BILOXI — Tech. Sgt. Bobby Bass sat in silence for a few seconds, then glanced at his wife, who was in tears, as the jury read his sentence — six months in a military jail, the loss of one rank and his pay docked $1,000 a month for three months.
Bass avoided a dishonorable discharge Wednesday at his court-martial for abuse, assault and cruelty as an Air Force basic training instructor at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio in 2009.
The jury convicted him Tuesday on 31 of 35 counts that included abusive sexual contact for ordering two young trainees to put Icy Hot on their genitals.
The jury deliberated for 4 hours before deciding his fate in a case that is connected with the 2012 sex scandal at Lackland, where the Air Force conducts its basic training.
In that scandal, most of the cases were male instructors and female trainees. With Bass’, all the trainees were male.
The senior defense attorney for Bass, Capt. Antoinette Quinn, said she didn’t believe he should go to jail at all, but that avoiding a dishonorable discharge “could be considered a win.”
Polly Kenny, who has
handled the media coverage of the Lackland sex scandal, said there is “no winner in a situation such as this,” but said she felt the jury did its job.
Based on the charges he was convicted of, Bass faced up to 33 years in prison. The prosecution asked for at least two.
In order to get a sentence, six of the eight jurors had to concur. The jury interrupted sentencing deliberations Wednesday morning to express a concern Bass would be required to register as a sex offender.
But an official with local law enforcement who deals with sex offender registration in Mississippi told the Sun Herald that Bass would have to do so only if the court-martial specifically required him to do so as part of his sentence.
Bass’ court-martial was held at Keesler Air Force Base because that’s where he is stationed.
It is the only Lackland scandal trial that has been held somewhere other than Lackland.
Lt. Victoria Porto, a spokeswoman for Keesler, said Bass would begin his sentence at Keesler. The Air Force corrections system would determine if he is to be transferred to another military jail.
She said at the completion of his sentence, Bass is expected to return to duty at Keesler, which “may or may not initiate administrative discharge based upon his court-martial conviction.”
During the week-long trial, 14 trainees from one of Bass’ basic training groups testified that 50 to 60 trainees were ordered to strip naked and crowd into a shower stall meant for 12, “vote out” one of their own who had complained of mistreatment and mock their trainee leaders doing pushups in their underwear.
One was ordered to shave his body hair in front of other trainees. Others told of being slammed or kicked.
Bass was found guilty of all 11 counts of dereliction of duty and failure to obey a lawful order, 13 of 16 counts of cruelty and maltreatment, both counts of abusive sexual contact and all four counts of assault. He was convicted of one count of having an unprofessional relationship with a man under his supervision while deployed overseas in 2007.
For his court-martial, Bass chose to have a jury mix of officers and enlisted personnel and chose the option of having the jury decide his sentence.
After screening by the prosecution and defense, the jury was made up of two officers and six enlisted men and women.
His defense team included two members of Keesler’s Area Defense Counsel — Capt.
Rachel Van Maasdam and Capt.
As much as we wish it were not so, we’ll probably always live in a world at war, a world that requires the existence of standing national armies . At least, we can tell ourselves, the military of the United States is becoming more gender neutral and increasingly aware of women’s issues, these days . Not only did outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta finally lift the ban on women in combat this past January1 (a move that suggests co-ed draft registration will soon follow), the Pentagon is currently beginning to address the once-closeted, much-ignored issue of rape among the ranks .
We’ve got a way to go before our female soliders who’ve been present and dying on our frontlines since the Revolution achieve equality with our male soliders, but the progress is visible.
But what would American life look like after a few generations of women in our combat forces ? Would we see women SEALS la G.I . Jane, thousands of little girls dressing as commandos at Halloween, or other signs we couldn’t even predict? We may (or may not) be getting a glimpse of that strange, new world thanks to an article in Maclean’s2 profiling Russia’s first all-girls military academy.
Like the United States, Russia both under Soviet and contemporary rule has a long, proud tradition of military academies for young boys . Unlike America, however, Russia has a richer history of women in combat . Nonetheless, when the Moscow Girls Cadet Boarding School No .
9 opened in 2004, it was the first of its kind. Much like a boys’ military academy Moscow Girls provides a full education for adolescents, along with basic military training, strong fitness programs, and lessons in decorum . The institutionalized cultural differences between little boys and little girls, however, mean that, instead of putting a military polish to “manly” behaviors, the young ladies go through an odd sort of finishing school .
Cooking, sewing, and other housekeeping skills are taught, along with the singing and dancing you might find at a boys’ academy . They may learn tactics, strategy, and how to clean, load, and fire AK-47s, but these young women are being prepared for traditional domestic roles, as well as military ones. Cadets wear uniforms accented by lace hair accessories and split their days between ballet class and handguns, gas masks and teddy bears .
The hybrid result, as beautifully captured by photographer Sergey Kozmin3, is at once jarring and inspiring in that it suggests that traditional “femininity” and “masculinity” for all its merits and flaws can, perhaps, successfully be united after all. As we said, this may or may not be a vision of what will come to the United States as our armed forces (and our culture) inches closer to gender equality . Nonetheless, the photos raise questions as well as emotions .
Is it cruel to send these girls into such training, or if one removes regressive the school’s domestic training is it true equality ? The odd, opposing feelings these images stir mirror the ongoing conflict in the American mind between our ideals of femininity and girlhood versus our image of the perfect solider and the horrors of war . As women gain a more prominent place on the battlefield, these are contrasting notions we will all have to square for ourselves.
The Pentagon1 announced Monday that it will be extending a slew of new benefits to same-sex partners of US troops, including use of on-base shopping centers, child care, hospital visitation, and payments to partners of missing persons.
“It is a matter of fundamental equity that we provide similar benefits to all of those men and women in uniform who serve their country,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta2 said in a statement released Monday.
The review that led to the new benefits came on the heels of the September 2011 repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which had prohibited openly gay people from serving in the military.
However, some benefits – including health care – are prohibited under the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)3, which Congress approved in 1996 and which states that the federal government defines marriage as strictly between a man and a woman.
There are also a handful of other benefits that, while legal, would likely be unpopular within the ranks, and the Pentagon has also declined to extend them. Most notable among those benefits is housing. Senior defense officials said they would study the possibility, but make no decisions at this time.
Housing “is not off the table,” said a senior defense official, who briefed reporters at the Pentagon Monday on the condition of anonymity. The official added that he did not believe extending housing benefits to same-sex couples would “violate any of the statutes” that address DOMA.
Among troops, particularly because base housing is in limited supply, “it’s a very sensitive issue,” the same official said.
This was a key reason the Pentagon decided not to include it in the package of new benefits now available to same-sex partners. “It can be perceived as unfair – that’s a concern,” the official said.
“It’s really nice that the Pentagon reaches out to service members to get their opinions on things, but it shouldn’t be a reason to deny services,” says Greg Jacob, policy director for the Service Women’s Action Network. “Yes, base housing is scarce, but if you qualify for the housing, you should be put on the list for the housing.”
To receive the new benefits announced by the Pentagon Monday, same-sex partners will not need to be legally married by a state that permits same-sex marriage. Instead, they will be required to fill out a two-page legal form that affirms that two people “are each other’s sole domestic partner, in a committed relationship, and intend to remain so indefinitely.”
Gay rights advocacy groups hailed the decision. Although the Pentagon “did not include a number of important items that could have been granted” – including burial rights at national cemeteries and some overseas travel for spouses – one military gay rights advocacy group called the move “substantive.”
“Secretary Panetta’s decision today answers the call President Obama5 issued in his inaugural address to complete our nation’s journey toward equality, acknowledging the equal service and equal sacrifice of our gay and lesbian service members and their families,” said Allyson Robinson, an Army veteran and executive director of OutServe6-SLDN (Servicemembers Legal Defense Network7), in a statement.
Pentagon officials say they will continue to review benefits, including housing and burial in the nation’s military cemeteries.
For the newest benefits, the services are expected to provide an implementation plan to the Pentagon within the next 60 days.
The rules are expected to begin going into effect between August and October of this year.
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When you’re involved with someone, whether it be months or years, it’s important to keep things new and exciting–in and out of the bedroom. Coming up with ways to keep each other interested can be hard though, especially if you’ve fallen into routine2. If things between your sheets have become a little ho hum, it might be time to bump the passion with some sex toys. But what should you get? How do you introduce them? Will you partner feel like they are inadequate? Let’s dive in, shall we?
When trying something new in bed or in a relationship, it’s important to talk to your partner. Bring it up casually, but honestly and present the facts. If you feel like you’ve been stuck in a routine, say so. If you just want to experiment, mention that. Be sure to reassure them that the inclusion of toys does not mean they aren’t good enough and that say, wanting to use a strap on, does not mean you’re no longer attracted to them. Let your guard down and come without a defense, you should be well received.
You can also go shopping with your partner. Discuss the different toy options out there, do some research and go together. Help make them feel like part of the process from start to finish. You could check out adameve.com coupon codes3 in advance and see if there are any great deals!
It’s important to know the facts when just starting out with toys. Be careful to not share your toys between the two of you. You could be monogamous and disease free, but it’s still not a good idea because it could cause an infection in one or both of you4. Also have separate toys for anal and vaginal play or at least clean them extensively in between.
You also need to be aware of the materials that go into your toys. Are they body safe5? Toys that aren’t body safe can break down over time and put you and your most delicate parts in contact with dangerous materials. Make sure your toys say that they are phthalate-free and are medical grade silicone or metal, glass, hard plastic or elastomer. You want to stay away from toys that contain PVC, jelly, soft plastic and skin like materials.
Finally, you’ll want to couple sex toys with lube to help make insertion a lot more fluid. Look out for water-based lube, as silicone and oil based lube6 can break down toys and cause vaginal infections.
And what should you get? Well, there isn’t any one perfect toy for you. It all depends on what you’re looking for and what your partner like to do. However, I have a few suggestions to get you started.
Think about getting a tongue vibrator if the two of you like to engage in oral sex. This is a great way to really intensify your pleasure and take some of the load off the giver.
You could also get a g-spot vibrator. This will be fun to use with your partner and on your own. Sometimes it can be hard to tap into the elusive g-spot orgasm, so give your partner the time of her life with a toy that’s designed to do just that.
If you or your partner have highly sensitive nipples, consider getting nipple clamps. These come in all sorts of styles and intensity. They can be beautiful and sensual or in your face and painful. It’s all up to what you’re looking for.
A strap on is a go to toy if your partner is interested in penetration and you still want to be involved. I recommend getting a harness that allows for toys to be interchanged, this way you can swap out toys and change it up. You can also get a double sided strap on, that way you can enjoy the fun while she does.
Finally, anal play. Some people love it, some people don’t. If you happen to be one of the ones who do get a string of anal beads, a butt plug or an anal vibrator. But as always, be sure to clean your toys. Improperly cleaned anal toys can lead to massive infections.
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Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Holiday Campaign Takes Heat From Gay Rights Activists
(“Huffington Post,” November 26, 2012)
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign is once again coming under intense scrutiny from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates.
America Blog is asking LGBT shoppers and allies to give downloadable “vouchers” to Salvation Army bell ringers in lieu of cash in an effort to let the organization know that “bigotry is not a Christmas value,” according to blogger John Aravosis.
“The Salvation Army discriminates against gay people, and discriminating donors should find another charity this Christmas than evangelical bigots who advocate against our civil rights,” Aravosis writes. “And not just that –- they’ve actively lobbied against pro-gay policies in a number of countries as well.”
Of course, it isn’t the first time the Salvation Army’s conservative view of homosexuality has been brought to attention. “The Salvation Army has a history of active discrimination against gays and lesbians. While you might think you’re helping the hungry and homeless by dropping a few dollars in the bright red buckets, not everyone can share in the donations,” Bil Browning noted on The Bilerico Project last year. “The organization also has a record of actively lobbying governments worldwide for anti-gay policies — including an attempt to make consensual gay sex illegal.”
Indeed, as Browning pointed out, the group’s position statements reveal a somewhat rigid outlook on LGBT lifestyles. “Scripture forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex,” one statement reads. “The Salvation Army believes, therefore, that Christians whose sexual orientation is primarily or exclusively same-sex are called upon to embrace celibacy as a way of life. There is no scriptural support for same-sex unions as equal to, or as an alternative to, heterosexual marriage.”
Earlier this year, an Australian Salvation Army official sparked international controversy after he implied in an interview that LGBT people should be put to death, noting that it was “a part of our belief system.”
“You know, we have an alignment to the Scriptures, but that’s our belief,” Major Anthony Craibe said in the interview. You can listen to audio, courtesy of Truth Wins Out’s John Becker, below:
Salvation Army spokesman Major Bruce Harmer then quickly released a statement distancing the organization from Craibe’s “extremely regrettable” remarks, noting that members do “not believe, and would never endorse, a view that homosexual activity should result in any form of physical punishment.”
Harmer went on to note: “The Salvation Army believes in the sanctity of all human life and believes it would be inconsistent with Christian teaching to call for anyone to be put to death. We consider every person to be of infinite value, and each life a gift from God to be cherished, nurtured and preserved.”
Who could have been a more upstanding citizen than Ernest Boland? Businessman. Rotarian. Adviser to local government officials. Full colonel in the Army Reserve. And, for 25 years, the leader of three separate Boy Scout troops. “He helped a lot of boys start on the right path in life,” an admirer wrote in nominating Boland as Athens’ citizen of the century. But behind the façade of uniforms and civic engagement, Boland seemed to harbor dark secrets. Across Athens, scouts and other boys quietly unburdened their shame: Boland, they told their parents, was not the trusted mentor they perceived him as, but a child molester, one who forced them to repeatedly perform sex acts with him. These secrets finally were revealed last month through the release of long-confidential files that detailed accusations of sexual abuse by scoutmasters nationwide. Boland’s file claims he molested a dozen or more scouts and other boys between the 1950s and the 1970s. Even when some of the boys told, the file shows, prominent adults in Athens kept the matter quiet, tacitly giving Boland the chance to continue abusing boys under his authority. The way scout officials, leaders of his church and others handled the allegations against Boland reflects the ethos of an earlier era, before such iconic institutions as the Roman Catholic Church and Penn State’s football program were forced to deal with scandals involving the sexual abuse of children. Laws did not mandate reporting suspicions of abuse to authorities, as they do now, and a common approach was to deal with child molesters, especially those who enjoyed a degree of prominence in their communities, behind the scenes. “In those days, this was a no-no in terms of publicizing it,” said the Rev. James Griffith, who as Boland’s pastor in the mid-1970s heard reports of his sexual transgressions. “It was suspected, but there was not much done about it.” No one at his church, Griffith said, discussed reporting Boland to the police or even telling the scouts’ parents. The Boy Scouts of America severed ties with Boland only after the organization received the third of three complaints about him in five years. The report of an internal investigation from 1977 barely mentions harm to the children Boland was accused of molesting, but lists in detail his civic activities. “The complicated part of this matter,” a Boy Scout official wrote, “deals with the image the man portrays to the community.” Boland is 88 now, retired from his pest-control business, confined to a wheelchair, and out of scouting far longer than the quarter-century he spent as a troop leader. Through his family’s lawyer, Edward Tolley of Athens, Boland declined to comment. Boland’s case is surprisingly typical of those contained in the Boy Scouts’ so-called “perversion files,” which were released to the public last month following the settlement of a lawsuit accusing the scouts of covering up sexual abuse for generations. National scouting officials apologized for past failures and said the organization now follows model policies to prevent abuse. The documents indicate that Boland, like many other scout leaders, molested boys over a long period, despite persistent reports of his offenses. “It sounds so familiar,” said Curtis St. John, a spokesman for Male Survivor, a New York-based advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse. “You weren’t allowed to talk about it, which is what the offenders relied on.” Unlike many other scout leaders named in the files, Boland was later charged with a sex-related crime: providing sexual material to minors. A judge placed Boland on probation through what Tolley described as a “deferred first-offender sentence.” “I have no indication that this matter related to a Boy Scout troop he had in the ’70s,” Tolley said Saturday by email. The case was never publicized in Athens, and because court files detailing the case were sealed, Boland was able to get a post-retirement job at a South Carolina orphanage, where he lived with seven boys as a house parent. The Rev. Elliot Smith, president of Thornwell Home for Children, said Boland’s personnel file indicated that he cleared a criminal background check. “Everything got swept under the rug,” said an Athens woman whose son, now deceased, accused Boland of molesting him. To protect her family’s privacy, she discussed Boland only on condition of anonymity. She blames the abuse for her son’s alcoholism, a factor in his premature death. “He said the only time he didn’t think about this was when he was drinking.” She is angry that, because so much time has passed, Boland can be neither prosecuted nor sued. “I don’t want this man to get by without something being done,” she said last week. She recalled that Boland used to visit her family’s home, that he sat near her husband at weekly Rotary Club meetings. “We taught our kids to beware of strangers,” she said, “but it never occurred to us it would be someone we considered a friend.” High profile The Athens that kept the reported abuse of Boy Scouts so quiet is a place apart from the Athens of college football and fraternity houses and masses of University of Georgia students. It is a place of small businesses, prosperous churches, Rotary meetings, and neighborhoods full of kids needing adult guidance. Ernest Boland thrived in this Athens. Boland enlisted as a private in the Army in 1943, shortly after graduating from high school in Pahokee, Fla., according to an autobiography he published online. After the war, Boland made his way to Athens, lured by an offer to play football at UGA. His football career lasted just one season, but he stayed at the university, earning a degree in entomology in 1951. The same year, he married his high school sweetheart, joined the Army Reserve as a second lieutenant, and founded a business: Boland Bonded Pest Control Co., which he would operate until he retired in 1988. During the 1970s, Boland bought advertising space in Sunday editions of the Athens Banner-Herald to run his weekly column: “Insects & Your Health, by Ernest Boland.” One week, he might write about the health hazards of a termite infestation; another, he would explore the risks from cockroaches. A photograph of Boland accompanied each piece: short hair, horn-rimmed glasses, white shirt, coat and tie. He was not smiling. Boland’s profile in the community continued to rise. He joined an advisory panel to the county school board. He chaired a commission that drafted a proposed charter for merging Athens and Clarke County. And he became scoutmaster of the oldest continuously chartered Boy Scout group in Georgia: Troop 22, based at First Baptist Church of Athens. Abuse ‘hard to forget’ Under Boland’s leadership, dozens of boys from Troop 22 earned the Boy Scouts’ highest rank: Eagle. Many of Boland’s former scouts, some in their 60s and 70s, fondly recall hikes and camping trips with what is now laughably inadequate equipment. “We dug latrines … rain, sleet or snow,” a former Athens newspaper columnist once wrote about his old troop. But at the same time, internal Boy Scout documents said, Boland was molesting scouts from his troop as well as other boys he supervised. Scout officials in Athens began investigating Boland in the early 1970s after they were approached by the father of a former Troop 22 scout. From 1961 to 1963, the father said, “Boland had forced his son to perform oral sex acts with Boland acting as the male figure,” according to the scouts’ report. The father said his son revealed the abuse several years later during psychiatric treatment. The investigation also documented a case that did not directly involve the scouts. As scoutmaster, Boland apparently forged an unusual arrangement with law-enforcement officials: When boys in the community got into minor trouble with the law, he sometimes acted as an unofficial probation officer, counseling and supervising the boys to keep them out of juvenile court or jail. Whether Boland brought any of these boys into scouting is not known. One of the boys, now a 65-year-old man, was placed under Boland’s supervision after neighbors accused him of vandalism when he was 12 or 13, he recalled in an interview. He spoke on the condition that he not be identified publicly. “For spite,” the man said, he grabbed laundry off the neighbors’ clothesline and hid it nearby. A few days later, he said, two police officers came to his house with a third man: Ernest Boland. Working with Boland, the officers said, would keep the boy out of jail. “It was my first time ever getting in trouble,” the man said. “It was like probation.” Soon, he joined other boys doing chores for Boland: cutting the grass on lots he owned or preparing buildings to be repainted. Often, the man said, boys ended up alone with Boland. That, he said, is when Boland threatened them with jail time if they didn’t perform sex acts. “He would use that against us,” the man said. “He had what we did over our heads.” Boland molested him two or three times, the man said, before he told his parents. They were angry, he said, but adamant that he keep quiet. “You’d be ridiculed,” they told him. He never saw Boland again. Until recently, he didn’t know Boland was still living. Regardless, half a century later, he struggles with shame over the traumas of his adolescence. “I wish I hadn’t got in trouble,” he said. “None of that would be in my background. You do spiteful things, you get what you deserve. “I forgive him for what he did. God tells us to. But that don’t mean you’ve got to like the person. It’s kind of hard to forget.” ‘His word against another’ By the time the first complaints about Boland emerged, he had organized another troop and installed himself as its scoutmaster. After the former Troop 22 scout’s father came forward, a parents’ committee from the new organization,Troop 2, decided to ask Boland to resign. But he quit before the committee could confront him. “There was strong evidence that Boland had been involved with several scouts,” a Boy Scouts investigation found. “However, in all cases, it was his word against another individual.” Two executives at the Boy Scouts’ district office in Athens were “hopeful that the situation had been resolved,” one of them wrote later. They decided the “best course” would be to “suspend any further action,” the executive wrote. Boland was not finished with the Boy Scouts, however. From 1973 to 1975, he repeatedly proposed forming another troop in Athens, again with him as scoutmaster, scout executive Ron Hegwood wrote in 1977. “I was able to discourage this action for three years with evasions and generalities,” Hegwood wrote. But Boland finally forced the issue. Hegwood wrote that Boland directly referred to the Boy Scouts’ files on adults barred for sexual misconduct: “Is my name on the Confidential List … and can you prevent me from becoming a scoutmaster?” Hegwood could do nothing to stop Boland, he wrote. Why scout officials had not tried to formally bar Boland after the initial allegations is not clear. Some of the people involved in the matter have died, and others won’t say what happened. “I’m not going to discuss this issue with you,” Hegwood said from his home in Mississippi. Then he hung up the telephone. In the fall of 1975, Boland established Boy Scouts Troop 3. He based the troop at Beech Haven Baptist Church, where he was a longtime member. If Boland was looking for a fresh start in scouting, he instead stoked old suspicions about his behavior with children. The father of the former Troop 22 scout approached the parents’ committee of the new troop, saying he knew of as many as 10 to 12 boys Boland had molested, according to the scouts’ investigation. Parents had not reported the abuse, the father said, to protect their sons’ privacy. Hegwood notified the Boy Scouts’ national headquarters, and he met with Griffith, the Beech Haven pastor. The pastor, Hegwood later wrote, shared even more damning information: Boland had kept an apartment in Athens, purportedly for illicit sexual encounters, and he had taken two scouts to Maryland for a week during his Army Reserve training, staying with them in a motel. In a report to the scouts’ national office, Hegwood checked a box describing reports of abuse by Boland as “substantiated.” Griffith never confronted Boland. Instead, he said last week, he asked a church deacon and a lawyer from the congregation to speak to the scoutmaster. “That took care of it,” Griffith said. “These two men said, ‘We will handle this.’ They both were capable and it was under their authority. I did not get into it. It’s the kind of thing that can tear up your church. A wise pastor certainly will not do anything to hurt the entire congregation.” Both emissaries have since died. Griffith, who later became executive director of the Georgia Baptist Convention, said he never heard more claims of sexual impropriety involving Boland. “I think Ernest tried to do better when he knew he was caught,” Griffith said. “I really think he did.” On March 11, 1977, Boland resigned as Troop 3’s scoutmaster. His business was suffering from his spending so much time with the scouts, he wrote to other troop leaders. “Of course, you know a person must earn a living for his family,” Boland wrote. “There is no way to quit but to quit completely.”
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Anyone doing anything exciting over the weekend? Enjoying day light savings apart from a few loads of washing I am RELaxing ALL weekend…
Crappy weather though snowed in the blue mountains today
BILOXI, Miss. — Gary Collins, an actor, television show host and former master of ceremonies for the Miss America Pageant, has died. He was 74.
Collins, a resident of Biloxi, Miss., died of natural causes just before 1 a.m. Saturday after he was brought to Biloxi Regional Medical Center, according to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove.During the 1980s, Collins hosted the Miss America pageant and TV’s “Hour Magazine.”As an actor he appeared in numerous movies and TV shows dating back to the 1960s. He was a cast member of the series “The Wackiest Ship in the Army” in the 1960s, and the star of the series “The Sixth Sense” in the 1970s.| The Associated Press
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Fire fighters work to contain a fire engulfing four cars in the Grand Central car park.
AN army captain accused of torching his own car in Toowoomba and causing fire to damage three other vehicles parked nearby has been committed to stand trial.
Gary Anders Kristensen, 44, is accused of setting alight his own 4WD vehicle in the roof top car park of Grand Central Shopping Centre on the night of March 7.
Police claim the fire spread to three cars parked alongside the 4WD and were also extensively damaged by the blaze about 7.50pm.
Kristensen, a decorated soldier of the British and Australian defence forces, has not been required to enter any pleas to four counts of arson of a motor vehicle.
At the conclusion of a registry committal at the Toowoomba Courthouse this week Kristensen was committed to stand trial in Toowoomba District Court at a date to be set by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
He was remanded on bail pending trial.