AIR FORCE CAPTAIN GOES AWOL - GETS
SLAP-ON-THE-WRIST - THREE MONTHS IN JAIL
PLUS $3K FINE - HENPECKED HUBBY CLAIMS
WIFE THREATENED TO LEAVE HIM IF HE WENT
ON SIX-MONTH DEPLOYMENT TO IRAQ - KEVIN
MEYER ADMITS HE LIED TO COMMAND ABOUT
WHY HE MISSED FLIGHT - WOULD AN NCO OR
ENLISTED PERSON HAVE GOT OFF SO EASY?
Capt. Kevin Meyer called it "the biggest single mistake of my life," and he is right. He's also fortunate he's an officer, because an enlisted person or NCO deliberately missing a deployment flight to Iraq, and then lying about why to the base command, would have been severely punished and kicked out of the Air Force.
In the case of this officer, assigned to the Global Positioning Systems Wing at El Segundo (Los Angeles Air Force Base), he got a virtual "slap-on-the-wrist." He does 90 days in jail and gets fined $1000 a month for three months. That's it. Then he can return to active duty. Nice deal if you can get it. We doubt your average staff sergeant would be so lucky.
The AWOL began when Meyer failed to show for a military flight because he told the court, "my wife threatened to leave me if I went." Well, we wonder what this rocket scientist was thinking the Air Force was going to do to HIM when he turned up absent. Hello?
HEN-PECKED HUBBY GETS IN TROUBLE THANKS TO DOMINEERING WIFE
The 36 year-old officer from Redondo Beach, Calif. apparently is seriously "hen-pecked," as his wife did him no favors by pressuring him to commit a military violation that would ordinarily be a career-ender. What was he or she thinking? That the brass would excuse such behavior? After all, Capt. Meyer is not Jill Metzger, and he has no four-star general "pal" to make sure he isn't punished for the bad mistake he made.
"Serious criminal acts need to be met by serious consequences," an Air Force JAG intoned during the court proceedings. "A message needs to be sent to deter others from such behavior." Really? LOL!
You can send your "message" (and Moseley's "core-values card, for what it's worth) to Jill, care of Gen. Gary North, the bloat-faced new four-star general in command of the Pacific Air Force. He'll know how to get it to the "pampered and protected one."
MONEY PROBLEMS PROMPT CAPTAIN TO ASK FOR MERCY
Asking for mercy, Meyer whined that: "I was unable to balance my obligations as a husband, father, and officer, and for that, I know I'll be punished."
Of course those words were uttered before he received sentence. His civilian defense attorney argued for no fine at all, since the captain (making approximately $65K a year in base pay) was so strapped for funds he said he needed every dime he could lay his hands on.
Meyer has an eight year-old step-son and 11-month old baby. How about all you low-paid staff or master sergeants out there, with a mortgage, four kids, a wife and a pile of bills feel about that? Could you get by on 65-to-70 grand?
"All I want to do now, is get back to doing what I love, and serving the Air Force," Meyer said.
Well, one suggestion might be to ditch the "troublemaker" that caused the problem, but it sounds like he's a glutton for punishment. Let's hope a marriage counselor can help straighten out the mess, but first Capt. Meyer will need to perform a medical miracle—grow a backbone.