BITES DOG AND PIGS FLY IN THE SKY"
This isn't much consolation to all the men who have been court-martialed over the years and sent to Leavenworth for a consensual dalliance with a female in the military. But a rare case out of Italy, brought to our attention by our friends at Aviano AFB, reveals that not all the women guilty in such cases get immunity or a free pass.
Just the ones promoted and pampered by sleazeball former Chief JAG of the Air Force, ex-Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Fiscus. In that case, Fiscus got only a "slap on the wrist" and no jail time, while all his gal pals got immunity. One obnoxious major in Europe, who bullied and threatened a base commander, bragging about her "boyfriend," got to keep her undeserved promotion. She should have been kicked out of the Air Force without a pension.
1LT Chelsea Baca-Hodroff, assigned to the 31st Mission Support Group, got slammed with a sentence of 30 days behind bars at the conclusion of her recent court-martial. The hot-blooded young officer, who had been in trouble in the past for "fraternization" with enlisted men, will be leaving the military in a matter of weeks.
A BIG "DOUBLE-STANDARD"
So few women are ever punished for sex crimes in the Air Force, observers at Aviano were shaking their heads trying to remember the last time, if at all, such a thing had happened. But Baca-Hodroff made it impossible, even for the politically-correct brass, to look the other way. The enlisted man she was having the affair with is the husband of a female in the lieutenant's unit!
If you think this created a major "morale" problem there, you are correct.
Her former "boyfriend," Staff Sgt. Donald Blair, who works at the base fire station, got lucky when he was granted immunity. What his wife is going to do about him now is up to her, but we think she may have some serious decisions to make whether she wants to stay married to someone like him.
Actually, Baca-Hodroff got off easy. The 30 days won't be hard, and leaving the military is probably a good deal for all concerned. Her defense counsel got the soft-hearted judge, Col. Gordon Hammock, to agree to suppression of dozens of steamy e-mail messages which would not have helped the lieutenant's case one bit.
In fact, MilitaryCorruption.com has learned that Baca-Hodroff received an Article 15 for "fraternization" with other enlisted members in April 2005. Shortly thereafter, she was transferred to Ramstein AFB Germany and then on to Aviano.
The soon-to-be civilian is going back to Germany pronto. But not
on vacation. She's to serve her 30-day stretch at the military's
Mannheim correctional facility. We have readers and friends at
all U.S. installations in Germany, as well as Americans retired and
living in-country, so if the sexy convicted 1LT gets into any more trouble,
we'll know about it immediately, and pass on the news to you.