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EXCLUSIVE: Lackland AFB Shooting Premeditated, Shooter Had Agenda- Air Force Policies to Blame?

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We reached out to our channels in the Air Force to find out more about the tragic murder of Lt. Col. William A. Schroeder, 39, at Lackland Air Force Base a little over a week ago. Schroeder was commander of the 342nd Training Squadron at the 37th Training Wing at the base.

We spoke with a combat veteran who deployed to many locations in the Middle East and who knew Schroeder personally.

Here’s what he relayed to us.

The killer, Tech. Sgt. Steven D. Bellino, 41, was apparently an Army Special forces engineer sergeant (18 Charlie).

He served in the Army for 20 years, and had deployed to Iraq. After leaving the Army, he applied to join the FBI, and was with the agency for about 2 years. Bellino left the FBI after going through training when he was denied his acceptance to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team otherwise known as HRT.

It appears that Bellino had an ego about being the best and didn’t want to settle as a ‘regular’ FBI field agent. However, speculation is that he had psych issues and was the reason he was denied a spot on the FBI’s HRT.

At the age of 40, Bellino joined the Air Force, he was only allowed to do so by getting an age waiver since he was over the maximum age to join.  He then began “PJ,” or pararescue training.

In the 6th week of a 10 week program Bellino failed a water endurance test. A requirement of the training is that when you fail to meet the set standard you fail the program completely, and it’s considered quitting. The trainee must the ring a bell and say “I quit”.

Belino didn’t like this, in fact he outright refused to do it. He felt it he was above the standard and didn’t need to follow the rules. In reality, the 20 year Army Green Beret just had his bubble burst for a second time, and probably felt like he deserved some special treatment.

Bellino started verbally chastising the commander. Schroeder responded by telling him, ‘Hold on, you’re accountable for your actions. Let’s think about what we did.’

However, the training to become a PJ is not taken lightly. Those men are the tip of spear in saving lives in the most adverse, hostile conditions. No corners can ever be cut in training.

Eventually Bellino gave, and on video said “I quit”.  But he made a mockery of the system just to get to that point. Now the process to boot him from the Air Force would formally begin.

Belino knew he was done, so he went AWOL for a month, fleeing to Ohio. Some time had passed before he eventually turned himself in, and he was back in Texas at Lackland AFB.

Our source stated that when Bellino was back on base, he was telling young and impersonable Airmen trainees that their leadership was ruining their lives and brainwashing them. Our source stated that he came back from being AWOL with a clear agenda to cause mutiny and chaos for everyone.

“Bellino tried to shoot the 1st Sgt., he missed. Schroeder stepped forward, told his 1st Sgt. to get out of the room, she starts leaving, begins screaming “ACTIVE SHOOTER! ACTIVE SHOOTER IN THE ROOM! CALL 911, CALL 911!” A struggle ensued.”

Bellino realized he was about to be “Article 15’d.” That is “non-judicial punishment” which allows a commander to discipline troops without a court martial, however, Belino continued to play the Air Force and drag his feet opting for a long drawn out court martial.

None of this should ever even happened, Bellino should have been booted right then and there. The Security Police should have been called to detain him, and Bellino should have been served his discharge papers on the spot and escorted off base; done deal.

Unfortunately, with the Air Force’s ultra-weak, never offensive policies, Bellino was ultimately given a trial date for being AWOL where he could continue his pompous circus.  After going through that entire process, he then fired his lawyer at the very last moment.  He insisted that his lawyer was horrible and demanded that he be given a new lawyer and court date.

Bellino’s case was that of a Air Force Trainee who failed his training and then went AWOL.  There should be no case, logic says get rid of him… he’s wasting taxpayer’s money!

Once again, the Air Force bowed down to Bellino’s demands, and with a crisp Air Force salute said “yes sir!”, and just like that another court date was set and he was given a new trial lawyer.

The charades of Bellino were buying him time to prepare and plan to murder his fellow Airmen, and we feel that the Air Force enabled it by continually allowing Bellino to control the entire situation, who was in charge here?

Our source believes this when he began planning the attack. He said that the “killing was premeditated. He knew what he was doing.”

On the day of the killing, Bellino brought 2 loaded Glocks, “enough ammo to kill everyone in the building,”  He went into that building with intent to wipe out everyone.

Bellino was going to meet Lt. Col. Schroeder, apparently to be disciplined for being AWOL. Schroeder told his 1st Sgt. to bring him in (he didn’t know he had guns). Our source told us verbatim: “She called him in and was giving him nonverbal cues. Bellino started verbally chastising the commander. Schroeder responded by telling him, ‘Hold on, you’re accountable for your actions. Let’s think about what we did.’ Schroeder then saw the weapons he was hiding. Schroeder went to stop him.”

Our source continued: “Bellino tried to shoot the 1st Sgt., he missed. Schroeder stepped forward, told his 1st Sgt. to get out of the room, she starts leaving, begins screaming “ACTIVE SHOOTER! ACTIVE SHOOTER IN THE ROOM! CALL 911, CALL 911!” A struggle ensued.”

“They fought, Schroeder trying to grab the pistol Bellino had in his hand. Bellino murdered the commander. And most likely killed himself. We don’t truly know yet because the investigation isn’t clear. I’m assuming that (a) The commander shot him, or (b) Bellino shot himself.”

Schroeder was shot 4 times, 3 times in one arm, and once in the head. It was close-quarters combat, Schroeder fighting to neutralize the threat to him, and to the airmen & women who served under him.

“To be honest man, in that building, he had one… double stack Glock. That’s about 12 or 13 rounds. Technically he could have gone in there and killed 12 or 13 people.”

He reiterated that he believes Schroeder saved everyone in the office by fighting Bellino. He had enough ammo to take everyone out.

He spoke of the memorial which he attended:

“Today, at his memorial, he had almost 1800 people there. So, we had guys coming from Hurlburt Field, Pope, Panama City, our operational guys came in from New Mexico, Florida, all to pay tribute to him and his family. It’s been awesome, absolutely awesome.”

Lt. Col. William Schroeder (left)

Lt. Col. William Schroeder (left)

Our source continued:

“He even received an Airman’s Medal. He got an Airman’s Medal. Posthumously. Awesome, awesome. Received for his family, for sacrificing for himself, for everything he did on his own, cuz, the guy shot at the 1st Sgt.”

“There were people saying, like, he couldn’t talk his way out of it (being shot), or get him to calm down or anything like that. It had to be premeditated, planned, to go in there like, and murder.”

Schroeder was known for his ability to diffuse tense situations.

I spoke with an Air Force veteran who worked with Congress on Veteran Policies about the situation. He believes Obama’s weak military policies made it possible for Bellino to be in the position he was in. Bellino left the military joined the FBI and then quit because of possible psych problems, was allowed back into the system, and then it was nearly impossible to get him out.

Upon failing training, and declining a second chance, he developed an anti-military agenda. According to the Iraq War vet, and our source, the Air Force had been trying to get rid of Bellino for months because they knew he was a “bad apple.” Most people believe it was the new ultra liberal never offensive military policies that hamstrung the Air Force’s attempts to “boot” a person they knew was a problem. An Air Force commander is dead today because of it.

Lt. Col. William A. Schroeder was 39 years old and leaves behind a wife and two young boys.
He deployed on combat tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and several other countries.

Scenes from his memorial.

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By Jeff Rainforth
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Jeff was the national rally organizer to free Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi from the Mexican prison, chairman emeritus of Ross Perot's Reform Party of California, and a former candidate for governor. Jeff is editor-in-chief at Freedom Daily. He wrote for former Hollywood talent agent & Breitbart contributor, Pat Dollard, and headed up his 30 person research team. Mr. Rainforth also wrote for the Wayne Dupree Show. Jeff is single & says he is not gay.

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President Trump Signs An Executive Order To Combat Veteran Suicide

Chuck Yarling

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On January 9, 2018, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled, “Presidential Executive Order on Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition From Uniformed Service to Civilian Life” This EO is designed to combat veterans suicide that is prevalent among servicemembers during the time they are adjusting to a new life outside the military.

Here are five important attributes of this EO.

• #1: It identified that the largest number of suicides of our military personnel occur within the first year during their transition from military to civilian life.

• #2: It is during this time that the rate of veterans suicide is two times higher than the overall rate for service members.

• #3 Care may be provided at VA or by a private facility, depending on wait times where you live. This section re-enforces the Veteran’s Choice Act of 2017 which allows

Any veteran who lives 40 miles or more from the closest VA medical facility, or who faces a 30-day or more wait time, can seek out treatment from a private facility and the VA will handle the payment.

• #4: All service members leaving the military will receive screening for mental health issues for one year.

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• #5: Implementation of the EO is being made at the highest levels of the administration via the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and the Secretary of Homeland Security.At the meeting, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, remarked,

“Currently, 40 percent of those servicemembers had coverage in the VA to get mental health. Now 100 percent will have that coverage, and it’s the full array of services that the Department of Defense and the Department of Veteran Affairs will be able to provide in terms of mental health coverage.”

This EO is excellent news for transitioning servicemembers. Indeed, it will help make their future in the civilian workforce a success.

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Heads-up: Veterans Own Businesses Too

You may have bought from one & not known it!

Chuck Yarling

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Christmas shopping is now over. But an interesting question is this: did you shop at any businesses owned by veterans? Yes, indeed, veterans do own businesses and it may be surprising that you most likely indeed shopped or used services provided by one or more companies this past Christmas.

Why? The National Veteran-Owned Business Association estimates there are 3 million veteran-owned businesses in the country. For example, here are ten large companies that were founded by veterans:

• Federal Express (FedEx) was founded by Fred Smith, a Marine Corps veteran who served for four years. FedEx acquired Kinko’s in 2004, which is now called FedEx Office.

• Walmart. Yes, the world’s largest company has 11,695 stores in 28 countries. It was founded by Sam and Bud Walton in 1962. Both brothers are veterans: Sam served in the Army and Bud in the Navy.

• Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company began in 1957 and was started by Jack Taylor, a decorated WW II Navy pilot.

• Nike is the world’s largest supplier of athletic shoe and apparel. It was founded in 1964 by co-founder Phil Knight, who served in the Army and Army Reserve.

• RE/MAX, short for Real Estate Maximums, was co-founded by the Linigers, Dave and his wife. Dave served in the Air Force during the Vietnam era.

• Amway North America was co-founded by Richard Devos. Devos was in the Army Air Corps during WW II.

• GoDaddy is an international Internet Domain Registar.and web hosting company. The company was founded by Bob Parson, a Vietnam Veteran who served in the Marine Corps.

• Universal Health Services is one of the largest hospital management companies in the United States. It was founded by Alan B. Miller who graduated from college as an officer after serving four years in the Army ROTC.

• Sperry Shoes was founded by inventor, businessman, and photographer, Paul Sperry. Sperry was a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve.

• Sports Clips Haircuts was founded by Gordon Logan and his wife. Logan was an Aircraft Commander in the Air Force. Sports Clips is most widely known to us veterans because of their free haircuts on Veterans Day. In addition, they donate $1 from every haircut service on Veterans Day. The money is donated to scholarships for veterans.

So there you have it. Did you actually shop for Christmas presents at any of these veteran-owned companies? I did.

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Here Are Three Shocking Reports On Veterans Suicide

Chuck Yarling

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The VA released an extensive report this past September which provided data on veterans suicide by states, age, gender, as well as the most common method of suicide. The data was extremely disturbing.

When faced with these statistics, VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin commented      

These findings are deeply concerning, which is why I made suicide prevention my top clinical priority. I am committed to reducing Veteran suicides through support and education. We know that of the 20 suicides a day that we reported last year, 14 are not under VA care. This is a national public health issue that requires a concerted, national approach.

In August 2017, the VA published a separate report entitled Facts About Suicide Among Women VeteransThe data here is disturbing as well:

From 2001 through 2014, the suicide rate among women Veterans increased to a greater degree (62.4 percent) than the suicide rate among male Veterans (29.7%).

From 2001 through 2014, the suicide rate among women Veterans increased to a greater degree (62.4 percent) than the suicide rate among male Veterans (29.7 percent).

The rate of suicide is higher among women who report having experienced military sexual trauma (MST) — that is, sexual assault or sexual harassment during military service — compared to those who have not experienced MST .

And finally, an older report cannot be ignored. In August. 2016, the Office of Suicide Prevention of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a report entitled, Suicide Among Veterans And Other Americans (2001-2014).

This investigation was one the most intensive ever completed and certainly the most comprehensive one on veterans suicides. Here are some of the shocking statistics:

More than 55 million records from 1979 to 2014 from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. were examined.

In 2014, Veterans accounted for 18% of all deaths by suicide among U.S. adults and constituted 8.5% of the U.S. adult population (ages 18 and older) .

In 2010, Veterans accounted for 20.1% of all deaths by suicide and represented 9.6% of the U.S. adult population.

The burden of suicide resulting from firearm injuries remains high. In 2014, about 67% of all Veteran deaths by suicide were the result of firearm injuries.

In 2014, about 65% of all Veterans who died by suicide were ages 50 and older.

After adjusting for differences in age and sex , risk for suicide was 22% higher among Veterans compared with U.S. civilian adults. (2014)

After adjusting for differences in age, risk for suicide was 19% higher among male Veterans compared with U.S. civilian adult men . (2014)

In 2014, rates of suicide were highest among younger Veterans (age s 18 – 29) and lowest among older Veterans (ages 60 and older ) .

And one final statistic: a firearm was the most common method of suicide for both men and women.

Important Notes

If you are aware of any serviceman member or veteran who may be at risk for suicide, here are four resources that you can use to help that person:

1. Any veteran or active duty military personnel having thoughts of suicide should call the VA Helpline: 800.273.8255 or log in to their website, Veterans Crisis Line.

2. You can also find a nearby Suicide Crisis Center by going to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 800.273.8355 anytime 24/7.

3. Suicide Prevention for Military, Veterans and Support Group.

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4. Hidden Wounds, a veterans suicide prevention network built by veterans.

Please don’t delay your actions. You may save a life!

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