Then-Sgt. 1st Class Caroline Hawkins Blaze was home on military leave, June 2, 2016, when she received a phone call informing her a training accident claimed the lives of eight of her soldiers and a West Point cadet when their cargo truck overturned during a flash flood that day at Fort Hood’s Owl Creek.

Sgt. 1st Class Caroline Hawkins Blaze

Then-Sgt. 1st Class Caroline Hawkins Blaze was home on military leave, June 2, 2016, when she received a phone call informing her a training accident claimed the lives of eight of her soldiers and a West Point cadet when their cargo truck overturned during a flash flood that day at Fort Hood’s Owl Creek.

Blaze, now retired after serving 20 years in the military, was one of three leaders in her unit who were recommended for punishment in the unit investigation report, known as an Army Regulation 15-6 investigation, for negligence.

Retired Sgt. 1st Class Caroline Hawkins Blaze

Caroline Hawkins Blaze, now retired after serving 20 years in the military, was one of three leaders in her unit who were recommended for punishment in the unit investigation report, known as an Army Regulation 15-6 investigation, for negligence.

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wilyoldvet69

Looks like there is a whole lot of a** covering going on. If the weather warning was put out, how come the road conditions didn't change for the training areas? Usually when a water crossing is closed, range control puts a blast message to the post which water crossings are closed. If the PSG is on leave, that means somebody other than her was in charge (When someone "takes charge" that means they take on the duties AND RESPONSIBILITIES of the element they are assigned). It's Leadership 101 but in this case of upper level a** covering, that's out of the question. Sad.

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