THE SCANDAL AT HANSCOM AFB THE BRASS
DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT - BRIG GEN
SELECTEE AND AFA GRAD DARTANIAN "DOC"
WARR IN WOMEN TROUBLE - ALLEGED GALPAL
CAUGHT TRYING TO LIFT AIR FORCE OWNED
COMPUTER MONITOR FROM OFFICE ON BASE
WARR UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR "TRAVEL
FRAUD" AND OTHER MISDEEDS - "STEAMY"
E-MAIL LOVE LETTERS SEIZED BY THE OSI
It was a storybook career. Handsome and articulate Dartanian "Doc" Warr, up until recently the commander of the 551st Electronic Systems Wing (Electronic Systems Center) at Hanscom AFB in Massachusetts, was destined for "stars."
In fact, the Air Force Academy graduate had already been selected for brigadier general when a tip to the OSI brought his future crashing to the ground.
The 49 year-old African-American was accused of not only carrying on an affair with a female civilian employee at the base, but investigators said the colonel had committed "travel fraud," taking his wife on personal business and charging it to a government credit card.
When the OSI grabbed up the officer's e-mail file, they found "steamy" love messages between the commanding officer and a woman we'll call "M."
MUCH-DISLIKED "GALPAL" TRIPS UP COMMANDER
AND COSTS HIM HIS CAREER
"She was a first-class bitch, even before she took up with him," said an inside source at the base. "Now that she's been nabbed trying to steal Air Force property, her future is looking pretty grim. What goes around, comes around, eventually."
Apparently Warr and his said-to-be mistress were anything but discreet. And the problems mentioned in the paragraph above, plus the travel "fraud" charge, makes it almost impossible for the top Air Force brass to sweep the scandal "under the rug."
Warr's flag selection has been vacated without announcement and all official references to his rank reverted to merely "colonel," a highly-placed informant tells us. As we used to say in Vietnam, surveying the bodies of dead Viet Cong that got as far as the perimeter wire before being shot down: "Close, but no cigar."
WILL WARR HAVE TO RETIRE AS A LIGHT COLONEL?
Up until now, the Air Force thought they could contain the scandal, since none of the Boston newspapers had gotten wind of it. But, with sources on every US military installation in CONUS and worldwide, it's only a matter of time before we would have heard about it anyway and broken the story.
While there's been no mention of court-martial to date, it may have to end up there, as chances for a quiet "resignation" and departure from the Air Force as an 0-6 doesn't look like it's in the cards anymore.
Ironically, it was the super-obnoxious girlfriend who sank the colonel's chances of pinning on stars. "If it wasn't for her abusive treatment of underlings at Hanscom, Warr might have gotten off with a slap on the wrist," said a person in-the-know. "Now, you gotta figure he's asking himself was it worth it all in the end."