Sunday 24 Sep 2017

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SJAFB Airman Charged With DWI After Weekend Crash

A chief master sergeant from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base has been charged with DWI and failure to reduce speed after a crash on George Street late Saturday night in Goldsboro.

Goldsboro Police charged 47 year old Hector Soler of Goldsboro with DWI and failure to reduce speed after his Hyundai slammed into the back of a Jeep driven by 17 year old Johny Watson of Seven Springs. The accident report estimates Soler’s vehicle struck the back of Watson’s vehicle at 70mph in a 35mph zone. After Soler’s vehicle struck the Jeep, it pushed Watson’s vehicle down the road 159 feet into a steel utility pole. The police report lists Soler’s blood alcohol concentration at .16, twice the legal limit in North Carolina.

Watson was transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital and then airlifted to Vidant Medical Center with severe head injuries. A passenger in the Jeep was asleep at the time of the accident and didn’t remember details of the crash. Soler told police that the vehicle he hit was parked in the roadway with no lights on at the time of the crash. The accident is still under investigation. Vidant Medical Center has Watson listed in critical condition.

125 Comments

  1. Hiram Abiff says:

    Amazing; typical examples of ‘Leadership’…
    If he is a Freemason, the court will go easy w/ ‘Kid Gloves’. Might even dismiss with a slap on the wrist!
    If he isn’t in the lodge, well…LOOK OUT!!! He’ll get the book thrown at him!!
    The overall atmosphere of SJAFB is one of toxicity! Worked there in the late 80’s w/ the reserve unit, & serving in Vietnam was by far more preferable than serving with those upper enlisted masonic morons and the so-called ‘Officers’ over them who were inspired to do NOTHING to correct the problems.
    They court-martialled some really good people over instances that those charged had no control over, but yet it was OK for the military masons to get away with the same things…
    Even U.S. Senate intervention did nothing!
    When the active duty threatened to trump-up charges on the reservists in the unit once the unit was activated during Desert Storm, 1/3rd of the enlisted reserve force walked away, and FOR GOOD REASON!!!
    Not only were they forced to quit their careers of many years, but they also walked away from mortgages held by the local banks, dis-enrolled their kids from the minimally-educating schools, and the local economy took a combined hit of an estimated $2.9 million dollars!!
    So, is it any wonder there are problems at the base?
    In town, you’re made to feel like an intrusion or a transient, just like over in Fayetteville, or Wilmington!
    Unless you are married into an old ‘Tarheel’ family, and a member of the Masonic Lodge, you will get NOTHING!!!
    They hate labor unions, and they have outlawed lotto tickets and the lottery citing religious reasons (Christianity is just another facade for control over the population, especially in the Sand Hills…). The real reason is that they don’t want the population of the minorities coming into vast sums of prize money because, after all, money is power!
    Moved there in 1988 with the intention of staying to retire, but, left in 1991!!!
    Disgusting antics at all levels of NC society there! I can only imagine what it’s like now, with the death of manly Palmer Hall, who put the brakes on radical Freemasonry, which went insane after his death in 1990!
    All of the Freemasons on base got promoted, given awards, etc., and those with much more experience got shafted! Probaly is still continuing to this day!

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  2. Linda Semler says:

    Well all you any sayiers . That rotten pice of nigood for nithing murderer has veen striped of every stripe, retirement and dishonorable discharge. Now he is awaiting his trial on the outside to find out how long he will rot in prison . He’s so arrogant he probably thinks because the Air Force already striped him of every thing that the local P.D will be lenient. Well I been here 45 years now and wayne county has no lenince when it comes to drunk drivers . He probably won’t die in prison but he should .He should beg to stay there especially if he has to come back to wayne county . Mr anon or what ever you call yourself you chicken.

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  3. Linda says:

    Now Mr Hector not only will you lose everything you thought you worked for but you get to live with the fact it was YOUR RESPONSIBILITY IN THE MILITARY BUT YOU HAVE TAKEN THE LIFE OF A SOBER 17 YEAR OLD. SOMEONE’S SON, BROTHER,GRANDSON,FRIEND ,COUSIN, AND LOVED ONE. MAY YOU ALWAYS SUFFER FROM YOUR CHOICE TO DRINK AND DRIVE. YOU MAY HAVE YOUR OWN CHILDREN. I HOPE DUE TO YOR IRRESPONSIBILITY THEY FIND A PEACEFUL LIFE AND LIFE. MAY YOUR PARNETS NEVER EXPERIENCE WHAT YOU HAVE CAUSED. LAST BUT NOT LEAST I HOPE EVERY STRIPE YOU EARNED ARE BURNED.

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  4. Airman J says:

    As an Airman, I have heard various leaders on this base describe this E-9s action as a terrible “mistake”.

    So, this young “stupid Airman” would like to explain something to the experienced, well educated leadership….

    This was not a “mistake”. A mistake is losing your keys, or forgetting to set your alarm clock.

    This was a CRIME. He KNEW not to drink and drive. He also KNEW that car was not parked with its lights off in the middle, but he LIED about it to try and cover his butt. What’s that we talk about so much…Integrity?

    So stop calling it a mistake. Please.

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    • As a retired Senior NCO, I agree that this was a crime and not a “mistake.” I am full of hope that other airmen and NCO’s recognize this. Johny’s mom and dad were both veterans. Their sacrifice is no less than many others for our country. Their loss is deep. After their service they continued to serve their community through EMS, one as a mechanic for ambulances and one as an EMT. There is a go-fund-me page set to help them through this as the company they worked for recently closed their doors with 24 hours notice in September.
      As for the Chief, the Goldsboro community will get first crack at justice where it is likely/hopeful that this man will have time to contemplate his crimes in jail for the murder he committed through his selfish actions.
      The military community should call their congressional representatives and demand an inquiry into the actions of their leadership. The Chief of Security Forces was not drinking alone. When others fail to live up to the Air Force ethos and values, it is the responsibility of ALL to hold them accountable. Then, when the Chief gets out of jail he can face military justice – and this is NOT double jeapordy and their are presidencies.
      Go-fund-me, write your representatives and finally pray for the family. Do not let the stain of blood left behind by your commanders and leadership land on your exceptional example each of you show everyday. I am proud to have served for 23 years (the last ten here at Seymour Johnson) and I know the legacy each active duty person serving here will not be that of this Chief but instead Integrity first, Service before self, and excellence in all you do.

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  5. Kelly tom says:

    Take a look at Goldsboro, county attr. Charged drunk driving ,hit/run ,city police officer, charged drunk driving, judge convicted bribery, lawyers charged drunk driving,sheriff dupty charged steeling out of evidence room ,what next??

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  6. R Richardson says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  7. Guess says:

    I’ve been in the Air Force for about 8 years now. As an NCO and working at separation section, I’ve seen airmen come and go. I sometimes asked myself, why would you ruin a young airman’s career just because he/she forgot to send a paper work at some office which did not even affected anyone. The airman received an Article 15 for dereliction of duty and later on received a general discharge (means 50/50 chance or no chance at all that he will receive his school benefits or any benefits)

    Another situation was when our base Command Chief was charged with DUI. So, this one made me question how things really are in the military. This person, instead of receiving a heavy punishment, received an assignment to Hawaii, while he was processing his retirement to get away from attention from our base. Come on! If you are willing to ruin someone’s career without giving him/her a chance for a simple paper work that was not submitted, why would it be any different for anyone? Isn’t it supposed to be worse for someone that received a DUI? Specially for a chief who was supposed to be the good example?

    My point is, I have a feeling that this Chief might get away from a general/dishonorable discharge, and just be forced retire with honorable discharge and still receive pension as soon as he gets out of the military. Though, he might not get away from prison time specially that 2 lives were involved from his stupidity.

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    • gettin tired says:

      wonder what bar he was at, if any and why the bartender didn’t quit serving him knowing he had to be about lit……blame some of those people for not paying attention and saying,’hey man you have had enough” and call them a ride

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      • Linda says:

        He was drinking on base with his wing Commander. He had a DD . He refused to let the DD drive punched him . Knocking him out and drove off base anyway

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        • Kelly tom says:

          If this statement is correct. Why wasn’t he stopped at the base gate and not allowed to leave? Someone could have called base police and stopped every car that was leaving till he was caught , would have saved a life and maybe his career sounds like he bullied his d driver, and assaulted him as well. It just makes himself look stupider then his is. May he get jail time and a lot of it

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    • TJ says:

      I’ve seen similar scenarios where young Airmen will be chastised for a simple mistake and have their careers ruined, vs someone who had more TIS and higher rank who commits a bigger offense and walks away with a slap on the wrist. The fact that this was a Chief who should know better and provide the example should be the basis for a heavier punishment. Its true that some people in the service look out for each other, but sometimes they look out too much.

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    • Anonymous One says:

      If this is true about the prior Command Chief being transferred to Hawaii and to retire without any consequences, it is a travesty to the Air Force. Especially when they drill – shove “DWI end of career” fear down our throats.

      Well, in this case there should not be different standards for different members regardless of rank for the same offense.

      What other punishments have been rendered for similar DWI cases? The same outcomes should apply.

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    • Constein says:

      Well buddy, the poor kid passed away. So your little rant is useless, this guy is going to get HAMMERED. He just killed an innocent kid, because he picked to go drive drunk when he well knew there were 100s of other outlets to get a ride. Every CMSgt or 1st shirt always stresses, call the hotlines to get picked up, DO NOT DRIVE DRUNK

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  8. Krystle says:

    I would love to see this community rally behind my sister during this tragic time. Any amount goes a long way. Please donate to their gofund me page at: https://www.gofundme.com/johny-watson-family-support

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  9. Lucy says:

    You people need to have some respect. This young man is lying in a hospital bed hooked up to machines to keep him alive. While this other man, who decided to get behind the wheel and drive severely intoxicated, let alone go over 40 miles the speed limit, is at home with his family. I am related to johny, and I have seen the hurt that our family is going through. Johny wasn’t out drinking or partying, he was simply trying to get home to be with his family, whom he loved very much. I know that people will take sides in situations like this, but the negativity and the smart ass comments need to stop. Like thumper always said, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.” Everyone here needs to realize that this could’ve been you, or could’ve been someone in your family. Put yourself in the situation before you start making rude remarks.

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  10. anon says:

    This is horrible. As a former flight chief, he should know better than to drive drunk. My husband is retired and still even if he only has one beer, I drive. He will not chance his career. He needs to be outed with reduced rank and forfeiture of pay and jail time. If the city prosecutes, I do not think the AF will do a court-martial, it is usually one or the other and not both(double jeopardy). My prayers are with the Chiefs family.

    My prayers are with the families of the two teens in the other car.

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    • Kathryn says:

      The AF can court Marshall him as well, and should. It is not double Jelordy. According to UCMJ, you can get tried and convicted by the local and the military government.

      This chief is a disgrace… he should know better. My chief def loves his drinks BUT always has a DD.

      Prayers for the young man who was an innocent victim in it all.

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  11. Kelly tom says:

    His address is off of old Grantham rd.he had a long way to drive to get home put many lives at risk

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  12. Anonymous says:

    The fact that people are so eager to support this man despite the accident he has caused is asinine to me. “Move on?” He committed a crime and in theory should be punished just like every other airman regardless of rank. I’ve seen chiefs rip apart airmen for all sorts of infractions. From underage drinking to marijuana usage. Each time it’s as if the end goal is to get them out and screw these young airmen over as much as the Air Force allows. They are shamed, brought down and ridiculed with zero chance of bouncing back. But now that it’s happened to a high ranking individual, airmen and NCOs are expected to shush and keep their head down?

    And you all wonder why airmen want to get out the second they come in. A huge disgrace.

    I sincerely hope the victims are okay.

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  13. robyn says:

    Bless this family and this boy. This “officer” needs to be locked up.

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  14. Ronnie L Fortner says:

    Let’s try to remember this is a 17 year old that we are talking about here. Driving down George street at 70 mph would be tough sober let alone drunk times 2, so when you say let’s move on, go tell his mom & dad that at hospital where they have been since this happened, maybe they will be able to pull his dad’s boot out your behind. This chief made the decision to drive like that, now changed these families lives forever. How about a little compassion here ok??

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    • melissa popp says:

      The victim was the 17 – year-old, not the drunk guy.

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    • Kelly tom says:

      I did not mean move on ,I was referring to Mr o comment when he said move on .that drunk should stay in jail with no bond till court date give him time to think about what he’s done my question is who and where he got drunk ?

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  15. kelly tom says:

    move on what if it had been your child would you just say move on? if so your an idoit

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  16. We pray for healing for Johnny and we pray God will guide the doctors hands and the nurses who take care of him. Such a tradgedy. Alcohol is such a bad thing for so many people. We pray for Hector and his whole family as well. I know him and he is a very kind and loving person when sober. I worked with him. I pray he will open his heart and mind to see what damage has been caused due to his drinking. I know him and his family are praying for Johnny. We will be lifting them all up to the Father’s throne for hearts to be healed and for strongholds to be broken. Amen! Diane and Gene from VA

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  17. Kelly tom says:

    Mr o what if that had been your child? would you say move on? Your name means nothing Mr o

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  18. Kelly tom says:

    Wonder where he was at drinking ? Let’s hope he wasn’t on center street bars ( thanks Goldsboro for allowing bars down town) thanks goldsboro for nothing

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    • Anon says:

      You’re complaining that Goldsboro is becoming an actual city? Isn’t there a better place for you inbreds?

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      • Kelly tom says:

        So your saying it takes beer joints to make a city?

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      • Kelly tom says:

        Chang your name to moron you inbred, you must be a drunk also

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      • Kelly tom says:

        So your saying without beer joints your not a city?your the inbred

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      • CAPT OBVIOUS says:

        ANON, don’t even stress it, they’ll blame the bars downtown, they’ll blame prohibition for failing and then they’ll blame Obama…the inbreds have nothing else to do but think ridiculous thoughts and post them for the world to see their ignorance

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      • Poopgonzalez says:

        I wonder if Rev barber will drag his knuckles over to help this guy out? Ooops, he only helps guilty African Americans, because he is such a fair, non racist individual.

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      • Linda says:

        Inbred. I hope some OF WHAT YOU HAVE CALLED US INBREDS FIND OUT WHO YOU ARE. WE ARE REDNECKS. GET IT RIGHT. I PROMISE YOU YOU WILL NEVER CALL ONE OF UN INBRED AGAIN .UOUT ARE THE APITAMIY OF IGNORANCE. OBVIOUSLY YOUR IN THR AIR FORCE. IM 52 BEEN HERE 44 YEARS OF THEM .IM PROUD TO CALL THIS HOME. THE DRUNK DRIVER DID NOT GROW UP HERE . BUT JOHNY DID. I AM DOING ALL I CAN NOT TO USE MUCH MORE COLORFUL WORDS. SURE WISH YOU COULD NOT HIDE BEHIND THE SCREEN OF WHAT EVER YOU ARE POSTING FROM.

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    • Patti says:

      How is it Goldsboro’s fault that the CMSgt made a conscious decision to drive drunk?

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  19. jim says:

    He will face civil charges but he will also lose rank..even all the way to airman Basic. If the wing Commander and other higher ranking individuals were at the party they are in hot water as well..

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    • Jon says:

      He wont get knocked down that far, takes an act of Congress to take one stripe from a chief. Most likely they will force retire him.

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    • Imanon says:

      You have no clue how military reductions work.

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      • I do! I also know how IT, network IP addresses and search functions work. Keep up your name calling, your “keyboard warrior” tactics and you may find karma has long arms. This was a crime and the fact that the Chief was and so far contiues to be self-centered and unwilling to take responsibility for his actions and his leadership contiues to try to sweep it under a rug is beyond defense. You certainly should not try. This child and his parents deserve better. They were the victims of the Chief’s crimes. Your less than professional responses to a hurting community will only inflame a jury and an attorney general’s office. He will face a jury from this community unless he makes a plea deal. Then, he will face a jury for the civil damages before he is returned to face military justice – depending on the Congressional Inquiry that will be coming. Nevertheless, you should ponder your words carefully. There is no such thing as “anonymous” and there is a jury pool you are definitely poking!

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  20. Barry says:

    I do feel for the kid he ran into and for the Chiefs familiy. I do not feel for the Chief at all. I know the airman are tired of hearing about drinking and driving all the time there is no reason to do so as often as they are told don’t do it there are alternatives like leave your car there call for a ride or even Uber now a days. I am just not sure what it will take to teach people these days not to do it.

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  21. Philothea says:

    Please, we are a faith-filled family. We simply would like to see prayers and wishes of hope listed here; it will lift us up during these dark times.

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  22. Guess says:

    His rank was Chief Master Sergeant, not Senior Master Sergeant. He’ll undoubtedly lose this rank (or even more), and be forced to separate or retire (if not more stringent a penalty such as confinement) depending on numerous circumstances and the decision handed down in Courts Martial. All the assumptions here are conjecture and speculation–the article is not definitive and only retelling of how the event unfolded. What is stated here will have no bearing on the outcome, so it’s best to wait and see how it plays out.

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    • Imanon says:

      He won’t face a courts martial, no way local authorities are handing over jurisdiction. He needs a good lawyer, his best case is an admin demotion and allowed to retire.

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      • Anonymous says:

        He will be made an example of, he will lose it all. Anyone in that high of position will be made an example of. Look at Judge Jones, didn’t he get 30 years for a bribe. I was just told that the kid died. I am not 100 percent on it, but that’s what I was told he didn’t make it. It should be in today’s paper.

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  23. Tyler says:

    I wonder if the rest of the Chiefs and Officer Core that were at that party will be forced to come in on a Saturday morning early in their service dress to get yelled at? Probably not. I love the double standard in the Air Force, the main reason I got out and never looked back and have been SO much happier. I never want to see people get hurt but this slime ball had it coming. Karmas a _____

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    • Imanon says:

      The AF is happier as well.

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    • Mark says:

      I didn’t read any mention of a party, or did I miss something between the lines? And by the sounds of it, you got into some serious trouble if you had to show up on a Saturday in your blues. I spent 20 years and loved every minute of every day. I never saw any double standards during my career either. I am not standing up for this Chief, just the Air Force. Sounds like you are upset more at the military than you are at him for what he did.

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      • JOE says:

        20 years in the AF and never saw a problem? You must have been part of it then.

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      • shane says:

        You mean to tell me that one person’s mistake never put you in blues with your entire squadron on a Saturday? In the maintenance world that’s how it worked. I had to come in every Saturday in blues with my entire squadron for a month because one kid got a DUI. And if you didn’t see double standards that means you were just looking past them.

        Was it all bad? No. However, I know most of the people who had a great 20 years were serving in a very different force than what we have now, and it’s not getting better any time soon.

        Chief’s getting DWI’s need the book thrown at them.

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  24. Jason says:

    First off to the statement they were parked with light off is bull they have statements from witnesses that they were driving and had lights on in fact the Jeep’s lights were still on.

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    • Imanon says:

      Did you read the statements?

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      • Linda says:

        Inbred. I hope some OF WHAT YOU HAVE CALLED US INBREDS FIND OUT WHO YOU ARE. WE ARE REDNECKS. GET IT RIGHT. I PROMISE YOU YOU WILL NEVER CALL ONE OF UN INBRED AGAIN .UOUT ARE THE APITAMIY OF IGNORANCE. OBVIOUSLY YOUR IN THR AIR FORCE. IM 52 BEEN HERE 44 YEARS OF THEM .IM PROUD TO CALL THIS HOME. THE DRUNK DRIVER DID NOT GROW UP HERE . BUT JOHNY DID. I AM DOING ALL I CAN NOT TO USE MUCH MORE COLORFUL WORDS. SURE WISH YOU COULD NOT HIDE BEHIND THE SCREEN OF WHAT EVER YOU ARE POSTING FROM.

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      • Linda says:

        Imanon. SHUT UP YOU MORON. HIS MOTHER IS MY BEST FRIEND. I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED. YOUR A FREAKING IDIOT.

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  25. Christopher F says:

    And he couldn’t afford an uber or maybe try calling a buddy for a ride? That’s poor planning.

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  26. Lavoris says:

    Praying for everyone that was involved in the accident and their families.

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  27. Mike says:

    To top it off, he was drinking at a party with the Wing Commander that night. Let’s hear more about that side of the story….

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    • and says:

      and? what is wrong with that? the problem is he drove home….which is HIS responsibility; he is old enough to drink.

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      • Imanon says:

        Exactly

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      • Ok says:

        In the cop career field it would be every single person under investigation at the party with strict punishments to the NCOs. How is it any different with commanders and junior grade officers? If that is not a double standard I don’t know what is. None the less I pray for the family of the boy and of the chief.

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      • Jah says:

        Wrong! If he was at party drinking with fellow Airmen then, he is everyone’s responsibility. The AF is supposed to be a family and take care of each other. His wingmen failed him while allowing himself fail.

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        • PM says:

          Too funny…. No one else is responsible for his illegal actions. That’s the dumbest crap we hear when things like this happen. It a chief! When does personal responsibility kick in? What a joke. Spout that trash and ppl laugh at you. Enablers. No one else will be sitting in jail. He gambled. He lost and so did an innocent family. 300 DUI briefs and trainings etc etc and you still hit this page with that pathetic “we failed him” when he failed the Air Force. Don’t have children.

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  28. Amber says:

    No one deserves this but especially Johny, my bestfriend, he is the kindest most sweet guy you could ever meet, he’s the light of most lives I know he’s mine and as long as the light still shines there is hope for his family and all his other friends. This so called “Senior Master Sargent” doesn’t deserve anything, what he did is unforgivable. No Military personnel should be this irresponsible. He is a disgrace to this country.

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    • and says:

      He is also a human, get over yourself.

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    • shane says:

      I understand this is tragic, and it’s awful, but I hope you understand that the men and women in uniform are just as prone to idiocy as the rest of the population. When you say he’s a disgrace to the country then I hope you say that about all people who drink and drive, and not just because he did it while he serves.

      I think he deserves to have the book thrown at him, he’s supposed to be the example, so make an example of him, but not because he wears a uniform.

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  29. Jeremy says:

    He used to be my first sergeant at Langley

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  30. Ken says:

    Wow! Praying for Chief and his family. That’s a lot to go through right before Christmas. He can take most of the blame, but not all of it. What was the kid doing stopped in the middle of the road? Too young to be driving at night if you ask me.

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    • Jon says:

      You must be trolling. The Chief gets ALL the blame here. Did you even read the article.

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    • Imanon says:

      Dude, he was drunk and driving twice the speed limit.

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    • Sarah says:

      I work with Johny and he was leaving work and taking a coworker home. How is it his fault that this guy was drunk and driving twice the speed limit?

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    • Kelly tom says:

      That’s it no one ask you. Your comment was voluntary you’re an idiot this child had more right to be on the road than the drunk did I hope the drunk reads these comments and maybe he will never drinks again

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    • PM says:

      After reading your post…… I support abortion and the pursuit of a time machine. You’re a fool….

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    • Linda says:

      Inbred. I hope some OF WHAT YOU HAVE CALLED US INBREDS FIND OUT WHO YOU ARE. WE ARE REDNECKS. GET IT RIGHT. I PROMISE YOU YOU WILL NEVER CALL ONE OF UN INBRED AGAIN .UOUT ARE THE APITAMIY OF IGNORANCE. OBVIOUSLY YOUR IN THR AIR FORCE. IM 52 BEEN HERE 44 YEARS OF THEM .IM PROUD TO CALL THIS HOME. THE DRUNK DRIVER DID NOT GROW UP HERE . BUT JOHNY DID. I AM DOING ALL I CAN NOT TO USE MUCH MORE COLORFUL WORDS. SURE WISH YOU COULD NOT HIDE BEHIND THE SCREEN OF WHAT EVER YOU ARE POSTING FROM.

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    • L says:

      This is Linda. Driving to late? Really your an idiot . Both his parents lost their Jobs when JOHNSTON AMBULANCE SERVICE CLOSED. MY HUSBAND DID AS WELL. MY HUSBAND IS RETIRED AIR FORCE. IM PRIOR ARMY. JOHNY WAS COMING HOME FROM WORK BECAUSE WE ALL DONT HAVE MONEY RUNNING OUT OUR BUTTS. I WORKED FROM AGE NINE ON IN TOBACCO FIELDS BECAUSE WE WERE BE POOR. WASN’T I TOO YOUNG TO HAVE TO WORK FOR MY OWN SCHOOL CLOTHES AND SUPPLIES? YOU PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THE TRUTH BEFORE YOU POST . THERE ARE THOSE OF US WHO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.AGAIN HIS MOM IS MY BEST FRIEND. IM SO INFURIATED BY THE COMPLETE IGNORANCE OF TJE STATEMENTS BY THOSE OF YOU WHO DON’T KNOW. DO HOW ABOUT KEEPING YOUR MOUTHS SHUT AND SHOW THIS FAMILY SOME RESPECT. BECAUSE THIS LOSER DRUNK HAD NO REGARD FOR THIS YOUNG MANS FUTURE. HE ONLY THOUGHT OF HIMSELF AND HIS EGO.

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  31. Ken says:

    He’s a Chief! He’ll get away with it. It’ll be a typical military cover up as always. I’m glad to see my tax paying dollars are going to Air Force leadership drinking and driving instead of leading by example. Way to go loser or ruining a family during the holiday season! You need to be crucified.

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  32. Randy says:

    Surely he wasn’t alone that night. Either he’s an alcoholic or he was partying. Given the BAC. I’m guessing latter which would mean someone else should’ve been designated driver or other steps could’ve been taken to keep him from getting behind the wheel.

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  33. Anon says:

    Just to clarify, and keeping myself anonymous I know both the young kids who got hurt very very well and their car was not parked they were driving. This guy is trying to make false accusations to cover his own behind when a young 17 year old might never wake up. Lock him up for life.

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    • Imanon says:

      Were you there when the accident happened? Knowing the victim or driver doesn’t make you and expert.

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      • G Hyman says:

        The police investigated. Johny was an innocent victim of an irresponsible adult drunk driver. Your “were you there comment” was pure idiotic at its best. Now he should be charged with vehicular manslaughter and loose his rank. As a daughter of an AF Sargent , this mans actions were selfish and an embarrassment to the AF. Throw the book at him! At least he will se his grandchildren grow. This child will never have children and his family will not have him.

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  34. B M says:

    Top it all off, he is a Chief of Security Forces, tasked with securing and preventing these types accidents. Way to set the standard.

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  35. Jean custer says:

    Although everyone makes a mistake, this is one that have cost many so much. I know Johny’s grandma and the faith she has always put in Christ. This family has great faith, a kind and loving heart. They are hurting right now because one of their own is hurting. They have endured pain and sorrow in the past and came out of it
    Better Christians and better people. Please understand they are hurting. This accident should never have happened but it did. So please everyone hug your family and pray for this one. Prayer can change things. It cuts through all the darkness. God is good and He will hear your prayers

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  36. Ronnie Fortner says:

    Henry Watson you are 100% accurate, if this idiot had not have chosen to drive twice the alcohol content of legally impaired, not to mention twice the speed limit, it could have been prevented, So with all due respect, until you pull your head out your a$$, please keep your ignorant comments to yourself. thank you. By the way I too am a veteran, but not an idiot

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    • Linda says:

      Thank you Ronnie .To my understanding after the accident all he could say he was getting ready to retire after 30 years. I don’t care if he spent 100 he didn’t make a mistake .He made a choice to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and drive. I cannot address him by his rank because he no longer deserves the respect. I bet if it were your child. Not you Ronnie. You would have a different attitude about the whole thing. I will not be disrespectful to the family because I know a lot more than is published. I PROMISE YOU THAT THIS SCUMB WILL HAVE bars of steel for his retirement and the family he’s hurt will be receiving his retirement.

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  37. Mark says:

    Given his position in the Air Force (his job) he should have known better. Even with his rank alone and the responsibilities that he has should have been enough for him. It is without a doubt he will be asked to resign and it is quite the waste if he does not have his 20 years in to get his pension.. I feel terrible for the family of this young child. Having lost a 15 year old daughter I know the pain of seeing your child in the hospital. Shame on him!!!

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  38. Gray says:

    Typical response from an alcoholic. Blames others and fails to accept responsibility. With a bac that high he has an increased tolerance for alcohol. Very sad I just hope the young man will be ok.

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  39. don says:

    this is a sorry excuse for any enlisted member. as a retired veteran, i am embarrassed that trash like this has chief stripes on his uniform. he just lost all respect from all subordinates, superiors, and his peers. he should take those stripes off and just get out of the air force now. and why are people like this even wearing chief stripes? is this what we are promoting now? its embarrassing. he owes the victim an apology, the parents, and every service member an apology. i hope others under his command learn something from his stupidity.

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    • Ron says:

      A sorry excuse for an enlisted member? Get off your “retired high horse” and show some respect. This chief does not deserve any leniency and should be prosecuted accordingly but YOU shouldn’t speak on him as if you knew him, or his situation. ALCOHOLISM is a health issue, and unfortunately promoted in the military. To call this man a “sorry excuse” and “trash” is hateful and I DONT PROMOTE HATE. Luckily I get out of the AF in 44 days. I won’t stay in as long as you and become hateful.

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  40. Brad says:

    I’m seeing some comments here and it seems people don’t know how to use proper spelling and punctuation. Really sad. But hey the chief “almost had it” with his retirement.

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    • Darren says:

      Don’t worry, he’ll retire with full benefits. Like so many before him that never went to mandatory PT and suffered zero consequences. He’ll keep his stripe as well.

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  41. Henry Watson says:

    I’m glad no one in your family ever made a mistake. And I didn’t see where he blamed the other person. I see a statement explaining how the accident occurred. Nowhere does it say, “it’s their fault, they were just sitting in the middle of the road, arrest them.” Obviously a chief Master Sergeant must have done a lot of things perfectly to get to that position. It doesn’t excuse what he did that night, but a little context can go a long way. Shootings are intentional, this was a preventable accident. I feel sorry for both families. At this time of year we should all remember that none of us are without sin.

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    • Jeff says:

      You are correct, this was a preventable “incident.” It would have been prevented should the Chief had not made a decision to drink and drive or drive twice the posted speed limit. I feel no sympathy for him. My thoughts are with the victim that is in Greenville in critical condition right now. Impaired drivers hurt or kill too many innocent people. I hope that young man that was a victim of the Chief’s irresponsible decision to operate a motor vehicle makes a full recovery.

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    • Mark G says:

      Mr. Watson, “Soler told police that the vehicle he hit was parked in the roadway with no lights on at the time of the crash.” That sounds to me like he is attempting to shift blame to the other person.

      This _______ was my “shirt” at my retirement unit/base. He backstabbed a lot of Airmen, myself included. He deserves no one’s sympathy here. He felt slimy/slick from the first moment I met him and he never proved me wrong.

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  42. Layla Jayde says:

    My cousin never deserved this. This man should be in jail. Going 75 in a 35. This boy is only 17 years old this boy has been my day 1 has always been there for me when I needed him. This man should be charged with way more.

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  43. Kitten Peters says:

    Seems like a service man would have more restraint from drinking and driving. While he can;t see and blame it on that poor boy? My God he should be sitting with my daughter while she has to peek in a room to see her son so he has no stimulation. 75 mph up here in washington that is not only ust Drunk Driving it wreckelss endagerment, then negligence up to vehiclar homicide.
    He should be hanging his head in shame and seeing what he could do for this poor child and his family. Shame is not a good enough wrod but I want my prayers answered so i will leave it there!

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  44. Mizzy says:

    Wow,am drunk,speeding and I hit another person and still I want you to believe it was the other persons fault.lol I have no respect for you,and whybrid are you not charged with two counts of assault with a motor vehicle.

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  45. Frankye watson says:

    Is he crazy. He should go sit in the hospital with my children. He should go listen to what Johnys mom and dad have to hear. See what they see. There is no excuse for this to happen. Going 75 in a 35. Blood levels 16. He couldn’t see a thing. So some stupid lie. I wish he would rot in jail.

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    • I am so sorry for what your family is going through, My niece was in a horrific accident with head injuries with a log truck when she was 16 and was air lifted to Pitt. Those feelings come rushing back when I hear the pain in your words. The doctors and nurses at Pitt were amazing and though she still has effects from the accident she has come such a long way. You are definitely in my prayers.

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    • Linda says:

      To my understanding. I know this family very well and have been to Vidant .The passenger was not asleep it was his girlfriend. They had just gotten off work and stop by her house. She got a broken wrist and is suffering from extreme trauma became of the accident plus the injuries to Johny. This seinor Master Sargent should be extremely regrateful,remorseful and be a man who should have INTEGRITY TO ADMIT THAT HE WAS DRUNK AND DONE THE WRONG THING. My husband is retired the same rank and he would NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE. THIS MR. HECTOR SOLAR NO LONGER DESESERVS THE TITLE OF SEINOR MASTER SARGENT. WHAT KIND OF LEADERSHIP WOULD HE POSSES -NONE. THIS PERSON DON’T POSSE THE MINIMUM STANDARDS THAT ARE REQUIRED BY OUR ARMED FORCES. MAY YOU HECTOR NEVER AGAIN WEAR A UNIFORM AND ROT BEHIND PRISON WALLS AT LEAVENWORTH.

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    • Karly Denning says:

      I hope yoir family has a good cheistmas with all of this going on

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    • My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Frankye! My family and church family are praying and believing God for a miracle for Johny!

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    • I am sorry for you and your family!! I hope your son pulls through! I know he will have many days of recovery and therapy after this ordeal. This CMSgt just threw away MANY, MANY years of trust and is not representative of the rest of the USAF and Chiefs. This Chief will be punish at many levels, where, I do not know. At the USAF command level? Local PD? I just do not know nor can I spectulate.
      My family and I will pray for a healthy recovery for your son and family!!!

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      • Linda says:

        He will be punished by both. Local first then Military. Like I said my husband is retired now. I spent 6 years in the Army many years ago. So I know that he will be prosecuted by both. May they show no mercy on him at all he showed none by his actions. I already said he made a choice. No a mistake!!!!!

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        • bob says:

          He’ll just be forced to retire.

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          • O says:

            You are wrong Linda…He will not be prosecuted by both…that would be double jeopardy!! The military would need to get jurisdiction…funny how people think they know the outcome and have no idea on how the process works ..I am also a 21 year air force veteran and was in law enforcement the whole time. How about we all just offer our condolences and move on!

    • Maria Moskovakis says:

      Frankye I’m very sorry and I’m praying for all of your family.

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