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.”
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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Amazing! Yes, A Woman Has Received The U.S. Medal Of Honor
The more you know…
Meet Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, a woman with many titles: surgeon, abolitionist, suffragist, prohibitionist, prisoner of war, and the only woman to have received the U.S. Medal of Honor.
Born on November 26, 1832, Mary Walker was raised in a home where “thinking outside of the box” wasn’t commonplace: free thinking, questioning regulations and restrictions on women. Needless to say, this was certainly revolutionary for the times. For example, she kept her name after her marriage to fellow student, Albert Miller.
She was highly interested in medicine and pored over her father’s medical texts on anatomy and physiology as well as other medical litereature. She graduated with honors from Syracuse Medical College in New York at the age of 23 in 1855.
She was in private practice until the Civil War broke out in 1861. She wanted to join the army as a surgeon but wasn’t allowed to because she was a woman. Because of her credentials, she didn’t want to be a nurse, either. So she volunteered as an unpaid surgeon for a number of military hospitals and battlefields for the Union Army. She was the first female surgeon to do so.
On April 10, 1864, Walker was captured by Confederate troops, and arrested as a spy, just after she finished helping a Confederate doctor perform an amputation. However, she was exchanged for a Confederate surgeon just four months later.
After the war, she was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Andrew Johnson even though she was a civilian. But the medal was rescinded in 1917. As with her nature, she wore the medal until she died two years later.
In 1977, President Jimmy Carter restored her medal posthumously because she had gone into enemy territory to care for the suffering vicitms, when no man had the courage to do so, for they feared being captured and imprisoned.
The Citation for Medal of Honor:
“Whereas it appears from official reports that Dr. Mary E. Walker, a graduate of medicine, “has rendered valuable service to the Government, and her efforts have been earnest and untiring in a variety of ways,” and that she was assigned to duty and served as an assistant surgeon in charge of female prisoners at Louisville, Ky., upon the recommendation of Major-Generals Sherman and Thomas, and faithfully served as contract surgeon in the service of the United States, and has devoted herself with much patriotic zeal to the sick and wounded soldiers, both in the field and hospitals, to the detriment of her own health, and has also endured hardships as a prisoner of war four months in a Southern prison while acting as contract surgeon; and Whereas by reason of her not being a commissioned officer in the military service, a brevet or honorary rank cannot, under existing laws, be conferred upon her; and Whereas in the opinion of the President an honorable recognition of her services and sufferings should be made.
“It is ordered, That a testimonial thereof shall be hereby made and given to the said Dr. Mary E. Walker, and that the usual medal of honor for meritorious services be given her.”
So thank you, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, for representing all women in this list of 3,497 Medal of Honor recipients!
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“Folds of Honor” – What They Do
Nothing short of amazing.
Folds of Honor is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2007. Their mission:
“To provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members.”
And their motto:
“Honor Their Sacrifice. Educate Their Legacy.”
These scholarships are provided to families of military servicemen and women who have fallen or been disabled while on active duty in the United States Armed Forces.
The organization was founded by Major Dan Rooney after his return from his second tour in Iraq. While serving there, he was an Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16 fighter pilot. Like too many service members before him, he watched a casket of a fallen soldier being removed from his plane. Despite being asked by the pilot to remain seated, the disrespectful passengers began leaving anyway.
Ronney watched as Corporal Brock Bucklin’s remains were being escorted by his twin-brother to his wife, and young son. Wtih these two events, the somber one outside the plane and the insolent passengers inside the plane, Major Rooney basically had a life-altering experience resulting in him committing to spend his life changing the future of America’s grieving spouses and children.
The result was his founding Folds of Honor (FoH).
Two charity organizations have given very high approval ratings of Folds of Honor. Charity Navigator rated the charity with three out of four stars on October 1, 2017. And Guidestar gave them a “Platinum” rating, the highest of four levels.
Their financials prove that they certainly deserve these ratings. Charities Review Council:
Recommends at least 65% of a nonprofit’s three-year average annual expenses are used to directly support programming, with an ideal range of 70 to 90% (program expenses as percentage of total expenses).
Folds of Honor is proud to have a cumulative average ratio of 84.5% of annual expenses supporting our scholarship program.
In addition, you can review their yearly IRS 990 forms and Financial Audits from 2007 to 2016.
Their success is measured by their statistics:
• Over 12,000 scholarships have been awarded in all 50 states as well as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
• 2,800 scholarships were awarded in 2016 alone.
We service members and veterans invite you to support Folds of Honor. This wonderful organization certainly deserves it.
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Five Stories About The Constitution And Historic African-Americans That Social Justice Warriors Won’t Believe
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Everyone knows of the hullabaloo where Antifa violence, NFL kneelers, and social justice warriors are trying to change our culture. They want to remove from our history books anything about the Civil War. It seems they believe that the war was caused by “white privilege” lording over slaves. Of course, they fail to realize that the primary cause of the Civil War was economics – not slavery!
So here are five stories: three about amendments to our Constitution and two about African-Americans heroes who should be recognized for their actions. Certainly, social justice warriors (SJWs) and their type will refuse to believe them, but they are certainly true!
Republicans were responsible for three amendments to the Constitution with very little help from southern democrats.
The 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolished slavery. It was passed by the U.S. Senate on April 8, 1864,with a vote of 38-6 with 36 of which were Republicans. It was passed by the House on January 31, 1865, by a vote of 119 to 56; all 103 Republicans voted for it.
The 14th Amendment addressed citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws within the U.S. It was passed by the Senate on June 8, 1866, by a vote of a 33 to 11 vote, the majority of those passing votes were Republican. And on June 13, the House passed the bill by a vote of 138-36. Again, the majority of voters were Republicans.
The 15th Amendment guaranteed citizenship and equal protection under the laws regardless of “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”, It was passed by the House on February 25, 1869, by a vote of 144 Republicans to 44 Democrats and by the Senate on the following day by a vote of 39 Republicans to 13 Democrats.
In summary, these three amendments were passed because of Republicans – not Democrats! And it was all made possible by the election of 1864, just prior to the start of the Civil War after Republicans took over both the House and the Senate of the U.S. Congress.
Now, in an anticipation next February’s Black History Month, here are two African-Americans who should never be forgotten.
Meet Oscar Dunn. Dunn was born a slave in 1826 but was eventually emancipated. He became a Freemason and got involved in local politics New Orleans, Lousiana. Eventually, Dunn because the nation’s first African-American lieutenant governor who served in Louisiana from 1868 until his death on November 22, 1871. Very few people know about this bit of history.
And finally, meet Army Sgt. William H. Carney of the Union Army. During the attack on Fort Wagner by Company C, 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry Regiment, a color guard was fatally struck by a bullet. As he was falling to the ground taking the flag with him, Sgt. Marshall grabbed it and continued the charge to the fort. After arriving, he stuck the flag into the ground and held onto even after being shot twice.
On May 23, 1900, Sgt. Carney was awarded the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest award for valor. He is the first African-American to receive this award.
There you have it. What about you SJWs. Can you handle the truth?
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