Since last night I’ve been following up on the shooting that occurred on the 15th which left one Special Forces Soldier dead and a police officer injured. This stuff tears us up inside because this story just goes from bad to worse and I suspect that some serious repercussions are coming down the line and not just for Ben Schweitzer. I’m going to continue to develop this story but what I wanted to get out right now is that we’ve consulted with multiple trusted sources who wanted us to know that Sergeant First Class Moses was a stand up guy and that the allegations I published last night would be wildly out of character for him if true. Below is the official Army press release:
RELEASE NUMBER: 5-120316
DATE POSTED: MARCH 16, 2012
PRESS RELEASE: Special Forces Soldier Killed in Shooting
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, March 16, 2012) – A U.S. Special Forces Soldier was killed during a non-military related incident in Clarksville, Tn., on March 15.
Sergeant First Class Frederic N. Moses, 26, died from gunshot wounds sustained during an incident with another Soldier. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), which is leading the investigation, charged Sgt. Benjamin Schweitzer with criminal homicide today.
Both Moses and Schweitzer were assigned to 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Moses was born in St. Charles, Mo., and joined the Army in 2004 with a Special Forces enlistment option. After completing Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training he attended and graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course. He was assigned to 5th SFG (A) in November 2006, serving as a Communications Sergeant.
Moses completed four total combat deployments: three to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. He returned from his most recent combat tour supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in February 2012.
Moses’ awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and Army Achievement Medal. Other decorations include the Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.
Moses is survived by his parents, two sisters, and two brothers.