|SAMUEL E. TOOTLE, II,
FABIAS UITENHAM, MSG, Ft. Leavenworth, KS; MARK ANDERSEN,
Samuel E. Tootle, II, appeals pro se from the district court's orders dismissing his claims for damages against the defendants. At the time he filed this action, Tootle was a military prisoner in the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and his claims arise out of injuries he alleges that he sustained there. The district court dismissed Tootle's damage claims, relying on the Feres doctrine, see Feres v. United States, 340 U.S. 135 (1950), as applied to military prisoners in Ricks v. Nickels, 295 F.3d 1124 (10th Cir.), cert. denied, 537 U.S. 1056 (2002). We affirm.
Although he sought both damages and injunctive relief in his complaint, all of Tootle's issues on appeal concern the denial of his claims for monetary relief under the Feres doctrine. In his statement of facts, he explains that after he sought and obtained additional time to work on court documents, defendants retaliated against him by moving him to a tier that required him to climb additional flights of stairs, exacerbating his knee injury. He argues (1) that the district court erred in determining that his injuries were "incident to service" under Feres; (2) that the dismissal of his request for monetary relief denied him equal protection and violated the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution by discriminating against military prisoners; and (3) that application of the Feres doctrine to military prisoners creates a "suspect class of prisoners." Aplt. Br. at 2.
A dismissal under the Feres doctrine is properly treated as a dismissal under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(1) for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Ricks, 295 F.3d at 1127. We review such dismissals de novo. Id. Upon review, we affirm the challenged dismissal for substantially the same reasons stated by the district court in its original order of partial dismissal of September 25, 2002, and its order denying reconsideration dated September 22, 2003.
The judgments of the district court are AFFIRMED. The mandate shall issue forthwith.
Entered for the Court
Michael R. Murphy
*. This order and judgment is not binding precedent, except under the doctrines of law of the case, res judicata, and collateral estoppel. The court generally disfavors the citation of orders and judgments; nevertheless, an order and judgment may be cited under the terms and conditions of 10th Cir. R. 36.3.