Just firing blanks

Kevin J. Rodriguez, Private First Class, with Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, was participating in a blank-fire training exercise in October last year.

He died that day, as a fellow soldier fired at him.

Two rounds struck Rodriguez in his chest protector while a third struck his upper left arm and chest area and entered his heart.

The US Army did its best to cover this up but a Freedom of Information Act request has helped fill in some of the blanks.

But in 700 pages of documents provided, everyone’s name involved has been ‘redacted’ – blotted out.

All weapons had blank firing adapters installed, according to the documents. A blank firing adapter goes on a rifle’s end to help prevent live rounds from being fired.

Rodriguez was posthumously promoted to Specialist.

It’s not known what happened to his killer.


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