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Army officer from Maryland killed in Afghanistan bomb attack

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 18, 2011 at 11:31 am

This article written by Martin Weil and published in The Washington Post Local tells about the death of LTC David Cabrera, an army social work officer, a professor and therapist.

COL Cabrera did not have to go downrange in harms way as with his senior officer rank, university professor/researcher/clinical position not to mention that he already had served in combat already all would have had a junior officer take his role.

COL Cabrera however loved serving troops and volunteered to serve more time in the sandbox.

I know I’ve mentioned in a few articles about the great dearth of licensed clinical social workers throughout the federal system.

I attended a workshop in 2010 given during the Force Protection Conference in Phoenix.

The workshop was for active duty social work officers (of which I’m not) but was allowed to listen in.

The fact is relatively simple; Numbers are down and EVERY social work officer WILL deploy downrange and probably more than one.

They are needed not only in garrison mental health clinics but in a wartime mission of mental health stabilization units.

Social work officers unlike nearly all of their medical service colleagues CAN Command combat and combat service support units.

This unfortunately is the reality of going to war and not likely to be shared by your local recruiter. Please enjoy the article.

William B. Hazel III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

Army officer from Maryland killed in Afghanistan bomb attack

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