Skip to comments.Slain Sailor Was "Heroic," Jumped in Front of Gunman, Navy Officials Say
Posted on 03/27/2014 1:26:43 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
jumped between the gunman and a petty officer, saving that officer's life, Navy officials He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors
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"I just don't see how this could have happened on one of the largest Navy bases in America," said his brother Timothy Borum. "I mean, it shouldn't have been that simple for something like this to happen like that."
I agree with his brother. How could this happen? Apparently the killer just drove a truck through the gates, even though he didn't have the proper pass, and supposedly when the base was under tight security after the last shooting.
What's going on there? And when will they tell us the name of the killer?
God bless Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo
Greater love hath no man....................
In this reverse parallel universe, I have a feeling the Navy will award her a medal, when in reality she should be discharged as unfit for duty or even charged with negligent homicide.
Mark Mayo was a 24 year old Petty Officeer 2nd Class (which is a NCO rank in the Navy).
This individual had a contractors pass onto the base for delivery. He drove that night onto the base with the cab only of his truck and was allowed on...though there was no appoimntment for him to pick-up or deliver.
he parked the truch, got around a second check point, and then boldoy walked up the gang way onto the ship where he was confronted by a Petty Officer there on watch. This was a femal who questioned him. He began struggling with ther.
Mayo saw the struggle and immediately rushed to the aid of his crew mate. As he got there, the perp had just taken the gun from the woman and Petty Officer, 2nd Class Mark Mayo shoved the girl to the deck and took the bullets apparently intended for her.
I have been on base at Norfolk and all along the ship line there. it is a huge sprawling base and there could easily be two or three dozen large ships docked at any one time. From nuclear powered aircraft carriers to cruisers, destroyers, large Amphibious Assault ships, frigates, nuclear submarines, and support vessels.
The Mahen is a guided missile destroyer. An Arleigh Burke class AEGIS destroyer.
That watch did their duty, and this young man was a hero. God rest his soul, and may God bless his family, friends, and loved ones with comfort and peace..
Get off of it.
I believe woman should not be in some of the positions that the military is placing them for obvious reasons. But this womnan in no way “surrendered” her weapon. Do not insult her.
She struggled with the perp who took it away from her.
We do not know enough to say that this perp, who may have been large, pwoerful, and trained...we just do not know...could have also taken it away from a male sailor.
Fact is, he got the gun and Mayo pushed the girl to the deck and was shot. But all of that held this guy up long enough for the other members of the watch to then cut the perp down.
How many of our militarized cops would do what this man did?
I’m surprised her weapon was loaded.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
"NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) has confirmed the civilian gunman who opened fire on board USS Mahan Monday, killing a Sailor, is 35-year-old Jeffrey T. Savage of Portsmouth.
Court documents obtained by WAVY News 10 show a Jeffrey T. Savage of Portsmouth has a criminal history, including a manslaughter conviction in North Carolina in 2008. We have reason to believe it is the same person.
Capt. Robert E. Clark, Jr., commanding officer, Naval Station Norfolk, said the shooting happened on board USS Mahan at Pier 1 Monday around 11:20 p.m. when a male civilian, now identified as Savage, shot and killed Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo, 24. Savage was confronted by ship security, a struggle occurred and Savage disarmed the petty officer of the watch. He then used that weapon to fatally shoot MA2 Mayo. Security forces responding to reports of shots fired then killed Savage.
Savage was an employee of Majette Trucking.
Capt. Clark confirmed Savage had a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) ID when he gained access to the base just after 11 p.m.. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), you can obtain a TWIC card even with a criminal history.
NCIS investigators have determined Savage had no reason to be at the base.
MA2 Mayo enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October 2007 and began working in Norfolk in May 2011.
"Petty Officer Mayos actions on Monday evening were nothing less than heroic. He selflessly gave his own life to ensure the safety of the Sailors on board USS Mahan (DDG 72), said Capt. Robert E. Clark, Jr., commanding officer, Naval Station Norfolk.
Paul Stone with the Armed Forces Medical Examiners Office said autopsies have been performed on MA2 Mayo and the civilian suspect. He told WAVY.com the results will likely take four to six weeks. The results will immediately be handed over to the NCIS, which is the lead investigating agency.
Stone said the autopsy was done at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Tuesday. Toxicology tests will also be performed.
Mario Palomino, Special Agent in Charge NCIS, said during a Wednesday afternoon news conference the agency has ruled out terrorism as a motive. He said preliminary evidence does not indicate this was a pre-planned attack.
There is no motive for Savages actions.
Appears this scumbag had a specific target
My guess is he thought someone on board had screwed him over or he was looking for something to steal.
Perhaps he was just whacked out on bath salts.
This happened a years back with a female cop in PA; she stopped to check out two unsavory characters that had an accident with a motorcycle. They disarmed her and took her car, which they subsequently crashed. A trucker comes to the aid of what he thinks is a wrecked cop, and they carjack him - forcing him to drive them to Newark NJ - where they kill him. She lives, trucker dies...
I’d be less opposed to women in these roles if they were dying from it; they’d look at other options.
was his shot that hit Savage.
Savage had been in and out of jail over the years, according to court records. He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in 2008 in connection with the 2005 death of a 30-year-old man in Charlotte, N.C. He and the victim, “Maurice Griffin, were riding in a car and began struggling over a gun, said a spokesman with the N.C. Department of Public Safety. The gun fired and the victim was eventually left on the side of the road, where he died.
Savage fled to his home in Portsmouth, where he was later arrested and returned to North Carolina. Savage was released on those charges in 2009, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Prior to that, Savage served five years in federal prison in Maryland for selling cocaine.”
this link has much more info on the lack of real security that allowed this guy on base
“Mayo grew up in Hagerstown, Md., and graduated from Williamsport High School in 2007 after winning a county wrestling championship in his weight class. His high school teachers say he was a charming but fearless competitor for whom the Navy represented another step out of poverty.”
“Fearless” sure turned out to be accurate.
Thumbs down to all those who assumed this was related to homosexual activity and thus demeaning this American Hero before they had the full story.
It was disgraceful how many immediately jumped to this conclusion despite the release of no details whatsoever.
Not to worry. The perp will no doubt be executed in oh, about twenty years. Maybe.
Amen to that.
The perp is already dead.
No. The perp got it in 20 seconds. The hero took the bullet and the perp ate some lead. Happy ending.
Thanks for agreeing with me.
The article says he disarmed her. How do you know how it happened, or what 'disarmed' means? Does the Navy give every person standing a quarterdeck watch a sidearm?
“We do not know enough to say that this perp, who may have been large, pwoerful, and trained...we just do not know...could have also taken it away from a male sailor.”
We know enough to say that it was much less likely that he could have taken it from a male sailor, and less likely that he would even have tried this if the watch had been a man. We also know enough to say that a man would have been more likely to shoot the assailant.
We also know enough to say that men will often protect women, instinctively, even at the expense of their own lives and the mission.
The only women in the Navy should be doctors and nurses. Period.
“Does the Navy give every person standing a quarterdeck watch a sidearm?”
In my day, only the petty officer of the watch got a sidearm. The officer of the deck could wear it if he wanted, and if he wanted to be known as a...sorry, couldn’t think of anything clean.
God bless and hold dear this very special hero.
My question is, why hasn’t the gunman been publically identified.
.......when they determine he has no connection to the muzzies and therefore no lies or coverup story are necessary
And me on another thread......
I disagree. The only reason this perp should have had her weapon is because she was already dead.
I was with you 100% down to “doctors and nurses”. So, now I’m 90%.
I believe one should be honest and apply the “would I want my daughter confronting some big ape forcefully trying to board a billion dollar warship with a gun in her hand?”
Everyone but the president of NOW would say No!
This guy could have been a killer terrorist and cut her head off in a split second on the way to 72 virgins! The Navy should not have had her in that position period!
Finally, there are many non combatant roles in the Navy that women can, and historically have, handled.
Sadly very few; they are trained to AVOID personal risk.
A few years back a ditch caved in on a worker.
Firemen arrive... the chief orders them back!
There is a man fully visible in the ditch.
The chief says they need a trench box to enter the ditch!
Whilst they waited someone jumped down in the hole to assist the injured. He could not detect a pulse and left.
The firemen waited.
About FIVE HOURS later the trench box arrived; an hour more and it was set in position.
He was dead.
The chief said it was too dangerous to go in the ditch.
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Apparently another breakdown in military base/facilities security (Ft. Hood, Norfolk, and Naval Yard, DC).
When is someone going to learn to do the job properly, or has security been compromised by PCism? With Mabus being the Secy of the Navy, you can answer that question by yourself.
I would say that Mabus is not the Secretary of the Navy, but is the “Secretary of the Queens’ Navy” (thank you HMS Pinafore, Doilie Carte Opera, 1953).
Sorry, didn’t read far enough.
Sorry, didn’t read far enough.
Re your post 6, I totally agree, that young man is a hero.
Clip in, chamber empty, standard procedure for Quarterdeck weapons. Have to pull the slide back and release it to chamber a round.
"...or has security been compromised by PCism?" - MadMax,the Grinning ReaperTSA is responsible for issuing the TWIC IDs
"WAVY.com video report asked TSA to reveal who else is required to hold similar TWIC ID
- *Merchant Mariners
- *Port Facility Employees
- *Longshore Workers
- *Truck Drivers
To get a TWIC card, a worker must provide personal information, including fingerprints, and pass a background check conducted by the civilian Transportation Security Administration. Workers pay approximately $130 for a card and must reapply every five years.
Some of that information, including the fingerprints, is embedded in the card. But since the TWIC program was created, it has faced questions about its cost and usefulness, especially because some installations don't have devices to read the cards. Norfolk Naval Station is among them.
Instead, guards at gates and security checkpoints make sure the people presenting TWIC cards match the photos on the cards.
Guards typically would not allow a TWIC card holder onto a pier if they hadn't been told ahead of time, he said. It's unclear whether that was the case Monday.
A week ago, the Pentagon released a series of recommendations to improve base security after last year's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. A civilian contractor, Aaron Alexis, killed 12 people before shooting himself. Gortney helped lead the review. Among the recommendations was a continuous evaluation system to routinely update background checks of people who hold security clearances to access military installations.
The Mahan returned to Norfolk in September after an 8-1/2-month deployment that included time in the Mediterranean Sea because of the civil war in Syria. The ship was commissioned in 1998 and has a crew of about 250 sailors and officers, according to a Navy website."
via comment posted at that link:
I am a retired Navy CPO and work on NOB. My questions is... Why was this "contractor" given access to the base after taps and did anyone validate his bill of lading? Installations onboard do not normally take deliveries after working hours unless arranged in advance.
I stood many a gate guard during my 20 yrs of service and this person's need to be onboard after normal working hours would have raised a red flag for sure. Ship's don't take deliveries after taps and if they do they are well aware of who and what is being delivered. Regardless of time of day an 18 wheeler should never be permitted onboard without a valid lading and POC at end point.
To get a TWIC card, a worker must provide personal information, including fingerprints, and pass a background check conducted by the civilian. Some felonies disqualify applicants from receiving the security pass, but manslaughter is not listed among them.
Savage's conviction for distribution of a controlled substance might have disqualified him had it happened within the past seven years. More than 2 million people hold valid TWIC cards nationwide.
America is a lesser place with this loss.
May his soul rest in peace.
And may Perpetual Light shine upon him.
Female petty officer surrenders her weapon to a crazed killer who then kills the man who came to her defense.
I went to the story, but I did not see that it was a woman, so I guess you got that info from another story.
Interesting. Because as soon as we heard this story on TV, I turned to my husband and said, “I’ll bet the officer who was overpowered was a woman”.
Women should not be in such positions. Political correctness got this brave man killed. Disgusting.
‘What’s going on there? And when will they tell us the name of the killer? ‘
Good questions. Without PO2 Mayo’s timely and heroic intervention this would likely have been another event similar to the Navy Yard shootings this time on a US warship.
Savage used his transportation worker credential to drive a semi truck onto Norfolk Naval Station on Monday night and used the same card to walk through another security checkpoint at Pier 1, where he boarded the guided missile destroyer Mahan.
On the ship, Savage stripped a gun from the petty officer of the watch and shot and killed Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Mayo, a base guard who responded to the scene. Savage was shot and killed in the scuffle. Mayo returned fire, a source close to the investigation said, but its not clear if it was his shot that hit Savage.
This afternoon, Savage was identified as the shooter by Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
NCIS has confirmed Savage had no reason or authorization to be on base, according to a Navy news release.
The security breach at Norfolk Naval Station raises questions about the card Savage used to get on the base. The Transportation Worker Identification Credential, or TWIC, was created a decade ago, primarily to ensure security at civilian marine terminals. The government ID cards are also sometimes used to access military bases.
To get a TWIC card, a worker must provide personal information, including fingerprints, and pass a background check conducted by the Transportation Security Administration. Some felonies disqualify applicants from receiving the security pass, but manslaughter is not listed among them. Savage's conviction for distribution of a controlled substance might have disqualified him had it happened within the past seven years. More than 2 million people hold valid TWIC cards nationwide.
Since the TWIC program was created, it has faced questions about its cost and usefulness, especially because some installations don't have devices to read the cards. Norfolk Naval Station is among them. Instead, guards at gates and security checkpoints make sure the people presenting TWIC cards match the photos on the cards.
According to Navy policy, a TWIC card can only be used to access a base or pier if the card holder also presents proof of official business on the installation. Savage, who drove a semi-truck without a trailer onto Norfolk Naval Station around 11 p.m. Monday, did not have business on the base, Navy officials said.
Truck drivers who regularly pick up and deliver freight at Norfolk Naval Station say gate security procedures vary. Occasionally, the guard will search the trailer or ask to see a work order. But usually, according to truck drivers interviewed by The Virginian-Pilot, a TWIC card alone is good enough to get past the gate and onto the base in Norfolk.
"Normally, the bases that recognize the TWIC, once you show it to them, they wave you right on through," said Charles Dirago, a driver for Sheridan Logistics, which transports military equipment across the country. "They might ask, 'Pick up or delivery?' But they don't usually ask for any proof."
Other military bases, including Fort Hood in Texas, require drivers to "jump through more hoops" to gain access. "There is no universal standard," Dirago said. "It depends on the base."
Kaylin Minton, spokeswoman for U.S. Rep Scott Rigell, R-Virginia Beach, said he would consider further action once NCIS and Norfolk Naval Station complete their investigations.
The safety of our men and women in uniform remains a top priority for our office, Minton said. ____
Mayo and Savage's bodies were taken to Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, where a doctor from the Armed Forces Medical Examiners Office conducted autopsies, a spokesman for the examiners office confirmed.
Spokesman Paul Stone said a doctor from the office traveled to Portsmouth from the office on Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to conduct the examinations.
He completed them Tuesday, Stone said. The examiners findings will now be compiled in an autopsy report and turned over to investigators. Stone said the report would take about six weeks to prepare.
Navy officials informed Mayo's family of his death Tuesday. His body was no longer at the hospital.
Savage's body remains at the hospital. Family has not yet come forward to claim it for burial.
Savage had been in and out of jail over the years, according to court records. He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in 2008 in connection with the 2005 death of a 30-year-old man in Charlotte, N.C. He and the victim, Maurice Griffin, were riding in a car and began struggling over a gun, said a spokesman with the N.C. Department of Public Safety. The gun fired and the victim was eventually left on the side of the road, where he died.
Savage fled to his home in Portsmouth, where he was later arrested and returned to North Carolina. Savage was released on those charges in 2009, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Prior to that, Savage served five years in federal prison in Maryland for selling cocaine.
Griffin, 30, had one child and was also from Hampton Roads. In 1996, he pleaded guilty in Chesapeake to charges of distributing cocaine, according to the Virginia Department of Corrections. He was sentenced to seven years in prison, with six suspended.
Eric Loulies, 40, believes Savage lived across the street from him in a townhouse in the Western Branch section of Chesapeake. He said he couldnt recall ever speaking to Savage, but saw him in passing.
He said unmarked law enforcement vehicles showed up in the complex on Tuesday, the day after the shooting. It started with one sedan, whose occupant staked out the complex from a side street for at least a couple hours. Then, as many as seven other unmarked vehicles joined him, lining up on a street that leads into the townhome community.
At first, Loulies thought they were involved in a drug bust, which he said are not uncommon in the area. But when he called the Chesapeake Police Department to inquire about the situation, he said police werent aware of any activity there.
The men stayed for several hours, but it did not appear that they took anything out of the residence, he said.
When Moslems lose their Protected status?
When Moslems lose their Protected status?