The title of a recently released Fox News article is “EXCLUSIVE: Navy Yard gunman earned glowing evaluations during time as reservist” (Web-site/URL: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/17/exclusive-navy-yards-gunman-earned-glowing-evaluations-during-time-as-reservist/#ixzz2fFkEwPQ7).
“The Navy Yard gunman who KILLED 12 people Monday (September 16, 2013) at a military facility in Washington typically earned RAVE REVIEWS from his superiors during his time in the service, though there were glimpses into the MADNESS that drove him to mass murder, according to records obtained exclusively by Fox News“. “rave reviews” = PRAISE, while “madness” = INSANITY, which, of course, is DEEPLY TROUBLING/ALARMING.
So what got Aaron Alexis “rave reviews” and what were these “glimpses into the madness that drove him to mass murder?” “Aaron Alexis was described at different times during his 2007-2011 stint as a full-time Navy reservist as an “EAGER trainee” with “UNLIMITED potential,” who displayed a “GET IT DONE” attitude”. This is good.
“In the spring of 2008″, one evaluating supervisor wrote: “Alexis has been onboard (only) a short time and has established himself as a ‘GET IT DONE‘ addition to the work center. POSSESSES UNLIMITED POTENTIAL and CAN become a valuable asset to the command with the proper guidance and SELF-DISCIPLINE“. Well, it’s now clear that Alexis SORELY LACKED “self-discipline”.
“That report called Alexis, who was 34 when he died, a “talented technician” who meticulously carried out his duties as an aviation electrician’s mate, working on aircraft electrical systems. It also praised him for work he did off the Georgia military base where he was stationed, calling him “COMMUNITY minded,” and noting that he “dedicated over 10 hours of off-duty time to the Atlanta Food Bank, distributing food to needy individuals in the metro Atlanta area”. This description is EXEMPLARY although NOT a “rave review”.
“A box on the review that read “MUST PROMOTE (?)” was checked”. There are NO “musts” in this world.
“The review seemed at odds with a 2004 police report in Seattle, where Alexis SHOT OUT THE TIRES OF A CONSTRUCTION WORKER’S CAR in what he told police was an “ANGER-FUELED blackout.” He was arrested, but not prosecuted after promising to have no contact with the victim”. This was the first “glimpse of the madness that drove him (Alexis) to mass murder”.
“Another incident involving a gun led to his arrest in 2010, in Fort Worth, where he was stationed with the Navy. In that incident, he admitted shooting a gun through his ceiling and into the apartment of an upstairs neighbor. He told police he was “CLEANING (?) his gun,” but the neighbor, who told police she’d had run-ins before with Alexis, was “TERRIFIED” according to police. Alexis was arrested, but prosecutors declined to pursue the case”. This was another “glimpse of the madness that drove him (Alexis) to mass murder”.
“Alexis would be arrested in a DeKalb County, Georgia club for disorderly conduct months later, in August of 2008, an event that would later see him DEMOTED ONE STEP IN RANK after missing a day of work while in jail“. This was another “glimpse of the madness that drove him (Alexis) to mass murder”.
“Still, his next review praised him as a “PROVEN technician” who was a “MOTIVATED” and “ESSENTIAL team member.” That evaluation also recommended Alexis for promotion”. Again, this was good but NOT a “rave review”.
“But in the spring of 2009, Alexis got his first NEGATIVE review, based at least in part, on the Georgia arrest”. “[Alexis] has had A SEVERE LAPSE on a number of occasions and has been counseled several times for inappropriate conduct,” stated the review, which went on to say he was “awarded Non Judicial Punishment in July of 2009″.
“Later that year (2009), though, Alexis appealed the punishment and in December (2009), the Navy granted his appeal, reinstated his rank and gave him back pay. The violation was essentially expunged from his record, one Navy official said. Subsequent reviews seemed to indicate he had put the incident behind him and was back to winning positive evaluations”. Alexis behavior can only be described as ERRATIC.
“In February, 2010, his evaluation called him a “TEAM PLAYER” and a “HIGHLY MOTIVATED technician (and) AN ASSET to the Avionic Division and Aircraft Maintenance Efforts. [Alexis] continues to DISPLAY (sic) GREAT STRIDES and A DETERMINATION TO EXCEL. A FUTURE KEY ASSET to the Command’s continued mission success. On track for AE2!” OK, again, this is POSITIVE.
Finally, “Alexis was discharged in January 2011. A post-separation evaluation – the last review the U.S. Navy would give on the man who turned out to be A TICKING TIME BOMB – served as a reference to prospective employers in the private sector. “A competent mechanic WHO POSSESSES THE POTENTIAL TO ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS. Alexis will be A VALUABLE ASSET (?) to any civilian organization“. In hindsight/retrospect, we now know that this is NOT/FAR FROM the case.
We can make TWO conclusions here. First we have to wonder: DID AARON ALEXIS DESERVE these “glowing recommendations?” IF he did, then PERHAPS he was under the impression that he could DO ANYTHING HE WANTED TO DO WITHOUT ANY CONSEQUENCES? If not, WHAT MADE HIM SNAP?