Category Archives: sergeant

Sergeant major faces court-martial over child sex abuse charges


A former command sergeant major at Fort Carson, Colorado, will go to court-martial June 7 to face charges of sexual misconduct, including acts against underage girls, beginning in 2008, according to charge sheets. Sgt. Maj. Benito Perez, 51, who was the 4th Infantry Division Artillery’s senior enlisted leader until January 2020, faces four charges of […]

Sergeant Major of the Army questions military child care in wake of COVID


Defense officials should expand child care capacity to ensure that military families’ needs are met during crisis conditions such as the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recommendation on its way to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper from the high-level DoD Military Family Readiness Council. The council also voted Tuesday to recommend addressing shortages of specialty […]

Air Force sergeant pleads not guilty in killing of sheriff’s deputy


DUBLIN, Calif. — An Air Force sergeant pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder charges in the ambush killing of a sheriff’s deputy, one of two killings of law enforcement officers he is suspected of committing in Northern California last spring. Steven Carrillo, who officials say is associated with the extremist anti-government “boogaloo” group, entered the […]

Sergeant first class arrested for burglaries on and around Fort Carson


A Colorado-based soldier was arrested this week in connection to “a large burglary pattern” that local police have been investigating since early July, law enforcement officials said. Sgt. 1st Class Justin M. Smith, 36, was arrested Wednesday alongside Madison Bloch, 23, for the alleged string of burglaries, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department. Both […]

Staff sergeant promotion testing extended due to coronavirus


The Air Force said Thursday that it is extending its testing deadlines for airmen eligible for promotion to staff sergeant — to Aug. 28 — as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Promotion testing for airmen seeking to become staff or technical sergeants was suspended in March as the nation locked down due to the […]

Air Force sergeant indicted in federal guard killing


OAKLAND, Calif. — A federal grand jury indicted an Air Force sergeant for murder and attempted murder after he allegedly killed a federal security guard in Northern California and wounded his partner amid protests against police brutality, a judge said Monday. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler told Steven Carrillo, 32, that the grand jury charged him […]

Army command sergeant major’s death under investigation


The senior enlisted soldier for Army Intelligence and Security Command died Tuesday in Fairfax County, Virginia, officials from his unit confirmed. Command Sgt. Maj. Eric M. Schmitz’s cause of death is currently under investigation by the Fairfax County Police Department and Army Criminal Investigation Command. Officials declined to answer questions posed by Army Times, citing […]

Air Force sergeant charged in killing of federal officer at California courthouse


In an eight-day span, an Air Force sergeant fatally shot a federal security officer and wounded his partner outside a U.S. courthouse and ambushed and killed a California sheriff’s deputy and injured four other officers, federal authorities said Tuesday. In announcing murder and attempted murder charges in the shooting of the security personnel, authorities alleged […]