Technical Sgt. Steven D. Bellino

More details emerge on the recent Lackland Shooting.

The Air Force hasn’t said much about Technical Sgt. Steven D. Bellino, the Lackland gunman who killed his commander last month, but those who knew him say he was a cool-headed, intelligent and devoted military professional with a heroic service record as a Green Beret in Afghanistan.

Awaiting court-martial at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, he launched a little-noticed website, “Battlefield Airmen Beware — Know the full story before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force.” Six months later, on April 8, with a plea bargain pointing him toward a bitter exit from the military, he gunned down Lt. Col. William “Bill” Schroeder, then killed himself.

“If you put the law down, I’m going to hold to the law and I’m going to expect you to hold to the law, too.’” Beardsley, 44, of Columbus, Ohio, recalled TSgt Bellino saying. “That’s really it. Integrity.”



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