H.I.V. HORROR AT SENIOR OFFICER'S ARTICLE 32
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"I felt sick to my stomach. I thought I was going to die!" a woman testified Monday at the Article 32 hearing of Army Special Forces COL Jeffrey Pounding.
The Texas woman said she learned she had been exposed to the sometimes deadly virus when a public health worker contacted her. So far, she's tested "negative" twice, but that hasn't eased her anger at the man she claimed sweet-talked her into bed on at least three occasions.
Pounding is - to grab the title from a long ago FOX television show - "married with children." No indication yet of what his wife thinks of this, but you can bet she's going through hell right now.
A HUGE EMBARRASSMENT FOR ARMY
Army investigators are holding the preliminary hearing at Fort McNair since Green Beret Pounding is assigned to the National Guard Bureau as deputy director of Strategic Plans and Policy.
So far, Pounding faces one charge each of assault, adultery, and conduct unbecoming an officer. If this goes to court-martial, it'll make "hound-dog" Jeff Sinclair's exploits look like a walk in the park.
The last thing the Pentagon and Army PAO needs is a senior officer in a mess like this.
LOTS OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS
A number of obvious questions arise, for instance, what was COL Pounding doing having unprotected sex with a woman not his wife while "apparently" knowing his compromised health status?
That is, if he had tested positive for H.I.V. some time ago, and was kept on duty as long as he stayed in CONUS. If Pounding was a low-ranking enlisted man 25 years ago when the AIDS scare was everywhere, he would have been separated in 30 days and tossed out in the street with no benefits or health care.
Did the unidentified health care worker who telephoned the Texas woman about the alleged exposure know the colonel's health condition, and how did this medical professional know to contact her in the first place?
WHAT"S THE REAL STORY BEHIND THIS?
Could the woman be promiscuous and lying in an effort to hurt the senior officer for some reason? What would she have to gain?
If COL Pounding deliberately did this, he deserves to go to jail. But there's two sides to every story, so we at MilitaryCorruption.com will keep you informed as to the breaking developments in this sordid case as they happen.
Stay tuned, gang, and click back often.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: -- Those of you who served with Pounding, and may have background information that would be of interest to us, are encouraged to contact MilitaryCorruption.com as soon as possible. Thank you.]