AN OPEN LETTER TO COL. TIMOTHY BUSH, USAF
COLONEL IS A "CLASS ACT" - SHOWS NO BITTERNESS
OVER STUPID DECISION BY AIR FORCE TO FIRE HIM
BECAUSE WING COMMANDER AT GRAND FORKS TWO
INCHES OVER WAIST MEASUREMENT - DUMPING AFA
GRAD, SNR PILOT, AND RESPECTED LEADER MAKES
NO SENSE - MORE HERE THAN MEETS THE EYE
BY MAJ GLENN MacDONALD, USAR (RET)
© 2013 MilitaryCorruption.com
Dear Col. Bush,
You sir, are a class act.
No outward bitterness at the nonsensical decision by the Air Force to waste your 25 years of experience, beginning with the Air Force Academy, your 2100 hours in the air as a senior pilot, and your success at motivating airmen as a highly-respected commander.
It is amazing. In fact, almost incredible that your outstanding career at only age 47 hasn't led to brigadier general's stars by now, instead of this bewildering and bizarre end.
SAYS DECISION TO DUMP HIM "FAIR AND JUST"
You have been quoted in the Pentagon's favorite publication, the Air Force TIMES, as calling the boneheaded move "fair and just."
That politically-correct, "mainstream media" mouthpiece says you told them of "core values" and said " . . . we have standards, and we enforce those standards. We (the Air Force) hold people accountable."
That, sir, is where you go right off the tracks, and make us wonder what really is behind the sudden end to your career.
"CORE VALUES" JUST WORDS ON PAPER
First of all, about Air Force core values.
They have been made a mockery of ever since Gen. Mosley was fired, with good reason. Or how about former Maj. Gen. Thomas Fiscus, former chief JAG of the Air Force who got a tap-on-the-wrist after it was revealed he had sex with some two dozen subordinate female officers and enlisted women? He should have been court-martialed and locked up, but he got to keep a reduced pension instead. He didn't even have to face an Article 32 preliminary hearing. His fat-cat general buddies made sure of that. Fiscus has good reason to laugh all the way to the bank.
Have you forgotten another senior JAG, a colonel who once worked at the White House, who was discovered to have lied about being disbarred as a lawyer in two states? What about Col. Murphy's "core values?
A DIFFERENT "STANDARD" FOR METZGER-MAYO
Perhaps the most egregious recent example of "different spanks for different ranks" is the odious cover-up in the case of pampered and protected Maj. Jill Metzger-Mayo (see related stories box below). She not only escaped punishment for her alleged misdeeds, but was allowed to run in both the Air Force and Marine Corps Marathons while drawing pay for 100% "disability," a disgraceful slap-in-the-face to all genuinely disabled veterans everywhere.
She even got a specious "valor" award for her highly-improbable "heroics" in Kyrgyzstan. You know, for the so-called "abduction" and "escape" that was never proven to have happened in the first place. It seems a certain four-star general and bloat-faced bully did many back flips to keep Metzger-Mayo happy. Why? What did she have on him?
THERE'S MORE HERE THAN MEETS THE EYE
Col. Bush, we know how admired you are throughout the Air Force since we've been inundated by a ton of e-mail attesting to your leadership qualities. But please forgive us for wondering what's "the rest of the story?"
Why are you rolling over so quickly - you put in for retirement immediately after the firing as wing commander - unless maybe there is something else we don't know yet?
Did you step on some mighty big toes, and this is the excuse they use to remove you from the Air Force?
You have devoted a half century and your entire adult life to date serving our country and military with honesty and integrity. Your chance to be a flag officer has been destroyed. Your career is over. Pardon us if we wonder if there's something else we haven't been told.
God bless you in your future endeavors, Col. Bush. Just remember, the Air Force doesn't at all adhere to core values or enforce standards fairly. We recall a certain triple-chinned, unlit cigar-chomping, little FAT MAN, the late Maj. Gen. Francis R. Gerard of the New Jersey National Guard, who was way out-of-shape, both morally and physically. He wasn't kicked out of the Air Force and suffered loss of his career.