MARINE CORPS PLAN TO COURT-MARTIAL
SERGEANT-MAJOR AT MIRAMAR - MARK KELLISON
PICKED UP FOR D.U.I. - ALSO CHARGED WITH
UNAUTHORIZED LEAVE, MAKING FALSE OFFICIAL
STATEMENTS AND FOUR VIOLATIONS OF ORDERS
TOP-RANKING ENLISTED MAN HAS 28 YEARS
SERVICE - COULD FACE BUST TO JUNIOR NCO
For nearly 30 years, everything Mark Kellison did in the Corps smelled like roses. Fast promotions, doting officers, the Massena, N. Y. native was at one time, senior drill instructor at the Parris Island MCRD.
A sergeant-major in MilitaryCorruption.com's favorite branch of the military, the lanky top-ranking non-com had it made as the most powerful enlisted man at Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif.
But just two years short of qualifying for 75% of his base pay in a retirement check, Kellison is wondering if he'll finish out his days in the Corps as a "50-something" buck sergeant. The possibility Kellison could get a bust in grade or even be put out of the Marine Corps is there.
WHY DID THE SERGEANT-MAJOR FALL SO FAR, SO FAST?
Fellow Marines wonder why the veteran NCO got in so much trouble so fast? If anyone knows, they're not talking.
We do know that Kellison was stopped "allegedly intoxicated" while driving a government vehicle near the Marine base at Yuma, Ariz on July 17. He also missed a promotion board meeting at Yuma MCAS and was found to be driving without a valid license.
Piling on the charges, police say Kellison had his personal firearm with him when he "got drunk" during the trip from San Diego to the Arizona Marine base.
The sergeant-major was stopped twice in July, on the 17th and again on the 20th. Yuma County cops say he lied to them about being a Marine, claiming he was "self-employed," and on the second occasion, told law enforcement officials a girl, not him, was driving the car.
RARE IN THE MARINE CORPS FOR AN E-9 TO EVER FACE COURT-MARTIAL
It is highly unusual for the Corps to take any of it's relatively few E-9's to court-martial. So we wonder if someone is out to make an example of Kellison by hammering him to the wall. Whatever happens, it is an inglorious way for a three-decade long military career to end up.
No date for court martial has been set. As of press time, we do know Kellison was hit on Dec. 5 with charges of "drunken or reckless operation of a (government) vehicle; unauthorized leave (missing the promotion board session); two counts of making a false official statement; and four charges of violating orders and regulations.
We remember an Army sergeant major in Vietnam who drunkenly beat up the son of a Chicago judge. The kid was a private first class, his father was a personal friend of then-Sen. Charles Percy, and the surly E-9 was lucky he was allowed to stay in the service. Busted down to a SP/4 (E-4), the convicted top-ranker finished out his military career as a fat, middle-aged file clerk at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.
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