It was the middle of the night in March when a soldier’s job in the army began to crumble.
The sergeant major of the Army’s division in South Korea, and the person responsible for overseeing the Army soldiers who served in that part of the country, was in a critical position.
In an email to The Hill, Col. David L. McDonough, the commanding officer of Fort Carson, Colo., told Army Staff Sgt. Major Ryan L. Smith that he had been “in a critical situation,” and that the Army would consider removing him from his job.
“The problem was that it wasn’t clear if the issue was with the soldier himself or his supervisors,” Smith said.
“I’ve never seen an officer in my career with the job of this much responsibility to ensure the safety of their own men and women in uniform.”
Smith said the incident took place on March 23, when Smith received an email from an Army deputy commander, Lt.
Col. Michael A. Lohman, that said, “The issue is that you have been assigned the responsibility of handling the safety and security of the soldiers of Fort Campbell and its surrounding communities.
If this is not resolved within 48 hours, the Army will take the appropriate action.”
Smith’s email to Lohmann was sent just hours before a shooting in Fort Campbell killed 14 people and wounded more than 50.
“As I recall,” Smith wrote, “the email stated that you had been given the responsibility to secure Fort Campbell for the entire Army in accordance with our policy and procedures.
You also stated that this had been your responsibility, and that you were being transferred.”
The following day, a gunman stormed into Fort Campbell.
“He entered the building and opened fire on our officers and soldiers,” Smith told The Hill.
“They were standing there when he started shooting.”
“He started shooting at them, but they didn’t realize that he was shooting at themselves,” Smith added.
The soldiers were in the back of a moving vehicle with their hands up and in the air, when they heard shots and realized what had happened.
Smith’s story was not the first time the Army had lost an officer from the same division.
On March 27, the same day that Smith had been fired, another officer was killed in the same Fort Campbell area.
According to Army records, Lt.-Col. Joshua R. Brown died at the scene of the shooting.
“When the shooting started,” Smith’s attorney, Stephen F. Brown, said, “[Brown] was on his way to the back door when the gunman opened fire.
“If he had not been killed, we may not be able to have that position today. “
Col. Brown had just been promoted to the rank of sergeant major in January of this year and had been in charge of the Fort Campbell unit for over two years,” Brown told The New York Times.
“If he had not been killed, we may not be able to have that position today.
It’s a tragic incident that was preventable.”
Smith had recently been promoted as an enlisted sergeant major, and was the commander of the 4th Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, based at Fort Carson.
When the shooting began, Brown had told Smith that “a large number of soldiers were out walking their dogs and their families” at the time of the attack.
“A large number were standing outside of their vehicles, which were not secured at the front and rear,” Brown said.
He also told Smith, “You are the most qualified person that’s been assigned to the job to deal with this situation.”
The two were working together as a team, Brown said, and were assigned to secure the perimeter.
When Smith arrived at Fort Campbell, Brown and his colleagues began to secure an area around the front gate of the compound.
“We were trying to secure it and make sure that the soldiers were safe, but the soldiers weren’t,” Brown recalled.
“There were more soldiers outside, and there was a lot of noise, and people were running around in their vehicles and stuff.”
Brown said he asked Smith if he could go outside and talk to the soldiers.
“That’s when I heard shots,” he said.
Brown and two other officers quickly went inside and found Brown’s body.
He had been shot multiple times.
A short time later, a soldier, a second lieutenant, and a corporal were killed in another attack at Fort Gordon, Ga.
Brown was one of four people killed in that attack.
In a separate incident, on March 29, the body of a corporals’ sergeant was found in a field, which was then covered in bullet holes.
He appeared to have been shot in a random shooting.
In the aftermath of the attacks, Cols.
David McDonogh and David P. Furlong, both of whom were assigned the Fort Carson division, ordered Smith to “suspend his career,” according to an email obtained by The Hill through the Freedom of Information Act.
“At this point, I do not believe the