Wednesday, March 19, 2008

This Is How We Support The Troops??????

A Dozen Soldiers Electrocuted In Iraq Since 2003

Earlier this morning, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) sent Defense Secretary Robert Gates a letter requesting documents about the military’s management of contracts for maintenance of electrical systems in U.S. military facilities in Iraq.
The reason: Because he found out that 12 Army and Marine servicemen have died as a result of electrocution since 2003.
The latest casualty: Staff Sergeant Ryan D. Maseth (pictured), a Special Forces soldier from Pennsylvania, who was electrocuted while taking a shower in his living quarters in Radwaniyeh Palace Complex in Baghdad on January 2.
According to the Army’s Criminal Investigative Division, “an electrical short in the pump sent an electrical current through the water pipes to the metal shower hose, and then through Staff Sergeant Maseth’s arm to his heart.”

Seems like some basic wiring knowledge would have prevented a disaster like this.....but then again, using a skilled workman might cut into the contractor's profits!


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