Commander's Inquiry

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MEMORANDUM FOR Commander, 2-11th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, GA 31905

THRU Commander, D Co, 2-11th Infantry Regiment

SUBJECT: Commander’s Inquiry to determine what events surrounded and caused PFC Holmes to negligently discharge his weapon o/a 210815FEB2013.

1. On 21 February 2013, I was directed to conduct an initial commander’s inquiry to determine why PFC Holmes negligently discharged his weapon at Simpson Range. On 21 February 2013 I conducted interviews with all parties involved and began my investigation.

2. The focus of the inquiry was to determine how PFC Holmes negligently loaded and discharged his weapon, and determine the events surrounding the discharge.

3. The facts resulting from the initial inquiry are as follows:

a. Timeline:
11-15xxxxFEB13 SSG Davis gives practical training on how to maintain, operate, and correct malfunctions on the M4 according to FM 3-22.9.(Exhibit C). 18xxxxFEB13 SSG Davis acts a primary trainer on IAW TM 9-1005-319-10. PFC Holmes has no issues grasping BRM functions. PFC Holmes is correctly able label, assemble, and disassemble his rifle. PFC Holmes was then taught how to load, unload, and clear his rifle(Exhibit C). 210500FEB13SFC Sinatra gives RSO brief which includes range safety and the scheme of maneuver for the event. The soldiers were told that they would move the Ammo point to collect their loaded magazines and begin moving to their firing positions. Furthermore, once they were all in position they would be instructed to load their weapons and begin zeroing their weapons. The soldiers were specifically not to load weapons prior to being told to do so (Exhibit B, D). 210545FEB13CPT Lawford gives second brief reiterating the range safety procedures and the scheme of maneuver (Exhibit A). 210545FEB13SPC Cash denotes the clarity of the instructions and that PFC...
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