FEMALE COLONEL IN ALABAMA GUARD CLAIMS
"DISCRIMINATION" AFTER LOSING FULL-TIME
POSITION - SAYS "UNFAIR" SHE PLACED ON
DRILL STATUS - LOSS OF BIG BUCKS - COL ROBIN
NORRIS GOT SPECIAL FAVORS FROM FORMER
ADJUTANT GENERAL - FAST PROMOTIONS, MONEY
"LOANS," HUGS AND KISSES IN FRONT OF TROOPS
NOW NORRIS HINTS MAY GO PUBLIC WITH DIRT
ABOUT OTHER SCANDALS - WE INVITE OFFICER
TO CONTACT US FOR FULL PUBLICATION
Col. Robin Norris claims "sex discrimination" is the reason the Alabama National Guard took her off full-time duty (and the really big bucks) and placed her on the much less lucrative weekend drill status.
It's a more than $50,000 a year reduction in income, and Norris is one unhappy camper. So much so, we hear she might soon have plenty to say about "double-standards" and swept-under-the-carpet scandals at the headquarters of the "good ole boys."
"We've had numerous male officers get into a lot of trouble, including a general at the same time as this happened to me," the female officer protested. "Nothing happened to him. He's been allowed to stay in the Guard.
"The standards are drastically different for a male officer versus a female one."
They are indeed, although usually they work in the female's favor, especially in "he-said, she-said" cases. But here, perhaps Norris does has a beef. Therefore, we invite her to contact our editors at firstname.lastname@example.org with all dirt she can shovel. We'll be happy to publish it.
ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI NATIONAL GUARD
CORRUPTION AND COVER-UPS
If the Alabama Guard is anywhere near as bad as next-door Mississippi, then we'll have more than enough material for several stories to come. Gov. Bob Riley and his new Guard chief, Maj. Gen. A.C. Blalock are sure not to be amused.
It was Blalock who fired Norris off her full-time gig and relegated the furious female to part-time duty.
Readers of MilitaryCorruption.com (see "related stories box" below) will recall we did a big story on how Norris got in trouble in the first place.
The former Alabama Guard boss, Maj. Gen. Mark Bowen, described as a "senile old geezer" by one enemy at state headquarters, openly favored Norris. So much so, that morale fell and outrage erupted among other Guard members who blanched at watching Bowen hug and kiss the female officer on the lips.
That wasn't all. The 68 year-old brass hat arrogantly promoted Norris ahead of her peers; gave her expensive gifts; "loaned" her money; made 700 phone calls to her number in five month; and frequently showed up at the unmarried officer's home.
Norris and Bowen claimed it was all innocent with no "hanky-panky" involved, and who knows? Maybe the general was a perfect gentleman? But it raised hell with the troops, and even the cover-up artists at the IG office couldn't "look the other way" on this one.
THE GENERAL IS FIRED AND GALPAL SHIFTED TO WEEKEND DRILLS
In a mild report released some months ago, the general's extraordinary favoritism toward Norris was cited and Gov. Riley was forced to put a new general in charge despite his long and close (Clay County) ties to fellow Republican Bowen.
Norris got a rap on the knuckles. Obviously, no "wide-eyed little girl" she, the female colonel knew full well how much she enjoyed all the "goodies" she got from her boss and big-time benefactor. No sexual activity could be proven, so Norris escaped a "conduct unbecoming" and "adultery" charge - Bowen is married - and instead, suffered the significant financial reverse of being put on part-time duty.
We can tell that really stung. With full-time pay and all the bennies, Norris, a single woman with no dependants, could rack up $100,000 a year. Not bad in this time of recession and rising grocery bills for ordinary folks.
"They're ostracizing me!" complained an outraged Norris. "I'm a full colonel, and all I'm allowed to do is come to drills."
Well, hello. We know some of your former colleagues, both officer and senior NCO's, who somehow don't feel you've suffered all that much compared to them. They're too busy trying to pay their bills and take care of their families. "Full colonel" or not, they aren't impressed, and their sympathies lie elsewhere.