COL GLENN PALMER THROWN UNDER THE BUS
RESPECTED LEADER MADE "SCAPEGOAT" IN WAKE
OF BASIC TRAINING SEX SCANDAL - FORMER
COMMANDER OF 720TH SPECIAL TACTICS GROUP
AT HURLBURT FIELD SEES CAREER ENDED BY
"POLITICAL CORRECTNESS" - PALMER ONLY ON JOB
AS C. O. OF 737TH TRAINING GROUP (LACKLAND)
LESS THAN A YEAR - NOT IN TEXAS WHEN T. M. I.
ABUSES OCCURRED - SAD AND UNFAIR END FOR
OFFICER WHO ENTERED USAF AS ENLISTED MAN
© 2012 MilitaryCorruption.com
Air Force Col. Glenn Palmer has been "thrown under the bus" by politically-correct leaders with no spine.
The former commanding officer of the 737th Training Group at Lackland AFB has been relieved of duty in the wake of the much-publicized basic trainee sex scandal at the sprawling Texas military installation.
We at MilitaryCorruption.com and the vast majority of those e-mailing us about this action, think Palmer got a raw deal. A long and distinguished career, which began as an enlisted man (airman), and reached all the way to the rank of bird colonel, has now come to an ignominiouse end.
COLONEL NOT EVEN AT LACKLAND
WHEN ABUSES OCCURRED
First of all, Col. Palmer wasn't even in Texas when the bulk of the abuses by military training instructors took place. He was still in Florida as the well-respected deputy group commander of the 720th Special Tactics Group at Hurlburt Field.
As soon as he became aware of the situation, once sitting in the commander's seat at the 737th, Palmer did everything in his power to dig out the truth and punish the guilty.
An Air Force spokesperson grudgingly admitted "Col. Palmer didn't create the environment that resulted in misconduct . . . but a new leader is needed now." This from the same flack that earlier announced "Palmer was relieved because Col. Eric Axelbank (commander of the 37th Training Wing) lost confidence in his ability to maintain a safe and secure training environment for our newest airmen."
To that we say BULL!!!!!!
AIR FORCE WANTED A SCAPEGOAT
Col. Palmer instituted many safeguards for new trainees and commanded under a no tolerance policy for sexual assaults and other crimes by Air Force T. M. I's. This is the colonel's reward? Being made a scapegoat?
We salute Glenn Palmer for his many years of service to our nation. When you see former enlisted members like him who rose to high rank on honor and integrity, you have to fight the urge to gag when recalling the likes of Gary North, Norton Schwartz and of course, Jill "valor award" Metzger-Mayo.
Most of the "leadership" blame lies with Lt. Col. Michael Pacquette, commander of the 331st Training Squadron, where admitted rapist S/Sgt. Luis Walker conducted his crimes. Of the six instructors charged so far in the scandal - there are at least 31 female victims - Walker was the worst of all. We feel Pacquette bore far more responsibility for what happened on his watch than a good man like Glenn Palmer.
What has been done to him is another black chapter in recent Air Force history.