BIRD COLONEL RELIEVED OF DUTY AFTER IG
INVESTIGATION "SUBSTANTIATES" ALLEGATIONS
OF AN "INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP" - MINN.
AIR NATIONAL GUARD COL. JOHN SPENCER JR.
FIRED FROM JOB AS VICE COMMANDER OF
DULUTH-BASED 148TH FIGHTER WING - GUARD
BRASS REFUSE TO RELEASE DETAILS OF CASE
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The National Guard is a law unto itself. The state adjutant generals are appointed by the governor. Most of the time, that means political hacks and losers are placed in charge of better
officers than they. And if sufficiently irritated, these "bosses" can arbitrarily end anyone's career.
Another aspect of the Guard is its ability to cover-up and conceal scandals and simply refuse to divulge news that, in a non-military setting, would be absolutely required.
Such is the case up in Minnesota, where Col. John H. Spencer Jr. has just gotten the axe. He was relieved as vice commander of the Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing.
WAS THE COLONEL FOOLING AROUND WITH A SUBORDINATE FEMALE?
Very few details have been made available to the public except Spencer was fired allegedly for having an "unprofessional relationship." In Guard "double-speak" that means he was messing around with a female. We don't know if she was officer or enlisted, or even his office secretray, because the top brass in the Minnesota Guard don't want you or I to know.
In a curt and very brief press release, we are told that Spencer came under investigation in July and that the charges were "substantiated" by an IG investigation.
For all intensive purposes, this means Spencer's military career is at an end. The official word is he is "on adminstrative leave, pending assignment to another position." Yeah, right. A desk in a closet right next to the exit door.
MINNESOTA GUARD HAS A HISTORY OF SEX ALLEGATIONS AND FIRINGS
This isn't the first time a senior officer has been caught up in a sex scandal. Back in 2003, former Adjutant General Eugene Andreotti was canned after charges of sexual harrassment against him were found to be true. The two-star had been the state's Guard leader for 15 years.
Andreotti yelled foul at what happened to him. He claimed the investigation of his conduct "grossly mangled the truth," and that the process was "'driven more by political agendas, than finding of fact." Still, protestations notwithstanding, he got booted out.
Oh, my God! Politics involved in the National Guard? We're shocked, shocked, we tell you.