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3 sailors assigned to the USS George H.W. Bush died by suicide last week

Three sailors assigned to the USS George H. W. Bush have died by suicide in the last week, the Navy announced today.


Chief Electronics Technician Nuclear James Shelton and Airman Ethan Stuart were found deceased in separate incidents at off-base locations on Sept. 19, Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, a spokeswoman with Norfolk Naval Station, told Task & Purpose.

The two deaths came just five days after Aviation Ordnanceman First Class Vincent Forline, another sailor assigned to the USS George H. W. Bush, died by suicide.

“Every death of a Sailor is devastating and affects our entire Navy Family,” Cragg said. “Our thoughts and condolences are with the family, friends, and shipmates of the Sailors.”

A Facebook post on Monday evening from Capt. Sean Bailey, commanding officer of the USS George H. W. Bush, confirmed that the recent deaths mark the “third, fourth, and fifth crew member suicides in the last two years.”

None of the deaths occurred aboard the aircraft carrier, which is dry-docked in Norfolk, Cragg told Task & Purpose.

“Now is the time to come together as a crew and as a family to grieve, to support each other, and to care for those in need,” reads Bailey’s message. The post goes on to note that counseling and support systems are “available on board at all times to provide support and counseling to those grieving,” and encourages sailors to “watch closely for stressors that anyone is experiencing when they face a significant life change such as: Relationship problems; Personal or professional loss; Recent career transitions; Financial difficulties; Disciplinary/legal issues.”

The recent suicides gained widespread attention on social media after they were addressed on Decelerate Your Life, a popular Facebook group geared toward current and former sailors.

According to the group’s administrator, who spoke with Task & Purpose under the condition …read more

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