A sad situation, all the way around. I express sorrow to our neighbors for the horrible accident. And also feel the pain of this highly decorated pilot, who is also suffering the consequences of WAR. May all the families involved recieve a peaceful conclusion. and may we see peace again soon.
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AP) - A U.S. fighter pilot who mistakenly bombed Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan in 2002, killing four and injuring eight, has lost an appeal of his reprimand, officials announced Monday.
Earlier this month, Maj. Harry Schmidt was found guilty of dereliction of duty and was ordered to forfeit more than $5,000 in pay.
Lt. Gen. Bruce Carlson, who handed down the verdict, said in a letter of reprimand that Schmidt "acted shamefully" and exhibited "arrogance and a lack of flight discipline" in the April 17, 2002, bombing.
In his appeal, Schmidt said the reprimand was issued as a "desire to mount a public relations campaign rather than actually attempt to see justice done."