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Army Staff Sergeant Charged With Murder

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A U.S. Army staff sergeant was charged with murder in connection with last week's shooting deaths of two Army officers at a base outside Baghdad, the military said Thursday.

Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez, 37, a supply specialist with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 42nd Infantry Division, New York Army National Guard, was charged Wednesday in connection with the June 7 deaths of the two officers at Forward Operating Base Danger, near Tikrit - Saddam Hussein's hometown 80 miles north of Baghdad.

The officers killed were Capt. Phillip T. Esposito, 30, of Suffern, N.Y., and 1st Lt. Louis E. Allen, 34, of Milford, Pa. Esposito was company commander and Allen served as a company operations officer.

The soldiers were killed in what the military first believed was an ``indirect fire'' attack on the base. An indirect fire attack involves enemy artillery or mortar rounds fired from a location some distance away.

The military initially concluded that a mortar round struck a window on the side of the building where Esposito and Allen were.

But a criminal investigation was launched after it was determined that the ``blast pattern'' at the scene was inconsistent with a mortar attack.

Martinez was charged with two counts of premeditated murder, said a statement by the Multinational Task Force in Iraq. Martinez currently is at a military detention facility in Kuwait.

U.S. military officials contacted by The Associated Press in Iraq declined to comment further.

The 42nd Infantry Division took over from the 1st Infantry Division in January and is responsible for a vast section of northern and central Iraq.

This is at least the second incident in which a U.S. soldier has been charged with killing his comrades. In April, a sergeant in the Army's 101st Airborne Division was convicted of murder and attempted murder for a grenade and rifle attack that killed two officers and wounded 14 soldiers in Kuwait during the opening days of the Iraq invasion in 2003.

Hasan Akbar, a 34-year-old Muslim who was sentenced to death, had told investigators he staged the attack because he was upset that American troops would kill fellow Muslims.

06/16/05 17:57

If they were 'shooting deaths', how was there a 'blast pattern' at the scene? Whatever there was surely would be inconsistent with a mortar attack - highly inconsistent!

So "Fragging" has made a comeback?


I love the name 'FOB Danger'. Personally I'd be happier getting sent to 'FOB Completely Safe' - better for morale! :D
"fragging" is not normally a REMF sort of thing.

You have to wonder about supply clerks though. It was a supply clerk who shot up the Quebec legislature with a SMG some years back.
Damn those Sup Specs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But how do you spot if one of your men is just about to 'Go Medieval' ?

*Here's my top tip*

I always used to watch out for the Sup Spec who was sitting quietly in the corner murmouring to himself, tweaking his nipple and smearing bright red lipstick around his mouth..........

If he wasn't doing that.......... then there was something wrong with him and he was likely to do something stupid!
I would bet that the SSG probably had run in 's and decided to get even.
He probably complained alot to other NCO's. But who doesnt. Maybe it could have been headed off, maybe not. I think he took the opportunity
of the rocket attack to "get even". What he didnt account for was the room the officer's were playing chess in. It had a small window and was low - it would have had to be a very very lucky strike. A real disgrace of a soldier and a tragedy for the families of the dead officers who left behind 1 child and the other officer left behind 4.
Not another friendly fire incident????????????

A septic and a rifle is a dangerous combination!!!!!!
cpunk said:
I love the name 'FOB Danger'. Personally I'd be happier getting sent to 'FOB Completely Safe' - better for morale! :D
Cpunk isn't FOB Completely Safe just in the same town as FOB Lying B#stard???

I believe that FOB Danger is in a different town just down the road from FOB Suicide Bomber and FOB Get Your Head Chopped Off


tomahawk6 said:
Staff Sergeant is a mid level NCO rank [E-6].
True, but in terms of the appointment it equates to, more like a British sergeant, who would be an E-4 if we graded ranks in the same way that the US did.
To be honest, I don't think that a Staff Sergeant in the US forces even equates to a Sgt in the British, more like a Lance Sergeant! They very often have to go back to the rupert for all kinds of things, rather than make descisions for themselves. I remember a descision that had to be bumped up to about Capt/Maj level on the American stores side (admittedly National Guard, don't know if there is a difference) which was sorted out on our side by Lance Jack Storeman!!!

Anyway, what is it with these blokes who go round lobbing grenades about?

I'd point out that the guy probably didn't whinge to his fellow seniors, that is a release, it is more likely he bottled it up, and then snapped. If only he'd known about www.arrse.com!!!

Remember the septics seem to be under more strain than the Brits, especially as they're losing more men than us. Whether or not that is to do with their tactics or their locations is a different matter. They also do 1 whole year out there also, where as we're on our way back after 6 months.

I'm not a general, physcologist or anything, but I'd look at that also, the lads in 'nam did a year also and look how most of them turned out!!! The stores blokes and other non-combatents have a different sort of basic, if I am correctly informed, whereas the situation they find themselves in at the moment is definititly what many would consider as "combat".

Tomahawk6, is there continuation of the new and improved basic you mentioned a couple of months back? or has it been canned? and can anyone tell me if there is any studies in to not only PTSD but Current Trauma Stress Disorder?
Kind of makes the guy who shot the cook at Palace Barracks pale into insignificance really. Hard to spot the dedicated nutter sometimes though. Shame.
Reference status of USA/MC Staff Sgt, my first hand experience of the cousins is that they are indeed E6 (their pay grade) and command a section. Our Leading Rates and Corporals RM messed with them. NATO scale gives Staff Sgt slightly more status but reality (as agreed and practiced by US/UK) is different. They are not 'Seniors' as Brits understand them.

But we've been here before.
Remember that RLC thing vaguely, the Sgt had been giving the Cpl a hard time (was there a bird involved?) so the Cpl shot him.

Going back to that muslim in 101, didn't he sort of cause the deaths of two RAF aircrew aswell? The story I heard was that as he was lobbing his grenades about, the young lass in charge of the patriot battery thought the place was under attack and let rip at the nearest airbourne target. Which just happened to be an RAF tornado.

Remember that 'cos was told not to rumble with the patriot battery mob at our place, who were with the same mob as the ones, who shot down the tornado. Feelings were high.

Although hats off to the Regimental/formation CO who went to the tornados base to personally apoligise to the RAF squadron the tornado had come from!!! (unless that's an urban myth)

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