Air Force Officials Report 22-Year-Old Moody AFB Man Died From Self Inflicted Gunshot

Moody Releases Details on Death of Airman

WALB, Oct. 29, 2012

ALBANY, GA (WALB) — Moody AFB Airman Jordan C. Bordelon died Saturday in Lowndes County, an apparent suicide. Bordelon was 22.

Officials at Moody released this statement on the tragic incident Monday morning–

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – A senior airman assigned to the 823d Base Defense Squadron, part of the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing, at Moody Air Force Base was pronounced dead early Saturday morning, Oct. 27, 2012.

“The 93d Air Ground Operations Wing and Moody family are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own,” said Col. Samuel Milam, 93d Air Ground Operations Wing commander, of Senior Airman Jordan C. Bordelon’s apparent death from suicide on Oct. 27, 2012. Pictured above in Afghanistan in 2009, then Lt. Col. Sam “Spam” Milam (right), with Col. Raymond “Donk” Strasburger, 455th Expeditionary Operations Group commander (A-10 Wartogs), mark a historic unit milestone for 10,000 flight hours. (DoD)

Senior Airman Jordan C. Bordelon was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Valdosta, Ga. apartment complex, and was immediately transported by emergency responders to South Georgia Medical Center for treatment.

Airman Bordelon was pronounced dead while being transported by ambulance to Tallahassee for further medical treatment, and was then returned to Valdosta.

Airman Bordelon, 22, was a security forces journeyman with the 823 BDS.

“The 93d Air Ground Operations Wing and Moody family are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own,” said Col. Samuel Milam, 93d Air Ground Operations Wing commander. “Our most heartfelt sympathies are with Airman Bordelon’s family and loved ones during this very difficult time.”

WALB will have more information later …

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UPDATE: TMSR Seeks Information on Possible Self Immolation by Senior Army Officer at Fort Lewis

The Military Suicide Report (TMSR) Is requesting information on a report of a possible self-immolation death of a senior Army officer at the U.S. Army base located at Joint Base Lewis McChord. TMSR cautions readers the possible incident is not verified by official sources at this time. Anyone with information may submit it here.

Note: TMSR has received unverified information that the soldier who self immolated at Fort Lewis was a lieutenant colonel. A lieutenant colonel died Oct. 11, 2012 and was possibly treated for fatal burns at Harborview Burn Center in Seattle, Wash. An update to this post will be provide as more details become available.

BLUE STAR FAMILIES SURVEY: 62 Percent of Military Wives Say Husband With PTSD is Afraid to Seek Help

CONFESSIONS OF A MILITARY SPOUSE: At Times ‘Incapacitated With Sadness’

by Molly Blake
AOL Jobs, Oct. 24, 2012

Molly Blake is a freelance writer and Marine Corps spouse. She writes about issues affecting military families. You can see her work at

In April 2011, a young Army wife posted a chilling comment on her blog that began, “If you are reading this, you should know that I’m dead.”

The 27-year-old woman continued, “at least I hope I’m dead … it would be awful to fail at your own suicide.”

Army Capt. Michael Ryan McCaddon and Leslie McCaddon before Michael took his own life March 21, 2012 while serving as an OB/GYN doctor at the Army’s Tripler Medical Center in Oahu, Hawaii. Earlier in Michael’s career he had seen extreme violence as a first responder to the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing and later when he deployed for EOD duty in the killing fields of Bosnia-Herzegovina War. He was afraid to ask for help for fear of his career. (McCaddon family)

The woman reportedly received treatment and didn’t kill herself, and her blog post helped put the spotlight on a serious issue: the mental health issues of military spouses.

While there has been much written about the suicide rate among soldiers (in July 2012, 38 soldiers committed suicide — more than died in Afghanistan that month), the suffering of military spouses has received relatively short shrift.

That’s changing.

Blue Star Families, a nonprofit where I work, found in its recent annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey that a full 10 percent of military spouses admitted that they considered suicide. The spouse-suicide phenomenon is both underreported (10 percent of respondents also said they preferred not to answer the question) and unexplored.

“There is obviously a problem there that our community should rally to find solutions to,” says research director Dr. Vivian Greentree, who is also a military spouse.

As a military spouse, I’m not surprised by what Blue Star Families found. The typical military spouse is young, between the ages of 19 and 22, and since 9/11, 26 percent have endured deployments totaling 13 to 24 months. That’s not including a spouse’s training, field time away from home and other assignments. Sixteen percent have chalked up to three years of deployments.


• Talking about wanting to die.
• Looking for a way to kill oneself.
• Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose.
• Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
• Talking about being a burden to others.
• Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
• Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly.
• Sleeping too little or too much.
• Withdrawing or feeling isolated.
• Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
• Displaying extreme mood swings.

The unemployment rate among military spouses is a staggering 28 percent and a whopping 62 percent say that their service member has exhibited signs of post-traumatic stress but chose not to seek treatment.

And since just 1 percent of our nation shoulders the burden of war, it should come as no surprise that stress levels have pushed many to the brink.

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