for South Carolina State  Guard Soldiers to assist the Department of Corrections in helping them combat smuggling of contraband into the maximum-security prison in Columbia.  If successful, the program will likely expand to other facilities.

The Associated Press wrote this:

The Federal Communications Commission, which regulates the nation’s airwaves, has said it can’t permit jamming in state prisons, citing a decades-old law that prohibits interruption of the airwaves at state-level institutions. But the agency has been softening on the issue, thanks to persistent pleas from officials including Bryan Stirling and Gov. McMaster, as well as members of Congress including Tennessee Rep. David Kustoff.

While efforts continue for jamming capabilities in prison facilities across the nation, South Carolina will increase searches, scanner and even working dogs that are specifically trained to “hit” on cell phones.

There has been no word from local state militia Soldiers regarding their feelings of using their soldiering skills to augment the department of corrections. South Carolina has a history of being short-staffed at all incarceration facilities.  Billboards, semi-trucks, and print ads in newspapers show continual job openings.  If you are interested in working for the South Carolina Department of Corrections, follow this link.

Kansas Soldier Sgt. Christina Schoenecker dies in Iraq

Late today, the Department of Defense announced the death of a Kansas Soldier who died while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Sgt. Christina Marie Schoenecker, 26, of Arlington, Kansas, died Feb. 19, 2018, in Baghdad, from a non-combat related incident. Schoenecker was assigned to the 89th Sustainment Brigade, Wichita, Kansas. The incident is under investigation.

Frankie Murphy, Executive Officer for the 451st Sustainment Command:

“We express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Sgt. Christina Marie Schoenecker. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they mourn the loss of a loved one. We’ve lost a valuable member of our team and she will be sorely missed.”

Additional information on Sgt. Schoenecker, including previous deployments, marital status and  commendations, is available to media sources by contacting the 451st Expeditionary Sustainment Command Public Affairs at 316-681-1759.

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