Tracking System May Have Saved Soldier
Questions Surround Death Of Soldier
Safety has long been one of the main points of emphasis for our military during training operations, but unfortunately the circumstances surrounding the unique and untimely death of Army soldier Ehren Murburg have raised questions about how safe our soldiers really are during the training process.
Murburg was in the midst of his Green Beret training when he was ordered to perform various mapping exercises in a heavily wooded area. One of the main concerns by other soldiers training and some commanding officers that day was in regards to a severe heat wave that was hitting the area on that day in June, 2008. Although the conditions were very tough that day, the military decided to continue with the training exercises, providing each soldier with a GPS tracking system in case an emergency situation were to occur. Sadly, Murburg was never able to complete the mapping exercise as his body was later discovered under a tree.The official military reports stated that the young military man in training had died from a snake bite from a venomous water moccasin.
The soldier in training did not activate the real time GPS tracker that was in his possession, a monitoring tool that could have alerted officials if he was in danger.
With the Army struggling to provide family members and their lawyer substantial proof that a snake bite, and not heat exhaustion, was the cause of the soldier’s death, a full-blown investigation has been called upon by some of the highest ranking officials in the military that includes General Peter Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff, and General John Mulholland Jr., Commander of Special Forces.
As the investigation continues, and the Murburg family awaits the release of the final report,the Army has publicly expressed deep sympathy and regret for the situation that resulted in the loss of one of their own.