A wing commander lost his job because he not only played favorites but hid unfavorable information from his bosses about a female lieutenant colonel, and recommended her for promotion, according to an Air Force investigation.
Appellant was tried by special court-martial, military judge alone. Pursuant to his pleas of guilty, entered in accordance with a pretrial agreement, Appellant was convicted of two specifications of attempted larceny, in violation of Article 80, Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ); one specification of conspiracy to commit larceny, in violation of Article 81, UCMJ; two specifications of failing to go to an appointed place of duty, in violation of Article 86, UCMJ; and one specification of making a false official statement, in violation of Article 107, UCMJ. The Military Judge sentenced Appellant to confinement for fifty-nine days, reduction to E-1, and a bad-conduct discharge. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, the Convening Authority approved the sentence, but suspended the punitive discharge and confinement in excess of fifty days for six months.
Appellant was tried by general court-martial, military judge alone. Pursuant to his pleas of guilty, entered in accordance with a pretrial agreement, Appellant was convicted of one specification of committing an indecent act upon a female less than 16 years of age, in violation of Article 134, Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). The military judge sentenced Appellant to confinement for forty-five months, reduction to E-1, and a dishonorable discharge. The Convening Authority approved the sentence as adjudged, and suspended confinement in excess of eighteen months, pursuant to the pretrial agreement.
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I wonder if the issue of recording the Article 32, UCMJ, hearing testimony will come up.
Merced Sun Star reports that:
To launch his career as a pass rusher, Air Force graduate Ben Garland may have to ground his pursuit of becoming a pilot.
This is here because of the Fraud, Waste & Abuse inherent in this. My tax dollars go to fund the Academy’s as a farm team for military officers not to be a farm team for major league sports. Will he or his “team” get a recoupment bill from DFAS?
Seattle Times reports that:
A soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord was charged Friday with murdering three Afghan civilians.
Specialist Jeremy Morlock, 22, was the first soldier to be returned to the U.S. and charged as part of a broader investigation that some fear could strike a blow to the U.S. military’s credibility in southern Afghanistan.
The Seattle Times has learned that a second soldier is being detained in Kuwait as part of the investigation and that up to five soldiers could end up facing murder charges. The U.S. military last month said the case involves “allegations of illegal drug use, assault and conspiracy.”
The Des Moines Register reports that:
An Iowa Army National Guard colonel in charge of more than 3,100 soldiers scheduled for combat duty in Afghanistan has been abruptly relieved of his command for violating military regulations.
Col. Tom Staton, 45, a full-time military officer, has been fired as commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division. The brigade will be mobilized this summer in preparation for the Afghanistan deployment later this year.
In addition, the Iowa National Guard has replaced Command Sgt. Maj. Craig Berte, 41, of Cedar Falls, who had been the brigade’s top enlisted soldier.
Col. Gregory Hapgood Jr., the Iowa National Guard’s public affairs officer, on Thursday confirmed the departure of Staton and Berte from the 2nd Brigade’s leadership team. But he declined to provide specifics about what Army regulations were violated, saying it was a personnel matter.
Iraq war veteran Eric Jasinski, after seeking treatment for his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is being punished by the Army.
Jasinski turned himself in to the Army late last year, after having gone absent without leave (AWOL) in order to seek help for his PTSD. Help, he told Truthout, he was not receiving from the Army, even after requesting assistance on multiple occasions.
He was court-martialed and jailed for 25 days for having gone AWOL, during which time he was escorted in shackles to therapy sessions for his PTSD. After being released from prison, he was informed that he would be given an other-than-honorable discharge, which means he is likely ineligible for full PTSD treatment from the Veterans’ Administration (VA) after he leaves the service.