Military April 25, 2019

By Oriana Pawlyk: Air Force Academy Instructor Arrested on Charges of Internet Luring of a Child
Officials have charged Sikkema, a philosophy professor at the school, with internet luring of a child, a Class 4 felony.

In Colorado, the offense typically entails an adult communicating via the internet to a child known to be under 15 years old, describing sexual conduct and attempting to arrange an in-person meeting. Details about the specific allegations against Sikkema were not made public.
By Pauline Repard: Navy Vet Accused of Threatening Baby, Church on Easter Pleads Not Guilty
San Diego Superior Court Judge Joseph Brannigan set Conkey’s bail at $1 million and issued protective orders to keep her away from the church, its pastor and her two children, at Greco’s request.

The prosecutor said Conkey’s children, including a 5-year-old daughter, were taken into protective custody, but now are with family. Their father has been very involved with them, Greco said.

“It’s clear that mental issues will play a role in this case,” the prosecutor said out of court, noting that it will be up to her attorney whether to request a mental competency hearing or possibly plead insanity as a defense.
By Haley Britzky: Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan cleared in ethics probe
By Richard Sisk: Military Not Following Own Rules for On-Base Domestic Violence Investigations
The 109-page IG report published April 19 examines domestic violence incidents at eight installations: Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Camp Pendleton; Quantico; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Naval Base San Diego, California; Joint Base Andrews, Maryland; and Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, Mississippi.

In a case at JBER, the alleged abuser “held a knife while strangling and threatening the victim. However, law enforcement personnel did not seize the knife used in the assault” for evidence, according to the report.

In another case at Fort Belvoir, the victim lost consciousness during an alleged assault.

“Three children who were with the victim at the time told her what happened during the incident, and she relayed that information to law enforcement,” the report states. “However, installation law enforcement personnel did not interview the children to obtain the information directly from them.”

Overall, military service law enforcement personnel failed to consistently conduct the thorough interviews needed to provide commanders and prosecutors with the information they needed to make prosecution decisions, the report found.
By Patricia Kime: DoD Officials Make Case for Keeping the Draft, Women Included
By Matthew Cox: Army’s New Promotion System Could Mean Separations for Some Soldiers
Currently, there is a Department of the Army policy to suspend promotion eligibility for specialists and sergeants who fail to complete this mandatory DLC training. By fiscal 2021, the service will expand that policy to all applicable ranks through master sergeant, according to the release.

“If you excel at what you do, we’re going to promote you,” Purcell said in the release. “Everything is predicated on everybody doing what they’re expected to do.”
By James Clark: Ben Affleck is making a movie about the secret Army unit that tricked Nazis into chasing ‘ghost armies’ during WWII
DoD: The National Background Investigations Bureau Moves to the Department of Defense
By David Vergun: Nuclear Triad Important to America’s National Security
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