The Army Blotter: Maj. single-mom jailed in custody feud, Scot sniper hero's meltdown in the headlines

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  • A single-mom officer jailed in New Jersey over a complicated custody battle with her ex-husband the day after she returned from Afghanistan has been released. Maj. Yetta Concina, 35, was charged with a crime because she left their daughter with her sister while she was deployed. The father, Fort Polk soldier Michael Thompson, had won custody from a Louisiana judge three days after Concina deployed. [via The Press of Atlantic City]
  • A Scottish war hero who suffered a mental breakdown narrowly avoided jail after attacking his girlfriend. The 26-year-old Military Cross holder, Christopher Reynolds, killed 32 rebel fighters and took down a Taliban warlord from nearly two kilometers — the longest-range fatal shot recorded in the Afghan conflict. But his acheivements fell aside when he repeatedly punched his 29-year-old girlfriend, knocking her to the ground and throwing a glass at her. [via The Herald]

  • In uniform and drunk, a former soldier was arrested in Florida after throwing a beer bottle at a roommate and firing a shotgun into his ceiling, police said. Dylan Frederick Montgomery, 34, had promised he was going to kill someone, fell asleep and woke up before the assault, the roommate told cops. [via Hernando Today]
  • A former soldier was arrested over weapons that police in Georgia found at his home while investigating a lovers’ quarrel. Andrew Paul, 25, had recently returned from Iraq, and was found to have an AR-15, a mini-14 and a bullet-proof vest — all illegal to possess after being discharged from the military, cops said. [via Freedom High Desert]
  • A Clinton-era policy paved the way for accused Arizona gunman Jared Loughner to buy his first firearm. Enacted by then-Attorney General Janet Reno, the policy prohibited the military from reporting certain drug abusers to the FBI, which manages the national list of prohibited gun-buyers. Loughner’s attempt to enlist in the Army in 2008 was rejected because he failed a drug screening process. Within a year, Loughner bought a shotgun from a Tucson gun shop. [via The Washington Post]
  • Condemned killer and former Army recruiter Cleve Foster’s execution was stayed at the last minute, but the U.S. Supreme Court has denied the appeal. Foster was sentenced to death by lethal injection for the 2002 rape-slaying of a Sudanese immigrant. [via Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
  • The prison sentence of a CIA officer convicted of spying for Russia is expected to grow because he used his ex-paratrooper son to continue his illicit activities. The former CIA station chief had admitted to having his son, Nathan Nicholson, 26, funnel information to and get money from the Russian government between 2006 and December 2008, and the son made incriminating admissions, too. [via CNN]
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  1. Really?

    Is the only news that this blog can find about the army is the police blotter, war heroes beating up their girlfriends and how the army hasn’t paid soldiers their due….really?
    We already have ABC, CBS and NBC, how about some really army news?

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