Our loyal readers often are our sources. By the hundreds, they contact us in various ways, mostly e-mail, and tell us invaluable information the brass would rather you didn't know. There is not a single military base in CONUS or overseas where we don't have "eyes and ears." Some are "deep cover" and maintain a low profile. Others are more bold. In either case, these folks are a big headache for the Pentagon.

We never divulge an identity without permission and have built up a reputation for honesty and objectivity over the eight years we've been on the Internet that cannot be demeaned.

Below, we are going to quote at some length one of our Air Force sources. His name must remain anonymous for obvious reasons, but he has been around for a long time and knows where the bodies are buried, so to speak.

Here are some of this former NCO's observations:

ON THE JILL METZGER "COVER-UP" -- "She deserves prison time and the bastards that covered for her should be court-martialed. I'm not surprised that it happened that way. That was one of the reasons I got out (of the Air Force). Double standard of justice."

PAPER-PUSHERS -- "I was in Air Force Communications Command and it was all about covering things on paper. The downward trend began when the Air Force came up with the idea NCOs and officers were not leaders but managers. There were NCOs in charge of shops who, upon arrival, would ask their commander if they had to be technically proficient on equipment. Usually the answer was no. So the NCOIC becomes a paper pusher.

"When I was in Greece the boss was very susceptible to gossip and brown-nosing. I got in an argument with another NCO on how something worked. I even pulled out the tech manual. He refused to believe it and the NCOIC sided with the other guy because he liked him, and anyway, he couldn't understand the tech manual himself!

"I had to call Special Maintenance Team in Athens and have them straighten the situation out. I was also Site Defense NCO for northern Greece. The defense plan was so bad a squad of kids could have taken us out. The Command's reply: 'Don't rock the boat. It's covered on paper,' they said."

KHOBAR TOWERS -- "That fiasco resulted in 19 GIs killed and more than 400 injured. It also let then-Col. (M. F.) and then-Lt. Col. (T. C.) put themselves in for Purple Hearts when all they did was run from the scene and trip over their own feet."

PROSTITUTION RING AT KEESLER -- "I was there on TDY in the 80's, just after the Air Force covered up the fact a whorehouse was operating on base. Young female airmen, fresh out of basic training, were recruited to work at the O-Club as hookers. The BOQ was used for the Johns, the hospital commander provided shots and abortions as needed, and senior officers were running over to the Triangle area for rendezvous with female enlisted, even though the area was supposed to be off-limits to permanent party personnel.

"When the scandal was broken by STARS AND STRIPES (the only paper that touched it), the top brass were frantic and covered the mess up, re-assigning colonels here and there."

Please keep in mind, while senior officers were implicated in the Keesler sex scandal, Gen. Pustay, a good and honorable man, did not retire as a result of the mess he inherited and that he himself had nothing to do with. The two-star flag officer was promoted to lieutenant general before his retirement with honors in 1983 after he served at the Pentagon under former Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Larry Welch.

Well, there you have it, dear reader. Just one of the many e-mails that pour in seven days a week. Very interesting reading. Some contain real nuggets of information that, put together in an investigative file, can break a story wide open.

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