Kyle Carpenter... Get the latest in military news, entertainment and gear in your inbox daily. Quote History. Scout Snipers receive specialized marksman training at the Marine Corps Scout Sniper School. You are aware that there are many people, places and things that use the abbreviation SS right? In 2012, the investigation concluded that the soldiers were acting out of ignorance and recommended no punishment. From New York to HUSAYBAH . When he covers his tattoo on the job, but ventures to the store, off duty and in short sleeves, the man in line behind him at the store is far more likely to see a Nazi than a Scout Sniper… The ignorance is a point of pride, just as the cruelty is the point of the current administration’s right wing extremism. Small said in the letter Wednesday that in his younger years he “might have done anything to keep” the ink and “would have let pride interfere with” his success. Bishara is a recipient of the 2019 Andy Warhol Foundation and Creative Capital... I call BS. These are the guys who are now the generals and admirals condoning all this shit. “Small, 31, is a former Marine scout sniper who served in Afghanistan in the early part of the last decade. After the organization and several community members did not get a response to their initial concerns about the tattoo, a protest was planned last month, but the event was flooded with supporters of local law enforcement instead. Small added that he reached the decision on his own and that he wasn’t pressured to remove the tattoo by the Walla Walla Police Department (WWPD) or the Washington city. Walla Walla police Officer Nat Small announced Wednesday he will alter his tattoo to remove the double S portion, the Scout Sniper memorial he has worn since 2010 that has been under recent community fire as a symbol of neo-Nazism. The “SS” Schutzstaffel has a history of Nazi anti-Semitism and white supremacy. “There is simply no excuse available for Officer Nat Small to continue to sport this shockingly evil Nazi SS symbology on his left forearm,” Michael Weinstein, the founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said in a statement. While it recognized that the symbol is associated with Nazi Germany, the department claimed that it was “not the intent or denotation of the tattoo on Officer Small’s arm.”. Become a member today ». In February of 2019, the Walla Walla Crime Watch, a volunteer-based local organizer, awarded Small the “2018 officer of the year” award for his “stellar performance at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy – bringing home every award given and in doing so ‘Returning to WWPD with Honor.’” Small’s supporters also herald him as a war hero; he was awarded the United States Armed Forces Bronze Star with a “V” device for his service in Afghanistan during 2010. The WWPD is expected to provide more information on the decision during a town hall on law enforcement scheduled for later today, June 9. “They saw ‘SS’ and associated it with ‘scout sniper’ rather than the Nazis.” Although it was banned in 2012, the use of symbol still persists among Marines snipers, the New York Times reported. His decision — which he stated in the letter was made without pressure from the city or his superiors — was not enough for everyone originally concerned about the symbolism of the design, however. “At the city of Walla Walla and the Walla Walla Police Department, we do not tolerate or condone racism or anti-Semitism of any kind.”, In addition, the WWPD shared a 2012 interview with Small on the military journal Stars and Stripes. On June 4, 2020, a picture of me in a short sleeve shirt began circulating on social media referencing a tattoo that, I admit without context could be construed in ways never intended. Small has been a police officer since November 2018, but was a Scout Sniper in the U.S. Marine Corps beforehand, when he was sent abroad to fight for the U.S. Small said he got the tattoo in memory of a fallen Marine and friend who he fought beside as a scout sniper. “We don’t answer to Mr. Weinsten, and that’s all I have to say,” Bieber said. In the letter Wednesday released by the city, available in full online at ubne.ws/officersmall, Small said he will alter his tattoo, which features brass knuckles over the double S and includes the name of his fallen comrade killed in 2010 in Afghanistan. “The two S’s under the rest of the tattoo is a recognition of both officer Small’s and Cpl. #BlackLivesMatter #ACAB pic.twitter.com/qySUFgAEpe. Gen. Amos did a review of the regs and had the unit specifically ban this flag and others like it. Instead, the tattoo is described as a symbol that “embodies a combination of sorrow, guilt and perspective, earned in combat.” (An editor’s note has since been added to the article, explaining the controversial nature of the tattoo.). His sniper unit in Afghanistan adopted the insignia until the military brass shut it down in 2012. You'd expect a force commonly derided as a "Chair Force" to rank pretty high on a list of U.S. service... Members of the “Fighting Blacklions” strike fighter squadron... Medal of Honor recipient Marine Cpl. If a Scout Sniper tattoo offends you and others I would suggest a gut check of your intestinal fortatude and get some thick skin once again dictating what is … The double sig runes (SS) in its “Armanen” form has been used to symbolize the function of Scout Snipers since the end of the Vietnam War, and its use is both well documented and verifiable. Jonathan Peters is on Facebook. Also, vegas PD requires registration and explanation for all tattoos. This symbol came to fruition in a cube at Scout/Sniper Instructor School Quantico, Virginia; in the spring of 2001. Instead, the tattoo is described as a symbol that “embodies a combination of sorrow, guilt and perspective, earned in combat.” (An editor’s note has since been added to the article, explaining the controversial nature of the tattoo. Update 7/9/2020 3:15pm EDT: Nat Small announced he will alter the tattoo to remove the double lighting bolt symbol. Military News Town Hall, Protest Planned over Former Marine's Scout Sniper 'SS' Tattoo A Marine enrolled in the Scout Sniper Team Leaders' … The tattoo features brass knuckles on top of two black lightning bolts that look like the symbol for the SS, or Schutzstaffel, which was a Nazi organization responsible for killing millions of Jews during the Holocaust. He said the organization and its local Walla Walla clients needed to see the new design, know when he would have the alteration made and witness action taken against those who allowed the tattoo in the first place, specifically the police chief. Aug 6, 2014 - Explore Tristin Hedrick's board "USMC snipers" on Pinterest. “We regret the fact Officer Small’s tattoo has contributed to divisions within the community, and we hope his decision to change it will help to unite — rather than untie — us,” Walla Walla Mayor Tom Scribner added. The double lightning bolt was the unofficial symbol of Marine scout snipers. In a small city in Washington, a story about a police officer who was photographed wearing a Nazi tattoo on his forearm has rattled the local community. The Walla Walla City Council declined to comment but has scheduled a series of town hall meetings to address law enforcement issues in the city in response to the controversy. View Quote View All Quotes. The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor What is the significance of each the pieces of the Marine Corps emblem? The WWPD has not responded to Hyperallergic’s repeated requests for comment. It looks like a scout sniper tattoo. But after receiving a torrent of critical comments on the post, the WWPD deactivated its Facebook and Twitter accounts. The controversy broke on June 4, when images of Small’s tattoo emerged on social media. Back in the 90’s he told me the most worthless commie asses he ever saw in uniform were the officers being promoted and fast tracked under Clinton. Hakim Bishara is a staff writer for Hyperallergic. For those reasons, I have decided to alter my tattoo to eliminate the ‘Double S’ portion.’”, The city of Walla Walla stated in its release that it appreciated Small’s “sensitivity to the concerns raised by members of the community, and welcomed his decision to change his tattoo to better uphold the trust residents place in him as an officer in the Walla Walla Police Department.”. In an initial statement on Facebook, the Walla Walla Police Department (WWPD) defended Small and provided an alternative explanation to his tattoo. © 2021 Brookline Media. They started using that tattoo in the 80’s until a few years ago. He is also a co-director at Soloway Gallery, an artist-run space in Brooklyn. Scout/Snipers are the same, some would get a tattoo with a reticle and SS in it or around it with the words “Kopfjäger”, the German word for headhunter perhaps attached to it, or something associated with skulls. You are aware that there are many people, places and things that use the abbreviation SS right? In 2010, members of a US Marines sniper team in Afghanistan posed for a photo in front of a flag featuring the SS symbol. “Neighbors have turned against each other and people are refusing to do business with those whose opinions differ. EDITOR’S NOTE: The use of the double lightning bolt logo, like the one in the tattoo depicted with this story, by Marine Scout Snipers was an … My tattoo was inked in 2010, and I was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 2011, prior to the public outcry in 2012. You're about a half century too late to the party to pull that. Officer Small, a Marine Corps veteran, said the “SS” stands for “Scout Sniper,” and the tattoo is a tribute to his fallen comrade and friend in the unit. “MRFF and our Walla Walla clients were horrified by the police chief’s blatant Christian proselytizing from the back of that vehicle during the recent public protest and where he made it clear that only one person in human history was ever ‘perfect’ who walked the face of the earth; obviously a direct reference to Jesus Christ,” he said. Small combined the symbol with a picture of brass knuckles and the name of Claudio Patino IV, according to an article in Stars and Stripes. The only font he could possibly chose is the Nazi SS model??? For those reasons, I have decided to alter my tattoo to eliminate the ‘Double S’ portion.”. Is it just an abbreviation for “scout sniper?” If so, what’s the history of that? Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service. 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I have even seen some HOG’s get branded with a hot piece of hand-made wire and heated with the SS lightning bolt brand. Cause they're idiots! The Association was started in 1998, and received its IRS ruling as a 501(c)(19) Veterans’ Organization in 2004. Read next: The US military is losing the sniper war against Russia, Emily Thornton, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin “My actions are my actions alone, and not out of fear of repercussions, but rather in an honest effort to bring healing and unity to the community that I serve, in a time of great division,” he said. He is the team's sniper, possessing genetic mutations that give him exceptional eyesight. Officer Small, a Marine Corps veteran, said the “SS” stands for “Scout Sniper,” and the tattoo is a tribute to his fallen comrade and friend in the unit. Additional details about the situation, including the city’s policy on employee tattoos and background information regarding Small’s service with the Walla Walla Police Department, also will be discussed. The tattoo on my forearm was an early and heartfelt memorial to my teammate. He added he would discuss the matter more in today’s 6:30 p.m. virtual town hall set by City Council. A US Marine scout sniper unit in Afghanistan posed for a photo in front of a flag resembling the logo of the Nazi SS, the Marine Corps says. “I regret that I have been an unwitting cause of division in the community that I seek to serve. A Marine Corps Scout Sniper (MOS 0317) is a historical and highly desired position within the U.S. Marines. The United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper Association is non-partisan, nonprofit, tax-exempt, veterans’ service organization under Section 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Code. Support Hyperallergic’s independent arts journalism. In 2012 it was denounced by the Marine Corps. As a former Marine, and an American I can tell you that the massive historical illiteracy prevalent in the US is detrimental and infectious in all aspect of American life. I have a friend who is a retired sergeant major who taught scout/sniper skills. On June 4, 2020, a picture of me in a short sleeve shirt began circulating on social media referencing a tattoo that, I admit without context could be construed in ways never intended. The Marine Corps on Thursday once again did damage control after a photograph surfaced of a sniper team in Afghanistan posing in front of … “At the city of Walla Walla and the Walla Walla Police Department, we do not tolerate or condone racism or anti-Semitism of any kind.”, The article highlights Small’s tattoo but fails to address the Nazi history of the insignia it’s based on. Scout/Snipers are the same, some would get a tattoo with a reticle and SS in it or around it with the words “ Kopfjäger ”, the German word for headhunter perhaps attached to it, or something associated with skulls. Nathan Small is the officer who sports the tattoo, a relic of his service in the US Marines. “And when I became a police officer over 35 years ago, I did not give up my First Amendment right and neither did Nat Small.”, He also said, “I’m not going to lie to anybody and say we are perfect. “At one point, the tattoo on my arm was so important to me, that in my young mind, I would have done anything to keep it,” Small said in a statement. The Champ Stamp is a community-created promotional cosmetic item for the Scout, Heavy, Engineer and Sniper. 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