Army Memo: Written Reprimand for Staff Sergeant

Reprimands a Staff Sergeant for failing to supervise interrogations. An inexperienced soldier assaulted a detainee during interrogations. Sergeant made statement in response which is next document.

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Non-legal Memo
Doc_date: 
Thursday, November 6, 2003
Doc_rel_date: 
Sunday, May 15, 2005
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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
104TH MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BATIALION 4th INFANTRY DiVISiON (MECHANIZED)
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REPLY TO
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AFYB-MIB-CDR 6NOV 2003 \ ~ .. ')
MEMORANDUM FOR Staff Sergeant' d .F , Tikrit, Iraq 09323-2628
SUBJECT: Written Reprimand
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You are hereby reprimanded for your failure to properly supervise detainee interrogation operations at the Task Force Ironhorse Central Collection Point (DCCP). SPC. ~and SPC . ~assaulted a detainee in the facility while under your supervision. While you were not directly involved in the assaults, you were responsible for ensurinK.~PCs h II _ i.... . were properly trained and that they were aware ofand abided by the Geneva Convention and other documents which detail the permissible treatment ofdetainees. You did not set the proper leadership climate, in that you inadvertently led SPC . to believe that vou yourself perhaps condoned certain practices that were outside the established regu1ato~. SPC ~.snot a trained interrogator, yet he was allowed to force a detainee to cause bodilyharm to himself, again, while b~ .....l.. under your tutelage.

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Your failure to establish a proper leadership climate and failure to properly supervise interrogation activities under your purview are beneath the standards ofprofessionalism I expect from non-commissioned officers. As NCOIC ofthe DCCP, it is your duty to train and supervise junior interrogators and interpreters as well as' supervise their activities to ensure they do nbt harm detainees. In this case, you assigned a known difficult interrogation task to a very junior and inexperienced interrogator, but you failed to discern what techniques he would use during the interrogation. Y ouare in a very delicate duty position where you or your subordinates could become silbject to discharge or criminal prosecution for violating the rights ofdetainees. These acts could also bring extreme discredit upon the U.S. Anny. The incidents where)

abused the detainee show a lack ofsupervisory judgment on your part.

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This reprimand is imposed as an administrative measure and not as punishment pursuant to the Uniform Code bfMilitary Justice. You are adVised that in accordance with Army Regulation CAR) 600­37, paragraph 3-4, it is my intention to direct that this reprimand be fIled in your local Military Personnel Records Jacket (MJRJ).

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You will acknowledge receipt ofthis reprimand LAW AR 600-37 by completing the first memorandum and returning it through your chain ofcommand no later than ten days from the. date of service. Any matters in extenuation, mitigation, or rebuttal must accompany your acknowledgment. You were provided a copy ofthe documents that form the basis ofthe written reprimand. I do not intend to file them with this reprimand.

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Commander, BROC, 104LhMilitary Intelligence Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized),
Tikrit, Iraq 09323-2628

FOR Commander, 1 04th Military Intelligence Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Tikrit, Iraq 09323-2628
SUBJECT: Written Reprimand -Staff Sergeant -­
& Tikrit, Iraq 09323

\ ~..') ./ . ~Ihave read and understand the unfavorable infonnation presented against me and I elect to submit the enclosed V\'Ijtten statement or documents in my behalf. I understand that this reprimand will be filed in my Unit File.
__I have read and understand the unfavorable infonnation presented against me and elect not to make a statement. I understand that this reprimand will be filed in my Unit File.

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