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It pays to have friends in high places when you get in trouble, and Maj. Jill Metzger is no exception.
She played her politics like a pro, running beside Gen. John D. W. Corley (up until a few days ago, vice chief-of-staff of the Air Force) in the morning when he did his laps at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona.
That was not that many years ago. Now Corley wears four stars on his shoulders and has enormous influence within the Air Force.
POINT GRAD GETS 15 YEARS IN PRISON
It was a long ways from the hallowed halls of West Point where Warren Crecy Jr. had graduated with honors in 1976. Three decades later, the 54 year-old retired Army Reserve colonel huddled in his small room at St. Columbia's Catholic Church in Oakland, Calif. as he contemplated his entire world crashing down around his ears.
It was the second child porn offense for the onetime up-and-coming military officer. The registered sex offender had pleaded guilty in 2003 in a similar case in Santa Clara County. Investigators said at that time, he had exchanged sexually explicit messages with an undercover cop posing as a 13 year-old girl. Crecy served 120 days on that rap.
Now he was back to his old tricks. This time retired Col. Crecy tried to send pornography via the internet to what he thought was a 14 year-old girl. "Tina" turned out to be an Ohio sheriff's officer who was trolling for pedophiles and perverts.
MAJ COURT-MARTIALED IN IRAQ
You don't see a sergeant major, let alone a command sgt. major (CSM), get court-martialed every day of the week, month or even year! We can recall one "first shirt" E-8 getting reduced to SP4 because he beat up the son of a Chicago judge who had pull with U.S. Sen. Charles Percy of Illinois. And we recall a sergeant-major busted for black-marketing while we were in Vietnam. But it's rare indeed for a "top-ranker" among NCO's being disciplined for anything.
Usually the E-9 is the colonel's pal, getting him coffee, laughing at his jokes and generally creating the illusion that all command sergeant majors care about is the welfare of their troops. Most do, but some certainly do not, and the time they spend hanging around the headshed sucking up to the brass or getting drunk in the club does not go unnoticed by the lower-ranking GI's.
In the case of CSM Edward Ramsdell, Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 411th Engineer Brigade at LSA "Anaconda" in Iraq, his behavior was so blatant that the brass had to act. Caught with a big stash of booze and pornography in his quarters, Ramsdell foolishly tried to outrun the CID and lost the race.
AN OPEN LETTER TO SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ROBERT GATES
We commend you for the swift action you took when you became our nation's new defense chief. You fired a political hack, the former secretary of the Army; canned two generals involved in the Walter Reed medical care incident; and dumped Gen Peter Pace, a "Rumsfeld yes-man," who promptly went whining to the media about how he "didn't want to go."
Now we urge you, on behalf of all the honorable men and women in the United States Air Force, to exercise your ultimate authority in the case of one of the worst scandals in Air Force history.
We are talking about the Maj. Jill Metzger cover-up and the very real possibility that this officer - who we think is fortunate not to have faced disciplinary action for what we suspect she did while in Kyrgyzstan last year - will be "rewarded" with a "disability" pension as she leaves military service while our wounded and disabled vets from Iraq and Afghanistan come home with arms and legs blown off, hands mangled, faces disfigured. They will not have as generous a pension as Jill, someone who was never under enemy fire.
ADMIRAL "WALKS THE PLANK"
Once again, the Navy has been quick to deal with a ranking officer alleged to be involved in an "inappropriate relationship." Translation: he was fooling around with a female subordinate. True to form, the female, who may have benefited from the alleged relationship, remains unidentified and unlikely to face any disciplinary action.
Rear Admiral Peter J. Williams, a native of Mechanic Falls, Maine, was also charged with "misuse of government property" - a cell phone - but no details on that were available to MilitaryCorruption.com as of presstime.
The former F-14 pilot and executive officer of the Navy's Tactical Aircraft Programs at Patuxent Naval Station in Maryland has been "reassigned" within the Navy, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Ryan Perry said.
GOOD-BYE AND GOOD
RIDDANCE - GEN PACE GETS
Congratulations to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates for disposing of another one of Donald Rumsfeld's "yes men," the obsequious Marine Gen. Peter Pace. CNO Mike Mullen gets the nod to replace Pace as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The "housecleaning" continues.
We have always said we respect Pace for his Vietnam service, but he miserably failed as top dog at the Pentagon under the new SecDef. He had the stench of failed policy on Iraq clinging to him from the start, and his total inaction on the continuing obscenity of forced anthrax shots and his personal statements on "gays in the military," which he quickly was told to apologize for, sealed his doom.
Can troubled Gen. David Huntoon at Carlisle Barracks and Col. Mike "NO COMBAT" Colpo, the chairBORNE Ranger and chief-of-staff at West Point be far behind? Maybe they will be shown the door as well.
"RAMBO" ROARS OFF IN STOLEN HUMVEE
That's right. His name is "Rambo," but the GI who roared off in a stolen Humvee from Fort Carson, Colo. isn't the Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone. This Rambo's named "Wayne," and the private, who was absent without leave, wasn't acting in any action movie. This was the real thing.
But the performance proved short-lived. A sheriff's deputy in Goodland, Kansas pulled over the AWOL soldier and slapped handcuffs on him. Wayne Rambo didn't "rumble" or even resist. He knew he had to go back to his base and "face the music."
Meanwhile, down at Fort Rucker, Ala., Staff Sgt. Matt Anderson is nowhere to be found. Seems he slipped way from his MP guards just before the sentencing phase of his court-martial on sex charges at the Alabama installation was set to begin.
BONO TO LT GEN IN CHARGE
Readers of this military web site, STARS & STRIPES, The ARMY TIMES, and newspapers from Maine to California serviced by The Associated Press, well remember the headline and page one stories.
Thanks to a relentless investigation by MilitaryCorruption.com over a span of nearly 18 months, plus the expert work of top-flight attorney John "Bulldog" Wells, we exposed Carlisle Barrack's shameful attempt to "grab" a valuable commemorative .45 cal. handgun belonging to Charles Honeycutt, former aide to the late Gen. of the Army Omar Bradley and his deceased wife Kitty.
Knowing Honeycutt to be ill and elderly, and thinking they could add the gold-plated pistol to the Army's collection at the Historical and Education Center at Carlisle Barracks without the aide putting up a fuss, officials under the direction of troubled Gen. David Huntoon illegally took the treasured weapon across state lines. From California and Kitty Bradley's mansion (where it had been on display), to Pennsylvania and the AHEC, they spirited the valuable artifact; then "played dumb" and stonewalled it's angry owner when he discovered the loss of his personal property (verified by ownership papers filed with the ATF).
AIDE TO GEN. OMAR BRADLEY ASKS
The former aide to Gen. of the Army Omar Bradley is fighting mad and he's putting Carlisle Barracks commandant, Gen. David Huntoon, on "the hot seat."
"I've received information that some of the valuable gifts both Gen. Bradley and his late wife Kitty have given over the years to the Omar Bradley Foundation at Carlisle Barracks may be missing or stolen," Charles Honeycutt says. "If they have been sold out the back door, I don't care if it's a G.I. or a general, whoever's responsible is going to jail!"
The elderly California man, embroiled in a bitter dispute over ownership of a commemorative handgun that Barracks flunkies illegally removed from the Bradley mansion and moved across state lines to Pennsylvania (Honeycutt was successful in his battle with the shameful Army installation's so-called "leadership") is demanding "a full and complete accounting of every single artifact or item sent to the Barracks in the past 25 years.
"WIPES EGG OFF FACE" AFTER CASE
Anatomy of a nightmare: The year is 2025, just after the end of World War III. The United States and China have fought to a bloody draw, with much destruction on both sides. Radical Islam has overrun all of Europe and the Middle East. In America, "Big Brother" is everywhere. The USA has become a fascist state and privacy and civil rights are obsolete. The most feared entity is the "thought police," followed by the much-hated "anti-sex" patrol.
It's the middle of the night. A squad of jack-booted, black-clad storm troopers kick down the door of a private home on the island of Guam.
"You're under arrest," the thugs shout at a U.S. Air Force officer and his frightened wife. "We have been informed you are perverts," the menacing cops announce. "We're here to confiscate your pornographic magazines and separate you from your children forever!"
GUARD GENERAL CITED FOR "IMPROPER
Who says we don't have "royalty" in this country? All men are NOT created equal, that is, if you're a general anywhere in the National Guard. When you pin on those stars, you become "immune" to the rules and regulations that govern lesser mortals. It's almost like a "GET OUT OF JAIL FREE" card in a Monopoly game. You've got it made. All you need is flag rank and political connections.
Let's look at 67 year-old Alabama Guard adjutant general Mark Bowen. Either he's senile (unlikely), or just plain arrogant in thinking he could get away with what he did. Apparently the two-star figured he had the "authority" to promote a female subordinate officer ahead of her peers; give her expensive gifts; "loan" her money (no chump change, here); hug her in front of the troops - that must have been great for morale - and even kiss her "on the lips" in his office.
Bowen canceled advertising a Guard job opening - clearly against regulation - to make sure his gal pal got the position. Of course this innocent babe was wide-eyed and unaware that she was getting all these undeserved bennies from her much-older boss. She must have been, as the I.G. (Inspector General) whitewash doesn't recommend any punishment for her.
SKIPPER OF DD ARLEIGH BURKE
Commander E. J. McClure can forget about wearing four stripes on her sleeve anytime soon. Her career just took a dive into the "Deep Six." The slender, soft-spoken University of Texas graduate has been relieved of command.
The skipper of the destroyer Arleigh Burke has been reassigned to other duties after Navy brass said they had "lost confidence in her ability to command." The warship ran "soft aground" off Norfolk as the DD was returning to port. There was little or no damage to the vessel, but the Navy usually fires captains who get in that kind of a mess.
While McClure is a female officer, apparently the Navy is willing to risk any fallout from fierce feminists who might charge "discrimination." The situation is complicated by the fact a senior officer, Destroyer Squadron 2 commodore Capt. Larry Tidal, was aboard the Burke at the time the ship grounded.
DID HE DO IT? 28-YEAR NAVY VETERAN
He had everything going for him. Commander Robert Schetky was a 28-year Navy veteran, rising from the enlisted ranks. Perhaps a promotion to four stripe captain was in his future. Now all that is gone. Why did he do it - destroy everything he worked so hard to accomplish? The Alaska-based Naval officer had to know touching a 12 year-old girl "inappropriately" while his wife was out of the house was not only wrong but fraught with danger. But he did it anyway.
The fondling accelerated to an "attempted kiss" and that brought the roof down around his ears. The underage girl reported him, and he was arrested by local police on January 16. As he told the officers when they hauled him away: "I made a big mistake."
At the moment, the 54 year-old Homeland and Maritime Security officer is undergoing treatment at a sex offender clinic in Pennsylvania. He's due back in court in Juneau sometime next month.
IN THE COURTROOM AT BOLLING AFB
The prosecution's use
of a less-than-credible "witness" who claimed Airman Calvin
Hill boasted to him he had committed the grisly slaying of beautiful
Airman 1st Class Ashley Turner at the Keflavik (Iceland) Naval Air
Station in 2005 blew up in their faces.