A Camp Lejeune Navy Commander was one of the five victims killed by an Army Sergeant in the recent Camp Liberty shooting spree. Prior to his deployment in Iraq, Commander Charles “Keith” Springle was Camp Lujuene’s director of its community counseling center.
It is known now that Sergeant John Russell has been charged in the deaths of the five service members following this shooting at a stress clinic in Baghdad.
Commander Springle, known to all as “Keith”, went to High School at East Carteret High School before studying to become a psychologist. He lived in Jacksonville, North Carolina (NC) with his wife. Commander Springle also has a son that is a Marine and as son-in-law who is also in the military, both having been deployed in Iraq.
It is apparent the Commander Springle will be very much missed by many of his friends and family members. Spingle’s death has come as a shock to the community in which he lived. Spingle was a volunteer that trained health professionals on how to help returning service members and their families.
Camp Lejeune has reported that Commander Springle was assigned to the 55th Medical Company at Camp Liberty, joining the Navy in 1988 and was trained as a licensed clinical social worker.
Evidently, Commander Springle was well aware of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that has so plagued not only Iraqi war veterans, but soldiers through out our modern era. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to one or more traumatic events that threatened or caused great physical harm. PTSD affects over 7.8 million people. In many cases it can occur in soldiers that have faced traumatic combative experiences.
In some cases it can also be from profound psychological and emotional trauma, apart from any actual physical harm. Often, however, incidents involving both things are found to be the cause.
Diagnostic symptoms include re-experience such as flashbacks and nightmares, avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma, increased arousal such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, anger and hyper-vigilance. By definition, the symptoms last more than six months and cause significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
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