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quixotic 24 March 2018 10:00

Lt-Cpl Arnaud Beltrame, Gendarmerie Nationale, RIP
 
http://www.france24.com/en/20180324-...d-hostage-dies

I believe the Colonel was a GIGN member, due to the para wings he is seen wearing in one of the photos in the article.

Regardless, taking the place of a hostage takes some serious intestinal fortitude. France needs more men like him.

Rest in peace, Colonel Beltrame.

UGA_11B 24 March 2018 10:08

RIP Sir.

Tracy 24 March 2018 10:30

Repose en paix, lieutenant-colonel Beltrame. Merci pour votre service et votre sacrifice.

maim 24 March 2018 11:45

A wee bit about Lt Col Beltrame;
Lt-Col Beltrame started his career in the Army as a reserve officer in an Artillery regiment, then passed in 1999 the selective exam to enter the Ecole Militaire Interarmes (different from Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr, but located on the same campus). After the EMIA, he chose to join the Gendarmerie and went for further training to the Ecole des Officiers de la Gendarmerie Nationale. After graduating, he was selected to enter one of the components of the GIGN (Groupe d'Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale). He became a qualified HALO/HAHO free fall paratrooper and was deployed with his unit to Iraq in 2005, where he received the Croix de la Valeur Militaire (shortened VM in French military jargon), with one citation. At the time of his death, he was the 2IC of all Gendarmerie units in the Aude département (district). BTW, Castelnaudary is also located in the Aude, not to far actually (about 50 km) from where the attack took place.

Le3 24 March 2018 19:15

Quote:

Originally Posted by maim (Post 1058713715)
A wee bit about Lt Col Beltrame;
Lt-Col Beltrame started his career in the Army as a reserve officer in an Artillery regiment, then passed in 1999 the selective exam to enter the Ecole Militaire Interarmes (different from Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr, but located on the same campus). After the EMIA, he chose to join the Gendarmerie and went for further training to the Ecole des Officiers de la Gendarmerie Nationale. After graduating, he was selected to enter one of the components of the GIGN (Groupe d'Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale). He became a qualified HALO/HAHO free fall paratrooper and was deployed with his unit to Iraq in 2005, where he received the Croix de la Valeur Militaire (shortened VM in French military jargon), with one citation. At the time of his death, he was the 2IC of all Gendarmerie units in the Aude département (district). BTW, Castelnaudary is also located in the Aude, not to far actually (about 50 km) from where the attack took place.

Both units I had the honor serving with are in close proximity.

It seems that the perp was seen at the Regiment prior to shooting people in a car nearby, before heading towards the supermarket in Trebes.

MixedLoad 25 March 2018 01:19

"Jamais la France n’oubliera son héroïsme, sa bravoure, son sacrifice."

On ne peut qu'espérer que cela restera toujours vrai.

Repose en paix, Lt Col Beltrame.

Nokangaroos 26 March 2018 03:52

That´s the way such incidents should be handled
https://www.afp.com/en/news/826/fren...th-doc-1369wl1

Le3 26 March 2018 10:29

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nokangaroos (Post 1058714039)
That´s the way such incidents should be handled
https://www.afp.com/en/news/826/fren...th-doc-1369wl1

I'm pleasantly surprised.


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