COVER-UP IN KOREA - KUNSAN AIR BASE
COMMANDER FIRED - OFFICIAL VERSION IS TOP
BRASS "LOST CONFIDENCE" IN COL BRYAN
BEARDEN'S "JOB PERFORMANCE" - COULD
RELIEF BE LINKED TO RESULTS OF RECENT
OPERATIONAL READINESS EXERCISE?
WHY WON'T PENTAGON COMMENT? - BEARDEN
WAS ON FAST-TRACK TO GENERAL AT AGE 45
NOW WILL NEVER GET TO PIN ON BG "STAR"
Col. Bryan Bearden was on his way to the top. Many thought it was only a matter of time before the 45 year-old command pilot pinned on stars. Now that will never happen.
His third time in Korea - he served at Daegu in 1990 and went to Kunsan with the 80th Fighter Squadron from 1993-1994 - Bearden was six months into his tour as commander of Kunsan's 8th Fighter Wing when the axe fell.
The top brass are being very close-mouthed on exactly what happened, but some observers think the career-ending firing came after the recent operational readiness exercise, held at Kunsan, didn't pan out as well as the Pentagon had wanted.
Bearden had little to say, other than he takes "full responsibility and accountability" for the wing's performance.
That there seems to have been a screw-up was underlined by an Air Force spokesman who strangely stated "the decision was driven solely by duty performance factors."
Why use the word "solely" unless there were "other factors" as well? If so, what are they? The Air Force, so far, is keeping it under wraps.
But we have readers at Kunsan and most other U.S. military installations here and abroad. So, we'll ask them to contact us at email@example.com and if we find a cover-up is underway, you'll be the first to know.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Speaking of being the "first to know," all you blue suiters out there will be interested (and some nauseated) to read here that pampered and protected Maj. Jill Metzger - currently doing the marathon circuit all over the U.S.A. while collecting big bucks for a 100% PTSD "disability" - got not one but two Meritorious Service Medals while still a captain. That's quite a trick for an admin type. No, there's no Air Force Cross in the offing for Metzger's alleged "heroics" in Kyrgyzstan. And if a certain three-star benefactor is fired soon, there never will be.]