Death In The Middle East

Closing Thought–03Dec18

Yet another death of an American soldier in the Middle East (actually he was a sailor)……

Some sad news came out over the weekend…the top commander in the Middle East was found dead in his home in the island nation of Bahrain…..

The admiral leading American Naval forces in the Middle East turned up dead at his Bahrain residence Saturday, CNN reports. Vice Adm. Scott Stearney’s death is under investigation, but media reports say there’s no evidence of foul play. “This is devastating news for the Stearney family, for the team at Fifth Fleet, and for the entire Navy,” says Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations. The Fifth Fleet is part of the US Navy’s Naval Forces Central Command, which controls operations in areas including the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. America sees those Naval Forces as a deterrent to Iran and Iran-supported Houthi rebels, which are considered possible threats to regional shipping.

Stearney, a 36-year Navy veteran, took command in the Middle East in May and led more than 200,000 US service members and civilians, per NBC News. The Navy website says he was a Chicago native who graduated from the University of Notre Dame and in 1982 entered the Navy, where he was an aviator and flew the FA-18 Hornet in strike fighter squadrons. He has served several commands and was chief of staff of a Joint Task Force in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Bahraini Ministry of Interior and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service are looking into his death, Reuters reports.

The gossip around right now is that he may have committed suicide……I give the reference only to show what is being said not as an indictment……..https://thehill.com/policy/defense/419299-top-navy-admiral-was-found-dead-in-apparent-suicide

IST offers all condolences to the family and friends of Commander Stearney…..the nation lost a brave man……Rest in Peace.

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