DVIDS – News – Incoming Fort Campbell Soldiers Warned of Delta 8 and Weapons Violations

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – Law enforcement personnel at the installation have stepped up efforts to address an increase in prohibited activities that endanger the safety of the military community and can derail promising military careers .

New soldiers being processed at 1st Lt. J. Robert Kalsu’s Replacement Company now receive a briefing on Delta 8 and gun safety as part of the weekly Newcomer’s Brief.

A discussion of legal and safety issues was added to the briefing after the Provost Marshal’s COMPSTAT, or computer statistics, police department identified an upward trend in the use of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and the mishandling of private firearms, said Keith Shumate, chief of Fort Campbell. of policemen.

COMPSTAT policing is a performance management system used to detect crime trends while emphasizing information sharing, responsibility, accountability and improving efficiency, a said Shumate.

“We wanted to be able to brief incoming soldiers because there was such a problem with some things, especially Delta 8,” said Lt. Pedro Hernandez, commander of the PMO watch who gave the July 13 briefing.

delta 8

Delta-8 is found naturally in the hemp plant, but usually in low concentrations that render extraction techniques ineffective. Instead, it is synthesized from CBD extracted from hemp through laboratory isomerization.

The Delta-8 compound was not explicitly addressed in the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized CBD and other hemp-derived products. Because of this, Delta-8 can be sold off-post without legal consequences, which has caused confusion among soldiers as to why it is banned in the military.

“By testing positive for synthetic cannabis and other THC substitutes, a soldier violates a punitive regulation that is a violation of Section 92 (10 USC 892) – failure to comply with an order or regulation” , Shumate said.

This breach has far-reaching consequences, he said.

The maximum penalty for disobeying an order or regulation includes dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all wages and allowances, and imprisonment for two years. It can also result in the loss of education and benefits for veterans, as well as impacting the economic well-being of the soldier and his family.

Michael Hicks, anti-drug facility coordinator, Fort Campbell’s Army Substance Abuse Program, or ASAP, said the number of soldiers discharged due to Delta 8 use is alarming.

“By far, THC 9 [marijuana] and Delta 8 outweigh the results of any other drug right now, so that’s something we need to work on,” Hicks said.

Sergeant First Class Adam Costello, senior platoon sergeant in Kalsu, said he was concerned about the recent spike in Delta 8 usage among soldiers.

“Delta 8 is the most common drug we struggle with and that’s because it’s so readily available, you can go to the corner store and it’s there,” Costello said.

He hopes the information presented at the briefing will help soldiers understand the seriousness of their actions.

“These new soldiers had to go through quite a lot just to get here, and that’s true even for those who’ve been here a while,” he said. “The Marine Corps has a saying ‘protect what you’ve earned’ and I’m just trying to remind them that they’ve done a lot of work to get to where they are right now and threw it all on a vape or candy that contains the substance is not worth it.

Specialist Tiffany Brunson, Kalsu Replacement Company, attended the newcomers briefing and said the information about Delta 8 and CBD was new to her.

“I didn’t know much about Delta 8 until I came to this briefing,” Brunson said. “We are all expected to act in a certain way and play by the rules while we are here. We’ve all been told about it, so no one can say they didn’t know it was wrong.

Self-referral for treatment is the best option for soldiers who have used or are using illicit drugs and don’t want to put their careers in the military at risk, Hicks said.

“As far as the soldiers are concerned, as long as the soldier asks for help before being informed that he has been selected for a urine test, there will be no ramifications against him because that is all. interest of the limited use policy – for those people to ask for help,” he said.

For more information about the Army Substance Abuse Program, or ASAP, call 270-798-4411 or visit https://home.army.mil/campbell/index.php/about/Garrison/dhr/asap-services. To reach the Substance Use Disorders Clinical Care, or SUDCC, call 270-412-3247.

Privately owned firearms

Properly securing private firearms, or POFs, is another issue, Hernandez said.

“If you are going to bring a firearm onto the facility, it must be taped with a trigger lock or secured in a holster and the ammunition must be separate from the firearm,” he said. “Most people who have trouble with it are people who keep it with them under a car seat or just blatantly ignore the rules.”

In accordance with Army Regulation 190-11, Physical Security of Weapons, Ammunition, and Explosives; and Fort Campbell Regulation 190-1, Fort Campbell Physical Security Program; all POFs must be registered, unloaded and properly stored. POFs transported in a vehicle must be secured in the trunk. For vehicles without trunks, firearms will be enclosed in a container.

Concealed POFs are not permitted to be carried in Fort Campbell.

“People caught with a firearm that is not registered, properly secured, or violates guidelines regarding the separation of firearms and ammunition, could end up with four or five different charges,” Hernandez said. “These could include improper storage, failure to record, transport and concealment, among others.”

For more information, visit https://home.army.mil/campbell/index.php/about/Garrison/DES/provost-marshal.

Date taken: 22.07.2022
Date posted: 22.07.2022 16:25
Story ID: 425614

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