Fit For Duty – 218

Written by: Don McGill, Darcy Meyers; Watch Now: – Sorry, not available on Amazon

PFC Jeff Kilpatrick was killed when his unit was ambushed and taking fire from all sides. He had stood up in a daze and walked directly toward insurgents firing on them. His COC blamed navy psychiatrist Cdr Lucy Maron for “incompetence.” Mac (M) was antagonistic from the beginning, even Cresswell (Cr) told her that she looked like she was “on a mission” against psychiatrists. Harm (H) got Dr Elgin (Jordan’s friend) to review the case. However, when H asked her to be a witness she told him that M had already asked her to be a witness for her side. Then, on cross-examination H had to discredit her. Then, Maron’s private diary was found on a navy computer, she used and forgot to erase, which revealed SHE was under “secondary stress” as well. Kilpatrick had “combat addiction” with adrenalin rush and wanted to go back to the fighting and “it was so easy to let him” Maron told H.

Maron, in her own stress, “felt” responsible and cried in front of Cpl Dominick who then had blamed Maron as well. Maron was following the “3 hot’s and a cot” protocol which she was under orders to follow. Elgin described that there was: an omnipresent threat, no obvious front line, supporting roles being given to independent contractors, and a greater percentage of troops now see action than in years past. She described Maron’s caseload as completely unrealistic. Harm showed that Kilpatricks CO, Capt Damon White, had disregarded ALL of Maron’s many prior suggestions for prevention. He called them “touchy feely” but he was overwrought in his condemnation of Maron. Maron was found guilty of Dereliction but Judge Blakeley thanked her for her courage and delayed sentencing 60 days for stress counseling and assessment with “possible return to full duty.” Elgin told H that Maron was in a daze and didn’t even hear the judges “no confinement.” They made arrangements for dinner within M’s hearing so H, feeling uncomfortable, asked M to join them – although she declined.

Bud (B) defended Cdr. Stefanopoulis who refused to vacate his command of the USS LeGrande when relieved of command after a pilot hit a pier. Stefanopoulis had to keep encouraging B because he wanted his “day in court” even though he “knew he was done.” Lt. Tali Mayfield, an arrogant new JAG prosecuting attny, was introduced and “psyched out” B. Stefanopoulis had been summarily dismissed without explanation from ANYONE, including his arrogant strike group commander Admiral Renfield. He had just been summarily dismissed for “lack of confidence” and had absolutely no recourse; so, he chose to refuse to stand down to get his “day in court.” During Bs questioning Adm Renfield was cocky until B showed that in the past 3 years Renfield had only taken action on TWO (of TEN) officers who had committed infractions which rose to level of court-martial and they were the ones who were over 40 years old! Then he showed that Stefanopoulis had been ordered to turn over piloting of the ship to a private pilot who had LIED to the navy about his amount of experience because of his companies pressure. Stefanopoulis was still relieved of command but was grateful to B that he had his day in court – “I’m not too old to serve my country.”

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