Fort Bliss soldier under investigation for suspected ties to neo-Nazi terrorist group
By MARC RAMIREZ | The Dallas Morning News | Published: May 8, 2019
DALLAS (Tribune News Service) — A Fort Bliss soldier is being investigated by U.S. Army officials over suspected ties to a neo-Nazi terrorist organization.
Pfc. Corwyn Storm Carver, 22, is thought to be a member of Atomwaffen Division, a white supremacist group, HuffPost reported.
Lt. Col. Crystal Boring, a spokeswoman for the 1st Armored Division, confirmed Carver's active-duty status at the West Texas Army post but said military policy prevented her from releasing further details while an investigation is being conducted.
Carver is a combat medic assigned to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, Army Times reported.
"The Army does not tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks," Boring said in a statement. "When an individual enters into the Army, they are held to the high moral and ethical standards articulated as the Army Values. We uphold those same standards."
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, Atomwaffen Division is "a terroristic national socialist organization" that "fetishizes violence as the only vehicle for apocalyptic, racial cleansing and the imposition of order."
The group was founded in 2015 and is active in Texas, according to the SPLC. Its members have been linked to violent crimes, including murders in California and Virginia.
The Huffington Post report said a social-media account connected to Carver featured a photo of him in a mirror wearing Army clothing while flashing a Nazi salute, his face blocked by a skull-and-bones drawing often used online by Atomwaffen members.
Carver hung up after a HuffPost reporter called and identified himself, the news site said.
An investigation by ProPublica and Frontline found that Atomwaffen Division recruited U.S. military personnel, who the FBI says are prized by white supremacist groups for their discipline and knowledge of firearms, explosives and tactical skills.
A Military Times poll in 2017 found that nearly a quarter of U.S. military troops had encountered white supremacists within their ranks.