82nd Airborne Division platoon leader retrained after Christmas Eve “unwarranted” recall

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Text messages that were shared on a popular Facebook page show an order for Soldiers from a platoon at Fort Bragg, NC, to attend punitive training on Christmas Eve after a unit member received a DUI quote. (Facebook)

The military had a Grinch in its ranks this year, a platoon leader who recalled an entire unit for morning training on Christmas Eve after a soldier was arrested for drunk driving, officials said .

Soldiers from the Platoon at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, were ordered to report in uniform for training at 9 a.m., even though they were on leave. But the commander showed up in civilian clothes and filled out paperwork while they had to wait, a post on the popular US Army WTF Moments Facebook page said, which appears to have revealed the incident for the first time.

The original message included a screenshot of text messages apparently sent after 1 a.m. on Friday, which was a federal holiday, and stated that the incident involved a platoon from the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division.

“Because nothing says #soldiers first than calling people on leave who have nothing to do with a situation,” the post said, referring to the military’s initiatives to focus more on the care of people and the fight against toxic behavior.

In a comment on the 82nd Airborne Division’s official Facebook page in response to the post, an official said the recall was unwarranted and an “error in judgment.”

The commander of the 2nd battalion of the regiment advised the leader of the 1st platoon and the commander of Alpha Company to stress “the importance of protecting the precious time of their soldiers with their families” and to make sure that the mistake does not happen. reproduce more, said division spokesman Lt. Col. Brett. Lea told Stars and Stripes.

The XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg Facebook page in 2013 posted an image of a paratrooper dressed as Santa Claus with the caption

The XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg Facebook page in 2013 posted an image of a paratrooper dressed as Santa Claus with the caption “Have you been mean? hours before one of its platoons was ordered to report for mandatory training on Friday, which was a federal holiday and also Christmas Eve. (XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg / Facebook)

Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division are in training at Sainte Mere Eglise, France, in 2019.

Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division in formation in Sainte-Mère-Eglise, France, in 2019 (Daniel Wallace / US Army)

Three of the 34 recalled paratroopers from the area were on leave, Lea said Monday in an email response to a question.

After initial training, they remained in the company area for around 45 minutes before being released, he said. He did not confirm whether the platoon leader was in uniform.

When the three soldiers who were on leave return to duty, they will be able to choose an additional day off, he said. The others will have their leave on Wednesday.

The platoon involved is part of the division’s Immediate Response Battalion 1, or IRB1, the division said. It is one of three battalions of its immediate response force, which is said to be capable of deploying in a crisis anywhere in the world in 18 hours.

The text message shared on the site warned the soldiers that they would face penalties under the Uniform Code of Military Justice if they did not show up without a valid excuse. He also suggested that the soldiers be alerted quickly to the order “so if they need to stop drinking now, they can.”

The division, whose Facebook page was tagged in the post, said the platoon soldiers were released after the recall was discovered. They will be paid for their time, he said without giving details.

The XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg said in comments to the original post that the platoon leader “has been retrained.”

Just three hours earlier, the body had posted a photo on its own Facebook page showing what looked like Santa Claus parachuting in military gear.

“He’s coming tonight! said the post. “Have you been mean? “


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Chad garland

Chad is a Marine Corps veteran who covers the US military in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and sometimes elsewhere for Stars and Stripes. A native of Illinois who has reported for news organizations in Washington, DC, Arizona, Oregon and California, he is an alumnus of the Defense Language Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and Arizona State University.



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