A brigade commander in the famed 82nd Airborne Div. was arrested Sunday for driving nearly 30 mph over the posted speed limit on on Fort Bragg, but in a surprising twist, was not listed on the installation’s police report. That didn’t stop him from owning up to his error.
Col. Toby Magsig, commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, known as the “Devil Brigade,” was traveling on Manchester Road on Sunday when military police clocked him at over 80 mph on the 55-mph posted road. Magsig was arrested, processed, and released in the care of Col. Mike Fenzel, the division’s deputy commander for support.
Normally, after an arrest of this kind, the offender’s name, rank, and unit is published in a widely distributed daily report known as the police blotter. In this case, however, Magsig’s name was redacted from the blotter under a protective identity designation.
While Magsig has made no comments to the public, in a message to the leaders in his brigade sent the same day of the incident, he accepted full responsibility for his actions.
“I went out this morning to get Jen and the rest of the family some crepes for Mother’s Day, but I was travelling a little too fast down Manchester! I will work with the PMO to get enrolled in DIT and complete whatever other requirements are out there. I have cc’d the rest of the command teams to let them know. Speeding is never OK. In fact, it kills, as evidenced by two deaths this weekend. I apologize for the negative attention that I brought to Havoc Company and to 1BCT.”
Division spokesman Lt. Col. Joe Buccino said he was not aware of the reason Meagsig’s name was withheld from public release, but he was quick to say this did not indicate any special treatment.
“Colonel Magsig’s infraction will be adjudicated just like any other Paratrooper assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. He will be treated no differently than any Paratrooper of any rank,” he said in an e-mail response to questions.