THE GENERAL AND THE GIN BOTTLE - MARRIED
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Don Draper, of the hit TV show MAD MEN, would be right at home in today's Air Force.
The management boss who's always pouring himself a drink in the office, has something in common with Brig. Gen. David Uhrich, director of the Air Combat Command.
Both men have been linked to drinking "on duty" and while married, fooling around with a female, not their wife.
The difference here is, Uhrich is supposedly under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, while Draper can bed all the babes he wants and guzzle booze with gusto. He is a fictional character.
But Uhrich is a 29-year Air Force senior officer who was so soused, a major who worked for him told the IG that at times he saw the general "shaking" and "if he didn't have his alcohol, the wheels came off."
FOIA EXPOSES COVER-UP IN URICH CASE
Documents the Air Force hoped to hide, obtained by ace reporter Craig Whitlock of the Washington POST through the FOIA, outline the dangerous situation.
A staff officer (his name redacted) said about Uhrich: " .. . his speech was slurred, he had blood shot eyes, and exhibited a lack of overall coordination."
The source reported the general kept a bottle of vodka in a drawer in his desk and imbibed from it frequently during duty hours.
To top off his misbehavior, the one-star also conducted an affair with a female not his wife.
KID-GLOVE TREATMENT FOR GENERAL
All this is enough to cashier an enlisted man or junior officer, pension be damned. But will Uhrich get busted one grade before he gets to retire? Is the Pope Catholic?
The general knew that regulations state one can only retire in the last grade "satisfactorily" served in. And being a drunk and committing adultery should cost him his star.
Want to bet anything happens to Uhrich - like a reduction back to colonel? Don't hold your breath.
With Air Force generals, it's DIFFERENT SPANKS FOR DIFFERENT RANKS.
No Air Force flag officer has been ever been court-martialed since the USAF spun off from the Army in 1947. Wearing Air Force "blue" with stars on your shoulders is akin to having a GET OUT OF JAIL FREE card when you're playing "Monopoly."
HALL OF SHAME
GEN. GARY NORTH, USAF