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Escalating Situation !! US Soldiers Have Leave Canceled Amid Russian Ukrainian Armed Stand-off.

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Escalating Situation !!  US Soldiers Have

Leave Canceled Amid Russian Ukrainian

Armed Stand-off.

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In Germany 100′s of US soldiers have their leave canceled amid the Ukraine Russian Crises. The Ukrainian military has begun a major offensive with battle tanks against the Donetsk Airport, or whats left of it. At the same time Ukraine has claimed that Russia has moved in 100 SU-27 and 30′s to Crimea and has 5 subs of the coast. Now we hear that Ukraine and Russian forces have shelled each other near the Russian border of Mariupol Ukraine.
 

 

Hundreds of soldiers thought they had

holiday leave. Now the Army’s trying to

help them cancel their tickets.

 

Col. W. Scott Gallaway, front, commander, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, leads the formation July 2, 2018, during a ceremony at Ansbach’s Storck Barracks Airfield.

U.S. ARMY

https://www.stripes.com/news/hundreds-of-soldiers-thought-they-had-holiday-leave-now-the-army-s-trying-to-help-them-cancel-their-tickets-1.560614#.XBQIf_AAY7Q.twitter

By JOHN VANDIVER | STARS AND STRIPES

Published: December 14, 2018

STUTTGART, Germany — Scores of soldiers deployed to Europe could be on the hook after purchasing airline tickets home for the holidays, only to learn that their leave was never fully approved.

The 4th Combat Aviation Brigade out of Fort Carson, Colo., is nearing the end of a nine-month deployment in support of the U.S. military’s effort to reinforce NATO’s eastern flank. In November, troops were told by their brigade commander that holiday leave was approved, allowing for soldiers to return home, according to U.S. Army WTF Moments — a site where troops often vent about military snafus.

The problem: whatever informal approval 4th CAB commander Col. Scott Gallaway thought he’d received hadn’t been cleared up the U.S. Army Europe chain of command, the website reported.

Policy states that deployed units are not authorized ordinary leave and an exception must be granted, according to USAREUR.

“Due to mission requirements, an exception was not supportable,” USAREUR spokeswoman Beth Clemons said. “Unfortunately, many soldiers purchased tickets before the leave approval process was complete.”

The Army has assigned refund coordinators to each of the brigade’s battalions to help soldiers try to get their money back, Clemons said.

About 250 soldiers bought tickets home, Clemons said.

“The command is doing everything in its power to rectify the situation and ensure no Soldier has to pay out of pocket for incurred expenses due to unapproved leave,” Clemons said in an email.

The confusion has been a source for unit strain. Soldiers “… are facing financial hardship due to inability to obtain refunds, pay high cancellation fees, and deal with the emotional toll being placed on these young families,” stated the message posted to Army WTF Moments.

But on U.S. Army WTF Moments’ Facebook page, there wasn’t an outpouring of sympathy among all commenters.

“So, the rotational force to bulk up NATO forces against Russian forces actually thought they would get Christmas leave from Europe, even after current hostilities in the Kerch Strait? Lol get real,” wrote one poster.

Another unsympathetic commentator weighed in: “if you’ve been in the army longer than a day you know never buy tickets for leave without insurance on the flights, this (expletive) happens all the time,” the Facebook poster wrote.

However, there was some concern about the toll on the children back home.

“It’s not all about the financial hardship it’s about making kids happy and being a United family for the Holidays and a wish come true,” wrote another Facebook poster. “That has been destroyed.”

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Twitter: @john_vandiver

 


 

BREAKING: UKRAINE BEGINS SHELLING

NEAR MARIUPOL

On Dec 14, 2018
 
MARIUPOL, Ukraine – As heightened tensions mark an already dangerous situation, Ukrainian troops have just opened mortar fire near Mariupol.

This was just announced by the DPR representative in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire Regime. 120mm and 82mm mortar shells were reportedly used. AGS, RPGs and large-caliber machine guns were also used during the shelling.

In addition, it is reported that last night from a position near Gnutovo, the BSU attacked Kominternovo: 29 grenades were fired from automatic grenade launchers (AGS), large-caliber machine guns and small arms were also used.

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