A TALE OF TWO COLONELS - BOTH AIR FORCE
© 2016 MilitaryCorruption.com
By DAVID SMALLWOOD
The Air Force colonel with the unfortunate surname (COCK-RUM) - no pun intended - got off easily. He was sentenced at court-martial to 30 days confinement, a $5000 fine for eight months, and a career-ending letter of reprimand.
The former commander of the 51st Medical Group at Osan AFB in Korea was convicted of fraternization with his enlisted people and conduct unbecoming an officer. He's supposed to get 30 days confinement, but at his rank, we doubt that will amount to more than restriction to his military quarters.
The fine will sting, 40 grand is 40 grand, but he is in a position to absorb the cost and carry on. The letter of reprimand will, of course, end his military career, but we bet that he'll be allowed to stay an officer until he reaches the 20-year mark and retirement at half pay.
That's a lot better deal than the other bird colonel will likely receive. Col. Eugene Caughey could find himself behind bars for the rest of his life.
IS HE A "SEX FIEND?"
This 0-6 is a big shot. Former vice-commander of the 50th Space Wing, Caughey was looking forward to pinning on his first star by this time next year. Now, he'll be very lucky not to end up an inmate at the DB.
A 23 year-USAF veteran, the colonel is alleged to have brutally raped a female victim and then violated a "no-contact" order. To complicate matters for him, Caughey is said to have made photos of his reputedly prodigious penis, perhaps to impress future victims of his "unbridled lust."
Oh, yes. The blue-suiter is married, so he has an adultery rap added onto his tab. The Article 32 portion of his case has been completed and now the decision to court-martial him, or not, rests with Gen. David Buck, commander of the14th Air Force.
We think its a safe bet that this guy is going to trial. If we can get our hands on it, we'll even publish a certain PIX, as well. Stay tuned, dear reader.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: -- We heard a nice compliment Sunday from a friend out West. The word was that the three best military affairs writers in America are highly-respected Tom Roeder of the Colorado Springs GAZETTE; the legendary Sig Christenson of the San Antonio EXPRESS-NEWS, and our own retired MAJ Glenn MacDonald, the past 16 years, fearless editor-in-chief of MilitaryCorruption.com.
Full disclosure, Mac is my boss and dear friend, but he's also high on the Pentagon's enemies list. The former general's aide and command public affairs officer went to war as a teenager, and by his 20th birthday and second of three consecutive years in Vietnam, was already a SGT E-5.
Over a span of 33 years, the fighting Scot, a descendant of the late Maj. Gen. Sir Hector MacDonald, wore Army green in the National Guard and Army Reserve. During that time, he won acclaim as an ABC RADIO NEWS correspondent here and overseas; Associated Press writer, award-winning New York POST crime reporter, and finally, United Press International correspondent in Trenton, N.J., Philadelphia, and New York.]