FORCE DENTIST AT LACKLAND NABBED
No, this guy isn't the weird-looking creep in Bangkok who claims to have killed ("I loved her.") Jon Benet Ramsey. But if you've had your choppers worked on in the dentist's office at Lackland AFB in Texas during the past year, you might have seen him at close quarters.
Capt. Mark Studenny is set to plead guilty to viewing child porn on his home computer when he goes before a federal magistrate later this month. His lawyer, Van Hillary, said the "embarrassed" officer cut a plea-bargain deal with the Feds. Whether that agreement means Studenny escapes jail time remains to be seen.
Certainly his Air Force career is over. Now, if he'd been a general officer, preferably two stars and above or chief JAG, we're sure something could have been worked out. But Studenny is an expendable junior officer, and as far as the top brass is concerned, the sooner he's gone, the better.
The 30 year-old dentist was nabbed October 5, 2005 when Feds raided his apartment in San Antonio. They found numerous images of child pornography on his computer hard-drive and discovered the captain had been ogling the forbidden images from as far back as 2002.
Studenny could still face military charges, but we have the feeling when all is said and done, he will walk, albeit with a dishonorable discharge in his back pocket.
THE "CHILD-PORN" COLONEL AT CARLISLE BARRACKS
This case reminds us of another, up at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
A faculty member at the Army War College was caught viewing child porn by his wife in their quarters on post, and the ensuing argument resulted in him killing her and claiming she was murdered by an unknown assailant.
His story fell apart quickly, and the lieutenant colonel allegedly cut a deal whereby he'd keep quiet about other officer pedophiles on base if he received a light sentence in exchange. Sure enough, the field grade got a "tap on the wrist" and should be out on the street in a couple years (see Related Stories, below).
COL MIKE "NO COMBAT" COLPO, "THE chairBORNE RANGER"
We recall former chief of staff, Col. Mike "NO COMBAT" Colpo, the "chairBorne Ranger," screaming at us during a taped phone call to Carlisle Barracks.
What got this mighty desk warrior in an uproar was we had the temerity to ask what the Command was doing to combat child porn, then reported to still be coming in on computers at the Barracks. "That's none of your business," he shouted. Now the good colonel is enjoying a real plum.
He's the "wartime" chief-of-staff at West Point. Must be odd to have stayed Stateside for nearly 30 years, never going to war anywhere, or even overseas. When you graduate from the Point at taxpayers' expense and wear Infantry brass, airborne wings and the Ranger tab, somehow more is expected of you in terms of sacrifice.
We don't want to say "NO COMBAT" Colpo has a yellow streak down his back - the casualties from West Point have been heavy in Iraq and Afghanistan, and there were plenty of opportunities for Colpo in the past 28 years to go fight somewhere - but it does seem "odd" he's been so reluctant to go into harm's way.
Hot showers, clean sheets and hobnobbing with the top brass - he must have made plenty of powerful "contacts" those six years (two tours) he worked on the colonels' assignment desk - sure is tempting. After all, staying "in the rear, with the gear" sure beats humping an M-60 in the bush, or heaven forbid, leading troops into combat. Why, officers have been known to get shot and killed doing that!
We're sure he - along with some 250,000 other well-informed people - read MCC daily, so here's a bit of advice from an old friend, who happens to be a combat veteran and "Mustang" officer.
Take off that overseas service ribbon - you know, one of a paltry seven you wear on your chest. We realize you served in Alaska, but that isn't the same as Korea or Germany, Bosnia or Kosovo, Panama or Somalia, Gulf War One, or Iraq and Afghanistan. You don't want to fool others into thinking you actually served "overseas," do you, Mikey? If you have any honor, take it off.