U.S. Strategic Command Headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base.
U.S. STRATEGIC COMMAND
A Navy chief petty officer who formerly worked at U.S. Strategic Command faces court-martial in Virginia on charges that he leaked classified information to a Russian national, Navy officials disclosed Thursday.
Chief Petty Officer Charles T. Briggs served as an information systems technician at Offutt Air Force Base from April 2018 to July 2019, according to Navy documents. He has been held since August 2019 at a Navy brig in Virginia near his last duty station at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.
- Relaying U.S. national defense information to a Russian national from October 2018 to January 2019.
- Obstructing justice by telling the Russian national about an ongoing investigation into their relationship in January and February 2019.
- Failing to disclose on a security clearance questionnaire about whether he had maintained a “close and continuing relationship” with a noncitizen.
- Lying on a leave-request form by falsely claiming he would be staying in Nebraska during an 11-day leave in late 2018.
- Violating a general regulation by failing to report a monthlong trip to Serbia in December 2018.
- Failing to report connections to Italian and Russian nationals.
- Possession of and attempting to view child pornography.
Briggs, who is originally from Wisconsin, enlisted in the Navy in October 1998. If convicted, he could face up to 64 years of confinement and a dishonorable discharge.
A trial date hasn’t yet been set, a Navy Region Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman said.
StratCom officials referred questions to the Navy. Briggs’ civilian attorney, Frank J. Spinner, couldn’t be reached for comment.
He and the woman, who cannot be named, said they could not remember having sex after downing beer, wine, prosecco, port and whisky.
The captain had said she was horrified when she woke up naked next to Maj Beaton, of the Royal Artillery.
He insisted the pair had no sexual contact, then claimed he was the victim of an assault when investigators found DNA proof.
Judge Advocate General Jeff Blackett at Bulford military court, Wilts, said it was “an unusual case”.
He also added : “You have been found not guilty by this board. It is intolerable that this case has taken so long to get to court.”
Ten Marines have been disciplined administratively following an investigation into the death of a former Green Beret who was working as a contractor in Irbil, Iraq, according to Marine Forces Special Operations Command.
Rick Anthony Rodriguez died at Landstuhl, Germany, on Jan. 4, 2019. Two Marine Raiders and a Navy corpsman have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with his death.
Washington Post reporter Dan Lamothe first revealed that 10 other Marines had been punished.
“The investigation into this case revealed collateral misconduct resulting in administrative punishments of 10 Marines,” said MARSOC spokesman 1st Lt. Justin Cox. “Since these issues were handled via administrative measures vice courts-martial, we are unable to release additional information.”
None of these 10 Marines are MARSOC critical skills operators or special operations officers, Cox told task & Purpose.
The Marines come from various Military Occupational Specialties that support Marine Special Operations Forces, he said. No further information about the Marines was available.
Separately, three members of the 3rd Marine Raider Battalion face general courts-martial for Rodriguez’s death: Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Draher, Gunnery Sgt. Joshua Negron, and Chief Petty Officer Eric Gilmet.
On Jan. 1, 2019, Rodriguez allegedly got into a fight with the three men following an argument with Gilmet at a bar in Irbil. Rodriguez, who was working for Lockheed Martin at the time, was seriously injured after Negron allegedly punched him in the head.
The three men initially returned Rodriguez back to his on base-quarters, but when it became clear that he was having problems breathing, they took him to the base’s trauma center, Draher’s attorney Phillip Stackhouse told Task & Purpose in December.
Gilmet’s trial is scheduled to take place from Oct. 13-23, followed by Negron’s general court-martial, which is slated to occur between Nov.9-20. Draher is expected to stand trial between Dec. 7-18, Cox said.
“During this process, it is imperative that the rights of the service members are protected, and the integrity of the military justice system is maintained,” Cox said. “It is also imperative to remember that these charges are merely accusations and the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty. MARSOC is committed to ensuring this legal process is conducted in a fair and impartial manner.”
An Army warrant officer was sentenced Thursday to 25 months in prison and ordered to repay $250,000 for stealing military equipment and for aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Louisiana native CW2 Bryan Craig Allen, 35, used his position as property book officer to steal 43 unique AN/PSQ-20s night vision devices from two companies within 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, federal prosecutors say.
Allen would cover the thefts by decreasing the electronic inventory in the unit’s property books and at times explained the decrease by saying that the items were transferred to another unit, according to court records.
He also forged the signature of other personnel on receipts for the items to falsely document the equipment transfers to a phony unit, the court records state.
The NVGs were stolen between April and June 2018. Some of them were later sold to Stratton “Mac” Beaubien, the owner of Red Horse Military Surplus in Fayetteville, the town outside Fort Bragg, according to a criminal complaint.
Army CID agents honed in on Beaubien when they found an eBay user selling military equipment with some of the transactions tied to Beaubien’s shop.
The soldiers embezzled a combined total of $90,000 between July 2009 and January 2010.
A search warrant was executed on Red Horse Military Surplus in late February 2019. Beaubien consented to a search of his cell phone by federal agents, revealing text messages from Allen offering to sell the NVGs for $2,500 each.
All info submitted will be kept confidential and private. We will contact you via e-mail or phone for a free initial consultation with a military defense lawyer. An attorney client relationship is not established by submitting this initial contact information to our office.
Gonzalez & Waddington, LLCGonzalez and Waddington defend Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard cases in the US, Germany, England, Italy, Spain, Sicily, Europe, Turkey, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Cyprus, Korea, Hawaii, Guam, and Japan.Phone: (866) 969-9860