"ROMEO" OF RANDOLPH AFB
We're not at all upset Lt. Col. Christopher Kugel got kicked out of the Air Force, even with him being so close to qualifying for retirement. Less than a year to go. No, the 43 year-old former deputy commander of the 12th Flying Training Wing at Randolph AFB, Texas deserved to get the boot.
It would be very interesting to see if during his career, Kugel busted and bounced out any enlisted personnel or junior officers for just what he thought he could "get away" with. The libidinous light colonel told his court martial he "was only human," when explaining why he had affairs with at least four women on base - all civilians - in various locales, like a trailer, his office, and a parked automobile.
Opting for his fate to be decided by a military judge instead of a jury of his peers, didn't get Kugel any soft treatment. The harsh but justified decision imposed on the married father of seven children seemed severe, however, when contrasted with the "kid-gloves" sentence former Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Fiscus, chief legal officer in the USAF, got from his brass-hat cronies when he was caught in far worse misconduct and criminal behavior. It was another example of "different spanks for different ranks."
AIR FORCE GENERALS IMMUNE TO COURT-MARTIAL
If you're a flag officer in the U.S. Air Force and you get caught in a sex crime or any crime, short of treason - Fiscus, the hypocrite and fraud, who admitted intimate affairs with numerous women under his command, whose careers he helped - you don't have to worry about annoying things like being court-martialed. No Air Force general has ever been court-martialed for any offense.
That doesn't mean they become "boy scouts" once they pin on the stars. Quite the contrary. It just means they are insulated from certain punishment that the lower ranks must face. A great boost to morale, don't you think, to know that the higher the rank, the less punishment is imposed?
"Do as I say, not as I do," is unacceptable. But it's standard operating procedure for the top-rankers in blue.
We highly recommend renting or buying the DVD "The
Last Castle" starring, of all people, Robert Redford as a principled
general officer sent to a military prison for some imagined crime.
In the movie, he's a three-star general, highly decorated in combat.
That's fiction, of course. In the real world, NO general ever gets
sent to Leavenworth DB. Why? Because he or she has the rank and
connections to avoid such unpleasantness as incarceration.
The worst that can happen to a flag officer is a wrist-slap and reduction in rank towards the pension they will still be allowed to collect. That is why we feel a twinge of sympathy for Kugel, no matter how big a jerk he may be in reality. He lost a fortune in pension and benefits while people like Fiscus sit on their fat backsides and collect big bucks off the taxpayers, knowing they "dodged a bullet" thanks to being a general officer.
Kugel, unlike Fiscus - who provided promotions and other favors for his mostly-willing female subordinates (none of whom were disciplined in the wake of the general's forced retirement) - could have received up to ten years at the DB if convicted. At least he avoided a jail cell by asking his fate to be determined by a military judge.
Fiscus was guilty of every specification lodged against Kugel: adultery, obstructing justice, failure to obey orders, and conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman. But he's the one, not Kugel, getting a big retirement check. Most Americans would be thrilled to get the top rate for retired colonel. The former two-star embarrassed the hell out of the Air Force top brass. It was akin to a bishop caught running a whorehouse. Looked real bad.
But the Pentagon knows the public have short attention-spans. So does the mainstream media and politicians. So the Fiscus incident is allowed to recede into the "memory hole," except on the pages of MilitaryCorruption.com. Rest assured, dear reader, we will wrap stinkers like Fiscus around the necks of the top brass every chance we get.
Who cares about all the many Air Force members whose lives were ruined, pensions denied, sent off to military prison, all for lesser offenses than the well-connected Fiscus committed? Where is the justice for them?
Favoritism of any kind is poisonous in a military environment. Especially if the so-called leadership, who are supposed to inspire by example, are corrupt themselves.
COL USED TRAILER FOR SEX TRYSTS
ERUPTS OVER GEN. FISCUS
“WRIST-SLAP” – HUNDREDS OF E-MAILS
POUR IN – VAST MAJORITY CONDEMN
“DOUBLE-STANDARD” OF “JUSTICE”
MOST WANT FISCUS COURT-MARTIALED
HIS BUDDY, GEN. COOK, WHO GOT HIM
OFF EASY, “GCMCA” IN CASE WHERE
FEMALE NCO FACING COURT-MARTIAL
FOR HAVING SEX WITH A FELLOW E.M.
AT SHEPPARD AFB – ANOTHER CASE OF
“DIFFERENT SPANKS FOR DIFFERENT
RANKS?” – STOP THIS OUTRAGE! – COOK
MUST BE MADE ACCOUNTABLE