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donsu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 12:52 PM
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Mother to request review of leadership in son's unit (he was killed)

http://www.al.com/news/mobileregister/index.ssf?/base/n...

A Daphne woman, whose son died in Iraq last year when a helicopter tire he was inflating exploded, continued Friday to lash out at what she called the U.S. military's incompetence and lack of leadership.

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The still-grieving mother called for a Congressional investigation into what she described as a system with little control or oversight in safety measures and procedures.

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Spc. Paul J. Bueche, 19, was killed and another soldier lost both of his arms when a Blackhawk helicopter tire exploded as it was being inflated.

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According to a report issued months after the accident, it was determined that Bueche was encouraged by his superiors to use the wrong kind of equipment to inflate the tire.
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Maria also said:

The unit was "ill-prepared, ill-equipped and ill-advised" in its attempts to maintain the equipment, Maria Bueche said.

Not only did her son's death demonstrate this lack of leadership, she said, but also a "lack of compassion."



change a tire and lose your arms

change a tire and die - at 19 - before you even had a taste of adult life

blood for oil and lies

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BOHICA06 Donating Member (886 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 12:57 PM
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1. Basic safety ..... inflate
only in a cage. She is right there is a chain of command - probably up to company level that needs to be relieved. Short-cutting is deadly. A SGT, WO, or LT needed to say whoa, because I bet it wasn't the first time the shortcut had been used.
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the Kelly Gang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 01:10 PM
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2. review the Commander in Chief..what a terrible thing for mothers
to have their children killed in a war.

Hope Bush & Co rot in hell.
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THUNDER HANDS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 01:13 PM
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3. of all the ways to die in a war
inflating a tire?

My goodness. What a crummy way to go.
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BOHICA06 Donating Member (886 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 01:19 PM
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4. Even in peace-time ....
it took a death or maiming every 2 to 5 years at Ft. Stewart, Ga (mid-80s)to reinforce the cage rule.
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