Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Moral obligations...

A KGL truck killed another American soldier February 11th near Camp Buehring (Udairi). According to some reports, the KGL truck crossed the center line and struck a civilian vehicle.

VEHICLE CRASH CLAIMS ONE SOLDIER'S LIFE: A 164th Theater Air Operations Group Soldier was killed in a vehicle crash 11 February 2008 at approximately 1530 local near the ASR Ironhorse and Aspen extension. The Army Staff Sergeant was a passenger in a Non-Tactical Vehicle when it collided head-on with a Tractor Trailor driven by a local national working for KGL Transportation Company. The Soldier died at the scene. The driver was air MEDEVAC'd to EMFK where he was treated for a shoulder injury. Both Soldiers were wearing seatbelts. The passenger has been in country since September 07 and the driver since June 07. At the time of the accident the passenger had been on duty for approximately seven hours and the driver three hours. Including this accident, there have been 3 Army Class A non-tactical vehicle accidents in FY08 compared to 2 for the same time frame in FY07. These 3 accidents resulted in 3 fatalities. This PAR does not identify specific root causes of this accident as the investigation is ongoing.


FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- A member of Fort Campbell's 101st Airborne Division has died in Kuwait, the U.S. Army said.

Staff Sgt. Javares J. Washington, 27, of Pensacola, Fla., died Feb. 11 at Camp Buehring in Kuwait City, Kuwait, from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident, the Army said Thursday.

Washington was assigned to the 6th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. He joined the Army in 2001 and arrived at Fort Campbell in April, 2007.

Washington is survived by wife Letrica Nixon-Washington, daughter Tristyne Washington and stepson Mekhi Nixon, all of Fort Campbell, Ky. He is also survived by son Jayden Washington of Americus, Ga.; mother Felicia Smith and father Willie Matthews of Pensacola, Fla.
Washington earned several honors during his career, including the Army Good Conduct Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

God rest his soul.

This is the second such incident where KGL drivers have killed US military personnel. The family of the first victim, a US Colonel in Iraq, just won a US federal lawsuit in Atlanta for US$4.5 million.

My advice to this - and any other company - who has had an accidental fatality: Live up to your moral responsibility! Talk to/take care of the families of these people. Assist in goodwill in any way you can. Human life should not just be a statistic. If you want to compete in a global marketplace, live up to global standards. You HAVE a responsibility.

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