TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE
AN OPEN LETTER FROM THE EDITORS OF
TOP BRASS TRY TO PUT LIPSTICK ON A PIG
SELF-SERVING PUBLIC-RELATIONS PROPAGANDA
"CRACKDOWN ON AIR FORCE GENERALS
UNPRECEDENTED" TELLS ONLY PART OF TRUTH
NO MENTION WHY GEN. GARY NORTH GETS FREE
PASS AS CHIEF ARCHITECT OF MAJ JILL METZGER
COVER-UP AND PAY-OFF - PUFF PIECE QUOTES
RETIRED GEN. CHARLES DUNLAP AS SAYING "IT
CERTAINLY SEEMS AIR FORCE APPLYING TOUGHER
STANDARD THAN ANYONE ELSE AT DOD"
The ever-eager to please AIR FORCE TIMES this week is serving as a conduit for some of the most self-serving and disingenuous propaganda to come out of the Pentagon in a long-time.
Under the incredible headline: CRACKDOWN ON AIR FORCE GENERALS UNPRECEDENTED, the press release rewrite piously puffs up the tattered reputation of troubled Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and his boss, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley.
"Thirteen Air Force general officers - from four-star commanders to brigadiers in staff assignments - have been handed letters of admonishment since Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley took over in the summer of 2008. . ." the story reads.
DUNLAP PLAYS THE ROLE OF "CHEERLEADER"
Recently retired insider Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap ecstatically exulted: "This is unprecedented . . . it certainly seems the Air Force is applying a tougher standard than anyone else in the Department of Defense."
The key word to watch for in this deceptive sentence is SEEMS. In "lawyer-speak," that gives the writer some wiggle-room. And the rest of the sentence, alleging the Air Force has "tougher" standards than the other military branches, may have a grain of truth in it, but only a grain, since the "standards" in the Army, Navy, and occasionally, even in the Marine Corps leave much to be desired.
When dealing with a flimflam man, or a slick Air Force public affairs officer, it is important to remember not to necessarily listen to what they "say" but watch what they "do." Schwartz has let Gen. Gary North - the proverbial 800 lb. gorilla in the living room - act with impunity despite him being a chief architect of the disgraceful Maj. Jill Metzger cover-up and pay-off.
GEN. GARY NORTH THE REAL POWER BEHIND THE SCENES
Those who have read our almost stand-alone coverage of this outrage - anyone other than Jill would have faced court-martial and not received a " 100% disability" pay-off for three years (while, at the same time, arrogantly running in grueling Air Force and Marine Corps Marathons) before incredibly being allowed to come back on active duty - knows North has genuflected from day one in Metzger's direction. Why?
We know he was at Manas AFB in Kyrgyzstan back in 2006 when Metzger's improbable tale of derring-do first started to stink of deception. The "bloat-faced bully" as he is known throughout the Air Force for his brutal and crude ways, was passing out his general's coin to disgusted Air Police guards, warning them they "didn't see a thing" and "don't talk to the media" when the pampered and protected one returned to base from her little three-day "great adventure."
There are many questions that have gone unanswered about Metzger's self-described heroics. Must be nice to have a "husband" in the hated OSI to investigate whether you are a phony or not. So what if the Air Force couldn't justify awarding you a medal - any medal? Arranging for that cushy "100% disability" pension, and then incredibly bringing you back on active duty as if nothing had ever happened, smacks of extreme hubris. And fraud.
CAN YOU SAY: "LT. COLONEL JILL METZGER" WITHOUT BARFING?
Now, the cocky Metzger, enjoying a soft, non-command job at Andrews, eagerly awaits her impending promotion to lieutenant colonel. Sure is nice to have a retired Air Force colonel "daddy," a much younger, lower-ranking OSI agent hubby, and best of all, a much-feared four-star general in your corner.
It also helps to have been a two-time winner of the Air Force Marathon. Did we mention she is a female in the age of "political correctness?"
See what we mean about Dunlap's using the word SEEMS? He and Schwartz know full well that Metzger was given a different standard of "justice" than anyone else in the lower enlisted and officer ranks could have ever hoped to obtain. But Schwartz doesn't care. For some reason, it is more important to accommodate Gen. North's wishes regarding Jill than avoiding damage to morale by such an obvious double standard.
"Perhaps someday we'll find out what she has on him." wrote an Air Force captain. Until then, when AIR FORCE TIMES - which shamefully has refused to report the real Metzger story - (MilitaryCorruption.com doesn't have to suck up to the Pentagon, and won't) publishes hogwash about the brass "applying a tougher standard than anyone else" on high-ranking officer corruption, the truth will be obscured and the great men and women of the United States Air Force will continue to be disrespected.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Never give up! Someday the truth will be known. In the meantime, do all you can, dear reader, to get this story out. Download and photocopy it. Leave copies in areas of high traffic - latrines, day-rooms, barracks, flight lines. Use the little green tab in the lower left-hand corner of this story to e-mail it to the media and your member of Congress. Spread this story far and wide. Remember that verse in the Bible: "AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE." Happy New Year and God bless you all.]