Skip to comments.AK: Fort Richardson Soldier Dead Due to Army Policy
Posted on 12/04/2008 6:30:34 PM PST by marktwain
Unbelievable. Major General Stephan Layfield of Fort Richardson trusts his soldiers to bear full auto weapons when on base or on foreign battle fields to defend our Nation, but when it comes to defending their own lives on our streets, he disarms them of all weapons capable of causing physical injury. Not only is that unconstitutional, it's disgraceful.
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA 724 POSTAL SERVICE LOOP #5000 FORT RICHARDSON, ALASKA 99505-5000 APVR-RUPM 20 Sep 2007 MEMORANDUM FOR SEE DISTRIBUTION
SUBJECT: Concealed Weapons Policy (CG/CofS Policy #0-20)
1. Carrying concealed deadly weapons by USARAK Soldiers represents a significant risk to the safety and welfare of this command. Accordingly, all Soldiers assigned or attached to USARAK are prohibited from carrying a concealed deadly weapon in public places off of all USARAK posts. All persons are prohibited from carrying concealed deadly weapons on USARAK posts IAW USARAK Regulation 190-
* a. Carry means on or about the person, or uncased within the immediate vicinity of the person, so as to be available for immediate use, e.g. in the persons automobile. * b. Deadly weapon means any firearm or anything designed for or capable of causing death or serious physical injury. * c. Concealed means hidden from plain view. * d. Firearm means a weapon, including a pistol, revolver, rifle, or shotgun, whether loaded or unloaded, operable or inoperable, designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive charge or primer. * e. Public place means a place to which the public or a substantial group of persons has access. This includes locations involved in the sale of alcoholic beverages, highways, transportation facilities, schools, places of business, places of amusement, parks, playgrounds and prisons. It also includes hallways, lobbies, and other portions of apartment houses and hotels not constituting rooms or apartments designed for actual residence.
3. This policy is punitive. Soldiers who fail to comply with the requirements of this policy are subject to adverse administrative action and/or punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
STEPHEN R. LAYFIELD. Major General, USA Commanding
As a direct result of that idiotic Fort Richardson Army Policy, Army Sgt. Evan Minnear was defenseless when he was shot & killed by a Felon walking the streets of Anchorage Alaska who was already on probation for a previous Felony Assault. Army Sgt. Evan Minnear survived a 15 month tour in Iraq, but once home & disarmed he was unable to survive our city streets. Major General Stephan Layfield and anyone else in command above him responsible for disarming our soldiers have his blood on their hands. My sincere condolences to the family of Army Sgt. Evan Minnear, may he rest in peace.
Commanding officers can prohibit offpost behavior, but doing so where a Contitutional right is involved is a bit over the top. Especially when the evidence is against their subjective judgement.
Good point... They’re so eager to grant constitutional rights to non citizen enemies of this country, and deny them to those sworn to defend it.
Oh hey..you beat me to it. Furious.
I was at Wainwright in the mid 90s. Do you “reeeeeeeeealy” think we went out on exercises unarmed? You see bear marks on trees and there are moose. Of course not. It would be stupid! But unfortunately, had we gotten caught or something had gone wrong, our @ss would have been in the wind.
Think about that. The Army sends out soldiers into the wilderness for training where we stay for weeks at a time, they see signs of bears and moose all over the place, these people are trained in firearms use and have a background check, and they want them to carry an M16 armed with blanks only. Does that make any sense?
It’s okay. You can still call STEPHEN R. LAYFIELD an A$$HOLE to. I’ll be furious if ya don’t. ;-)
That is an excellent guess. There's a reason this pantload general, this political hack, is stationed in Alaska rather than in theater, and I suspect it's because he's a loser at the end of the line and running out the clock. I bet he's also a hypocrite and he either has a bodyguard (driver) or carries a weapon himself. Or both.
Yeah, in his purse. Or that bulge under his skirt really is a GUN.
When I was an active duty infantry officer I held a WA State ccw and regularly carried everywhere. There were times when I worked for the General (on his staff) that I was ordered to ccw on post and times overseas when I was ordered to lock and load my issued 1911A1 on allied soil. Because when I served we had leadership that understood that Americans will always be targets and must never become victims. Apparently that has been lost. I am appalled that this officer seems to have reversed that sound geopolitical doctrine.
Here’s his bio:
You’d think someone who has all this service to his country wouldn’t have his head quite that far up his a**.
Does this order apply to the AK National Guard??
You don’t get to be a two-star if you’re a hack. And that’s a pretty good ‘end of the line.’ Most good men do well but don’t make it that far.
I’ve met the guy. Good guy, bad policy.
After captain it's mostly paperwork: administration & staff. Even for officers who are lucky enough to pull a battalion or brigade command. The single exception (sometimes) being Special Forces branch. Then IT happens. They get "stars" in their eyes. They become politicians. If they're decent politicans and decent people with a real belief in this country and it's greatness, they can make it to BG (Brigadier General) and retire. Those who show talent for higher responsibility or have the connections (eg. Skull & Bones) go onward.
That's where the true corruption begins. These officers are often tested with assignments that offer them the opportunity to be of value to those at the top of the "agenda." They may be offered a taste of some of the potential "perks" in having access to those with an actual seat at Satan's table. If this test is passed, then membership in the Council on Foreign Relations is offered. Once accepted at that level there is almost no limit to how far a military career can advance. Look at Colin Powell. Look at Barry McCaffrey (whom I once served under). Look at Wesley Clark. The first two held primary positions in a Presidential Cabinet. Powell was actually groomed for the top job but unfortunately was stymied by personal distractors. Clark was able to take a shot at going for all the marbles.
Active duty military members have no constitutional rights. They voluntarily suspend those rights upon enlistment so that they can defend them for the rest of us.
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