IS STAFF SERGEANT 'ROTTEN TO THE CORPS'?
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Has Staff Sgt. Dustin Barker disgraced the Corps?
The hard-charging grunt with 13 years of service under his belt, stands accused of being some sort of psycho-throwback to the "bad old days" when drill instructors regularly beat their men or marched them into swamps at Parris Island U.S. Marine Corps Depot.
If "good ole boy" Barker really did what's been said, he's a non-com the Marines would be better off without. You be the judge.
The Scott, Ky. man's court-martial begins next week at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va.
According to investigators, Barker ordered one of his Marines to strike another with a rock. He is accused of ordering one Marine to beat another up; and told one grunt to "mount" another and "punch him" so hard that he would urinate blood.
Other tortures he allegedly inflicted included making Marines cut grass while wearing personal protective gear and running with heavy equipment on until they dropped.
WHAT DID THE COLONEL DO?
Meanwhile, a mystery surrounds the recent relief of Col. Eric Schaefer as commander of Marine Base Hawaii.
It was Marine Corps Installations Pacific commander Maj. Gen. Charles Hudson who pulled the trigger on the 24-year military veteran.
No one will tell our CI's why the senior officer got the axe. All that we could find out at press time was Schaeffer had been removed "due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead." The usual boilerplate.
Col. Schaefer graduated from San Diego State University in 1991 and was an accomplished pilot, with more than 2,000 hours in the air.
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