HOW STUPID CAN THE AIR FORCE BE? - FIRE
WING COMMANDER, SENIOR PILOT, AFA GRAD,
BECAUSE HE FAILS PT-TEST - COL TIMOTHY BUSH
OUT AS COMMANDER AT GRAND FORKS AFB
BECAUSE DIDN'T MAKE WAISTLINE MEASUREMENT
SIX FOOT ONE INCH, 225-POUND OFFICER
SEES CAREER COME TO AN END OVER SUCH
BULLSHIT WHEN MAJ JILL METZGER-MAYO GETS
"VALOR" AWARD - OPERATES WITH IMPUNITY
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You have to wonder how bad things have gotten in the Air Force when one officer, highly suspected of lying about her alleged "abduction" in Kyrgyzstan, running in marathons while rated 100% "disabled," and given a "valor" award by a three-star general, can operate with impunity while a good man like Col. Tim Bush sees his career end over some inconsequential bullshit.
That's right. We used an offensive word. Even in the headlines. Well, we'll use some more, and say we don't give a damn if you like it or not. In fact. those who bitch about it to us can go straight to hell. How's that?
Yes, we're sore about this latest example of Air Force stupidity, because by dumping Col. Bush as commander at Grand Forks AFB, we lose an Air Force Academy graduate, senior pilot with more than 2100 hours in the air, and a highly-respected officer and leader whose experience and 25 years of military service will now be wasted.
Tim Bush is a big guy. He always was. Standing six feet one and weighing 225 pounds, you wouldn't want to get into a fist fight with him. At 47 years of age, the colonel had at least five more good years left in uniform. Being an AFA grad (Class of '88), he might have made flag rank before retirement. That's over now. Getting fired as a wing commander is the end of the road. Bush has already decided to put in his papers and go.
So what brought such a humiliating end to a distinguished Air Force career? It seems Col. Bush passed every element of his PT test except the "waist measurement" requirement.
NO EQUAL STANDARD OF JUSTICE IN AIR FORCE
Do you folks remember the pampered and protected Maj. Jill Metzger-Mayo, whose tales of "derring do" (see related stories box below) rivaled "the dog ate my homework" for believability. The former Air Force poster girl and "close friend" of a certain four-star general even got away with running in marathons, while at the same time drawing big bucks for being 100% "disabled."
Could it be that Col. Bush ticked off someone high up the food chain? Why would a commander with his background and years of experience suddenly be canned?
It seems in today's Air Force equal standards don't apply. If you're connected or have a "hook" somewhere, you've got it made, no matter what you do. For Bush, he loses out because of an extra inch on his waistline. Incredible!
Chuck Hagel, the not-too-bright former senator from Nebraska - who got paid off with the SecDef job for sticking it to his former Republican colleagues and endorsing BAM in 2012 - is more interested in overturning the convening authority's decision in the Lt. Col. Wilkinson case than justice for this colonel.
Count on it. He won't lift a finger to save Tim Bush's career.