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Posted: 1/4/2012 8:23:52 AM EDT
I've googled it, and looked all over, haven't found anything, was he Infantry? Does anybody know what unit he was in?
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 8:25:32 AM EDT
He was a radio repair man in a com unit.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 8:28:41 AM EDT
Originally Posted By BigTom111:
He was a radio repair man in a com unit.


Really? I wonder how much combat he was in???
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 8:37:46 AM EDT
The news said "he had survival skills."
It was like Napoleon Dynamite was reporting.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 8:39:50 AM EDT
Have you seen the pics of him?

Link Posted: 1/4/2012 8:40:29 AM EDT
Originally Posted By AJ-IN-JAX:
Have you seen the pics of him?



Yeah, he looks like half the kids in the Army.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 8:49:20 AM EDT
Barnes spent two years and seven months in the service, including a tour in Iraq, one of more than 3,500 soldiers with the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, which was part of an influx of troops into Diyala province that sought to contain insurgent forces in the city of Baquba. But he was discharged from the Army in 2009 after an arrest for driving under the influence and illegal transportation of a private weapon.

Many soldiers spent much of their time outside of major fortified U.S. bases in smaller outposts shared with Iraqi troops, according to Christopher Williams, a former sergeant who served in Iraq with the brigade.

Army records state that Barnes was assigned to a headquarters unit, a job that typically involves installing, maintaining and troubleshooting communications equipment.


http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017153774_skyway04m.html?prmid=4939
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 9:58:10 AM EDT
Shitbird.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 10:03:03 AM EDT
I dont think he was any sort of door kicker....he just was a POS that needed to stop breathing.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 10:04:11 AM EDT
Reminds me of my wife's cousin.
drunk, bunch of tatoos, can't hold a job, always talking about how " the Army made me a killer".
He's a reserve guy, trained for a noncombatant role, never deployed.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 10:11:03 AM EDT
Originally Posted By -GunNutJuell-:
Originally Posted By BigTom111:
He was a radio repair man in a com unit.


Really? I wonder how much combat he was in???


It depends what level he worked on and what his actual commo MOS was.

At battalion or higher... probably none. He could have been a commo guy assigned to an infantry company. That would have him being the Company Commanders RTO whenever the commander went on a mission. I know a couple commo guys that worked in that role that definitely got their piece of the shitstorm. I also know battalion commo guys who just watched movies during the entire deployment and never did anything.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 10:12:37 AM EDT
Originally Posted By -GunNutJuell-:
Originally Posted By AJ-IN-JAX:
Have you seen the pics of him?



Yeah, he looks like half the kids in the Army.


He pretty much does from my experience.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 10:36:16 AM EDT
He was a commo equipment repair specialist. Odds are, he never left the wire––He's got no CAB, that's a low-density MOS, and I doubt they would have had him doing anything but work on the radios and computers they had. Those Strykers have a metric butt-load of electronics that need looking after. This POS may have had PTSD, but if he did, he developed it from working his ass off in a motor pool.

To be charitable, I suppose it's remotely possible the guy was one of the poor schmucks stripping working gear out of damaged vehicles, and that can get pretty depressing, pulling equipment out and cleaning all the human chunky paste out of things.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 10:41:17 AM EDT
I have to wonder if he really did have PTSD issues then. Hmmm.....

Seems the media sure likes to label us all as PTSD fuck ups....
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 10:49:27 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/4/2012 10:50:11 AM EDT by dskeet]
A few guys in my battalion ended up with issues from TBI and possibly PTSD from indirect fire hitting the FOB around them multiple times.

One of our guys at battalion commo was prescribed some pills for stress because the indirect fire on the FOB was freaking him out bigtime.

It happens. Not everyone spends their time back home getting mentally and physically prepared for what they'll experience in a combat deployment. We had commo guys that honestly thought they'd never deploy because they were commo and not a combat MOS. Then one day we have a formation and the BC tells us we are wheels up to Iraq in six days. They basically shit themselves.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 11:04:23 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/4/2012 11:11:39 AM EDT by Heartbreaker1373]
Originally Posted By dskeet:
A few guys in my battalion ended up with issues from TBI and possibly PTSD from indirect fire hitting the FOB around them multiple times.

One of our guys at battalion commo was prescribed some pills for stress because the indirect fire on the FOB was freaking him out bigtime.

It happens. Not everyone spends their time back home getting mentally and physically prepared for what they'll experience in a combat deployment. We had commo guys that honestly thought they'd never deploy because they were commo and not a combat MOS. Then one day we have a formation and the BC tells us we are wheels up to Iraq in six days. They basically shit themselves.


I wish I had some of those when I was deployed.
All we had was booze.

Seriously though, the IDF was fucking constant it seemed my first 6 months in country, and then it tapered off to almost nothing when the surge happened.(vicinity of Baghdad >> Camp Justice at least)
The funniest shit ever was when Azamiyah and Kazimiyah were mortaring each other for an entire day. Our "FOB" was directly between the two and could hear the rounds going overhead, then exploding.
Good times.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 11:51:09 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Heartbreaker1373:
Originally Posted By dskeet:
A few guys in my battalion ended up with issues from TBI and possibly PTSD from indirect fire hitting the FOB around them multiple times.

One of our guys at battalion commo was prescribed some pills for stress because the indirect fire on the FOB was freaking him out bigtime.

It happens. Not everyone spends their time back home getting mentally and physically prepared for what they'll experience in a combat deployment. We had commo guys that honestly thought they'd never deploy because they were commo and not a combat MOS. Then one day we have a formation and the BC tells us we are wheels up to Iraq in six days. They basically shit themselves.


I wish I had some of those when I was deployed.
All we had was booze.

Seriously though, the IDF was fucking constant it seemed my first 6 months in country, and then it tapered off to almost nothing when the surge happened.(vicinity of Baghdad >> Camp Justice at least)
The funniest shit ever was when Azamiyah and Kazimiyah were mortaring each other for an entire day. Our "FOB" was directly between the two and could hear the rounds going overhead, then exploding.
Good times.


Yeah, we were in Baghdad for the surge for 15 months. Got there Jan 2007... first few months IDF wise were pretty quiet. Then all hell broke loose for the summer. The IDF was basically daily at 0600 for some reason. We'd all be awake, just sitting around waiting for the explosions so we could go to breakfast. You'd hear the boom when the rocket fired, the whistle of the engine, then the impact.. after a few of those we knew it was safe till the next morning haha
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 12:05:32 PM EDT
Originally Posted By dskeet:
Originally Posted By Heartbreaker1373:
Originally Posted By dskeet:
A few guys in my battalion ended up with issues from TBI and possibly PTSD from indirect fire hitting the FOB around them multiple times.

One of our guys at battalion commo was prescribed some pills for stress because the indirect fire on the FOB was freaking him out bigtime.

It happens. Not everyone spends their time back home getting mentally and physically prepared for what they'll experience in a combat deployment. We had commo guys that honestly thought they'd never deploy because they were commo and not a combat MOS. Then one day we have a formation and the BC tells us we are wheels up to Iraq in six days. They basically shit themselves.


I wish I had some of those when I was deployed.
All we had was booze.

Seriously though, the IDF was fucking constant it seemed my first 6 months in country, and then it tapered off to almost nothing when the surge happened.(vicinity of Baghdad >> Camp Justice at least)
The funniest shit ever was when Azamiyah and Kazimiyah were mortaring each other for an entire day. Our "FOB" was directly between the two and could hear the rounds going overhead, then exploding.
Good times.


Yeah, we were in Baghdad for the surge for 15 months. Got there Jan 2007... first few months IDF wise were pretty quiet. Then all hell broke loose for the summer. The IDF was basically daily at 0600 for some reason. We'd all be awake, just sitting around waiting for the explosions so we could go to breakfast. You'd hear the boom when the rocket fired, the whistle of the engine, then the impact.. after a few of those we knew it was safe till the next morning haha


Hell yeah - Ahdamiya District of Baghdad from June 06 til October 07. We were living at the IP station turned JSS for '07. It was constant IDF...funny how all the IPs would wander inside at the same time...we knew to perk up in the perimeter and not go outside the bunker for a smoke.

Yall remember that semi truck VBIED that took out the bridge over the Tigris not but a couple blocks from there....thought the world was ending from a few blocks away. Was pretty cool listening to the tinkle of glass from all directions for several seconds after the rumbling stopped.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 12:07:00 PM EDT
Originally Posted By -GunNutJuell-:
I have to wonder if he really did have PTSD issues then. Hmmm.....

Seems the media sure likes to label us all as PTSD fuck ups....



Can you blame them? When every shitbag that never left the wire is coming home claiming PTSD because they think the VA is going to pay them for it, of course they think we're all un-stable.

I know there are guys who saw some serious shit and have legitimate issues, but the VAST majority of PTSD claims are bullshit. It's just more of the entitlement mentality in the Army rearing it's ugly head.


One of these days they are going to make PTSD a disqualifier to own fire arms. Bet on it.

Link Posted: 1/4/2012 12:15:48 PM EDT
Originally Posted By JSteensen:
Originally Posted By dskeet:
Originally Posted By Heartbreaker1373:
Originally Posted By dskeet:
A few guys in my battalion ended up with issues from TBI and possibly PTSD from indirect fire hitting the FOB around them multiple times.

One of our guys at battalion commo was prescribed some pills for stress because the indirect fire on the FOB was freaking him out bigtime.

It happens. Not everyone spends their time back home getting mentally and physically prepared for what they'll experience in a combat deployment. We had commo guys that honestly thought they'd never deploy because they were commo and not a combat MOS. Then one day we have a formation and the BC tells us we are wheels up to Iraq in six days. They basically shit themselves.


I wish I had some of those when I was deployed.
All we had was booze.

Seriously though, the IDF was fucking constant it seemed my first 6 months in country, and then it tapered off to almost nothing when the surge happened.(vicinity of Baghdad >> Camp Justice at least)
The funniest shit ever was when Azamiyah and Kazimiyah were mortaring each other for an entire day. Our "FOB" was directly between the two and could hear the rounds going overhead, then exploding.
Good times.


Yeah, we were in Baghdad for the surge for 15 months. Got there Jan 2007... first few months IDF wise were pretty quiet. Then all hell broke loose for the summer. The IDF was basically daily at 0600 for some reason. We'd all be awake, just sitting around waiting for the explosions so we could go to breakfast. You'd hear the boom when the rocket fired, the whistle of the engine, then the impact.. after a few of those we knew it was safe till the next morning haha


Hell yeah - Ahdamiya District of Baghdad from June 06 til October 07. We were living at the IP station turned JSS for '07. It was constant IDF...funny how all the IPs would wander inside at the same time...we knew to perk up in the perimeter and not go outside the bunker for a smoke.

Yall remember that semi truck VBIED that took out the bridge over the Tigris not but a couple blocks from there....thought the world was ending from a few blocks away. Was pretty cool listening to the tinkle of glass from all directions for several seconds after the rumbling stopped.


Nice, I was a few miles down the road at FOB Loyalty. Our AO was in the Rusafa district if I remember right.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 12:15:54 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Grey_Man:
The news said "he had survival skills."
It was like Napoleon Dynamite was reporting.


Hmmm... My ten and seven year-old Cub Scouts have more survival skills than that douchebag did.

Too bad the SWAT team didn't get him before the cold did.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 12:23:47 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Grey_Man:
The news said "he had survival skills."
It was like Napoleon Dynamite was reporting.


Survival skills = could find the DFAC.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 12:23:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Grey_Man:
The news said "he had survival skills."
It was like Napoleon Dynamite was reporting.

Should have heard the local news up here the first day it happened. They said.... "and he has AR-15 training"

I guess they will use any occasion to get that sound byte in there for the record.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 12:25:23 PM EDT
Originally Posted By -GunNutJuell-:
I have to wonder if he really did have PTSD issues then. Hmmm.....

Seems the media sure likes to label us all as PTSD fuck ups....


It sounds like the dipshit has been in trouble quite often, before the service.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 12:26:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/4/2012 12:27:36 PM EDT by BKC1869]
Originally Posted By Grey_Man:
The news said "he had survival skills."
It was like Napoleon Dynamite was reporting.


He was very skilled, that's why they found him in chest deep snow only wearing a t-shirt, jeans, and one shoe.

The guy may have had problems but I suspect it had little to do with his time in service and more to do with the fact that he was just generally a f**k up.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 12:49:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dskeet:
Originally Posted By JSteensen:
Originally Posted By dskeet:
Originally Posted By Heartbreaker1373:
Originally Posted By dskeet:
A few guys in my battalion ended up with issues from TBI and possibly PTSD from indirect fire hitting the FOB around them multiple times.

One of our guys at battalion commo was prescribed some pills for stress because the indirect fire on the FOB was freaking him out bigtime.

It happens. Not everyone spends their time back home getting mentally and physically prepared for what they'll experience in a combat deployment. We had commo guys that honestly thought they'd never deploy because they were commo and not a combat MOS. Then one day we have a formation and the BC tells us we are wheels up to Iraq in six days. They basically shit themselves.


I wish I had some of those when I was deployed.
All we had was booze.

Seriously though, the IDF was fucking constant it seemed my first 6 months in country, and then it tapered off to almost nothing when the surge happened.(vicinity of Baghdad >> Camp Justice at least)
The funniest shit ever was when Azamiyah and Kazimiyah were mortaring each other for an entire day. Our "FOB" was directly between the two and could hear the rounds going overhead, then exploding.
Good times.


Yeah, we were in Baghdad for the surge for 15 months. Got there Jan 2007... first few months IDF wise were pretty quiet. Then all hell broke loose for the summer. The IDF was basically daily at 0600 for some reason. We'd all be awake, just sitting around waiting for the explosions so we could go to breakfast. You'd hear the boom when the rocket fired, the whistle of the engine, then the impact.. after a few of those we knew it was safe till the next morning haha


Hell yeah - Ahdamiya District of Baghdad from June 06 til October 07. We were living at the IP station turned JSS for '07. It was constant IDF...funny how all the IPs would wander inside at the same time...we knew to perk up in the perimeter and not go outside the bunker for a smoke.

Yall remember that semi truck VBIED that took out the bridge over the Tigris not but a couple blocks from there....thought the world was ending from a few blocks away. Was pretty cool listening to the tinkle of glass from all directions for several seconds after the rumbling stopped.


Nice, I was a few miles down the road at FOB Loyalty. Our AO was in the Rusafa district if I remember right.

Loyalty...ugh. We were in firefights every night, but Ill take that over Loyalty. Y'all were a target.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 1:46:30 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Grey_Man:
The news said "he had survival skills."
It was like Napoleon Dynamite was reporting.


They say that anytime somebody dies in a survival type situation outdoors. Whether it's this guy, a hunter getting lost and freezing to death, some dipshit snowmobiler setting off an avalanche, a guy falling into a crevasse on Mt. Rainier, etc.

Every time:

"He was an experienced ___________. He had survival skills."

Hmm, you'd think if he was that experienced, he'd still be alive....
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 2:02:47 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Grey_Man:
The news said "he had survival skills."
It was like Napoleon Dynamite was reporting.


"Survival skills" is one of those phrases used by the LWM like "machine gun". The "reporters" don't know what it means but they think it sounds scary.

I have survival skills. Among other skills I have is that I know not to stand in the middle of the freeway at night wearing all black clothes. I also know not to work on the light fixture in the bathroom while the breaker is on and I'm standing in a tub full of water.

Link Posted: 1/4/2012 2:06:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/4/2012 2:16:28 PM EDT by Keekleberrys]
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 2:08:55 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Bitmap:
Among other skills I have is that I know not to stand in the middle of the freeway at night wearing all black clothes.


Pbbbbbtttttt... you may have "survival" skills, but you surely don't have "ninja carjacker" skills.


Link Posted: 1/4/2012 2:21:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By pdx79:


Many soldiers spent much of their time outside of major fortified U.S. bases in smaller outposts shared with Iraqi troops, according to Christopher Williams, a former sergeant who served in Iraq with the brigade.




Some of them were forward deployed, and had to sign NDAs.

The horror.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:18:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By JSteensen:

Originally Posted By dskeet:
Originally Posted By JSteensen:
Originally Posted By dskeet:
Originally Posted By Heartbreaker1373:
Originally Posted By dskeet:
A few guys in my battalion ended up with issues from TBI and possibly PTSD from indirect fire hitting the FOB around them multiple times.

One of our guys at battalion commo was prescribed some pills for stress because the indirect fire on the FOB was freaking him out bigtime.

It happens. Not everyone spends their time back home getting mentally and physically prepared for what they'll experience in a combat deployment. We had commo guys that honestly thought they'd never deploy because they were commo and not a combat MOS. Then one day we have a formation and the BC tells us we are wheels up to Iraq in six days. They basically shit themselves.


I wish I had some of those when I was deployed.
All we had was booze.

Seriously though, the IDF was fucking constant it seemed my first 6 months in country, and then it tapered off to almost nothing when the surge happened.(vicinity of Baghdad >> Camp Justice at least)
The funniest shit ever was when Azamiyah and Kazimiyah were mortaring each other for an entire day. Our "FOB" was directly between the two and could hear the rounds going overhead, then exploding.
Good times.


Yeah, we were in Baghdad for the surge for 15 months. Got there Jan 2007... first few months IDF wise were pretty quiet. Then all hell broke loose for the summer. The IDF was basically daily at 0600 for some reason. We'd all be awake, just sitting around waiting for the explosions so we could go to breakfast. You'd hear the boom when the rocket fired, the whistle of the engine, then the impact.. after a few of those we knew it was safe till the next morning haha


Hell yeah - Ahdamiya District of Baghdad from June 06 til October 07. We were living at the IP station turned JSS for '07. It was constant IDF...funny how all the IPs would wander inside at the same time...we knew to perk up in the perimeter and not go outside the bunker for a smoke.

Yall remember that semi truck VBIED that took out the bridge over the Tigris not but a couple blocks from there....thought the world was ending from a few blocks away. Was pretty cool listening to the tinkle of glass from all directions for several seconds after the rumbling stopped.


Nice, I was a few miles down the road at FOB Loyalty. Our AO was in the Rusafa district if I remember right.

Loyalty...ugh. We were in firefights every night, but Ill take that over Loyalty. Y'all were a target.

Yeah, it had it's moments. There were quiet periods, then periods where no one wanted to be outside of a concrete building while on the FOB. A few months after we got home the FOB was hit with some sort of IDF that was basically firebombs and the resulting fires burned some buildings down completely..haha Glad I missed that one. Worst one I was there for was in August 07 when about 30 mortars hit the base. Fuckers blew up our hajji internet haha
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:22:42 PM EDT
Radio show this afternoon was talking about what a fucktarded bunch of tattoos he has. They said it's like he decides he's part of some organization, gets a tattoo, then changes his mind a few months later, and none of those organizations have likely heard of him. LA? ODEN? Seriously?
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:36:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dskeet:
Originally Posted By JSteensen:

Originally Posted By dskeet:
<snip>

Loyalty...ugh. We were in firefights every night, but Ill take that over Loyalty. Y'all were a target.

Yeah, it had it's moments. There were quiet periods, then periods where no one wanted to be outside of a concrete building while on the FOB. A few months after we got home the FOB was hit with some sort of IDF that was basically firebombs and the resulting fires burned some buildings down completely..haha Glad I missed that one. Worst one I was there for was in August 07 when about 30 mortars hit the base. Fuckers blew up our hajji internet haha

Where you there when that 'terp got kidnapped and we locked down Baghdad? My squad was manning a checkpoint right outside loyalty - one of gunners got shot in her back plate when she accidentally stepped between our LN terp and the shooter...we CASEVACed her to the FOB and loyalty got hit by like....20 mortars, just as we rolled in the gate they walked em in behind us - we took a minor casualty staged outside the aid station. (I cant rememeber when that was....I want to say end of '06.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 7:12:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By JSteensen:

Originally Posted By dskeet:
Originally Posted By JSteensen:

Originally Posted By dskeet:
<snip>

Loyalty...ugh. We were in firefights every night, but Ill take that over Loyalty. Y'all were a target.

Yeah, it had it's moments. There were quiet periods, then periods where no one wanted to be outside of a concrete building while on the FOB. A few months after we got home the FOB was hit with some sort of IDF that was basically firebombs and the resulting fires burned some buildings down completely..haha Glad I missed that one. Worst one I was there for was in August 07 when about 30 mortars hit the base. Fuckers blew up our hajji internet haha

Where you there when that 'terp got kidnapped and we locked down Baghdad? My squad was manning a checkpoint right outside loyalty - one of gunners got shot in her back plate when she accidentally stepped between our LN terp and the shooter...we CASEVACed her to the FOB and loyalty got hit by like....20 mortars, just as we rolled in the gate they walked em in behind us - we took a minor casualty staged outside the aid station. (I cant rememeber when that was....I want to say end of '06.


Nah, definitely missed that one. We left Bragg in the first week of Jan 2007. Got to the FOB about 2 weeks later. When we first got to the FOB everyone was telling us how it gets IDF alllll the time haha But I don't recall there being all that much until April or so. Apr-Dec it was pretty regular to get some rockets or mortars... then suddenly everything died down for the most part.

One time our tower guards must have had their heads up their asses or something. Just outside the wire next to our LZ, in the middle of the night some guys buried some pipes and explosives in the ground and filled the pipes up with ball bearings... basically making anti-aircraft claymores. The next day right as a bird took off they set off the explosives.. thankfully they did it about a second late and all the bearings went under the blackhawks. Door gunners made short work of the trigger man. A guy I know got a CAB that day because a ball bearing flew thru the air across the FOB and hit him in the shoulder. Didn't even sting.. but hey he was hit by enemy fire
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