FEDERAL JUDGE THROWS OUT FRIVOLOUS
LAWSUIT BY RETIRED COLONEL - NANCY
WETHERIL PLAYS "RACE CARD" IN DISPUTE
WITH SOUTH DAKOTA NATIONAL GUARD IN
SNIT OVER "FULL PENSION" AS TECHNICIAN
CLAIM OF "DISCRIMINATION," BASED UPON
PAMPERED OFFICER'S JAPANESE-AMERICAN
HERITAGE, INSULT TO OTHER WOMEN WITH
REAL COMPLAINTS - MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM
"SALUTES" JUDGE KAREN SCHREIER - MADE
THE RIGHT DECISION IN THIS CASE
In the nearly 10 years this web site has been online, we have often caught hell from some of our readers (we get more than two million hits a month), for supporting women fighting for justice and equality in the military.
Any honest person has to admit females have been held back from deserved promotions and positions of authority over the years due to male chauvinism and the "Good Ole Boy" network. On the other side of the coin, however, "political correctness" has, in recent times, also caused discrimination against males as well. Both extremes are wrong.
But when we see a pampered, spoiled woman who made full colonel in record time, "play the race card" and whine about "discrimination," when in reality she's had an easy run for more than 30 years, we get disgusted.
Such behavior is an insult to the military and all minority female members who've earned what they have achieved and don't seek special favors or play political games.
A FAST RISE TO FULL COLONEL FOR MINORITY FEMALE OFFICER
Nancy Wetheril joined the 842nd Engineer Co. of the South Dakota National Guard back in 1974, fresh out of Black Hills State University. A military "brat," with an Air Force father, she quickly moved up the ranks and pinned on colonel's "chicken wings" nearly a decade ago.
Compared to most people, the colonel has very little to complain about. But don't tell her that, because maybe she'll stomp her foot in peevish petulance. "I'm a victim!" Yeah, right.
Most people, male or female, much less a minority member, would be thrilled to have had such a successful career. As both a full colonel 0-6 and Guard technician, Wetheril is not exactly living in "the "poor house." A check of the pay scales would show she is practically "rolling in dough," while many less fortunate Americans are losing their homes and jobs in this depressed economy.
We know plenty of female enlisted members trying to raise a family alone, or junior officers trying to pay off college loans for their education, who'd love to switch places with the well-compensated Wetheril.
FILING A FRIVOLOUS LAW SUIT
So why should the female colonel throw a "hissy fit" and file a frivolous lawsuit because a new Guard adjutant general rightfully decided to make some changes to his own liking? That's the way it works.
After all, Wetheril's MRD (mandatory removal date) as a Guard officer of July 31, 2007 has come and gone. She's already been given favorable treatment by former Guard boss, retired Maj. Gen. Michael Gorman, when he kept Wetheril on in her technician's position.
We realize that Wetheril can "max out" top retirement pay as a "tech" if she remains on the job until 2010, but the world will not come to an end if she doesn't stay on the payroll and pile up some more greenbacks.
That decision is present Adjutant General Steven Doohen's call. And he has made it. Could "politics" be involved? Sure. Just like it was when Wetheril's posterior was being regularly kissed by others during her lucrative climb to the top ranks. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
PHONY "DISCRIMINATION" CLAIM -
INSULT TO JAPANESE-AMERICANS EVERYWHERE
To accuse Doohen, or for that matter, Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, of "discrimination" against her because of her gender and ethnic origin, in the face of the fact that probably "helped" her get promoted quicker, is ludicrous on the face of it. An insult to women in general and hard-working, proud Japanese-Americans everywhere.
The way we see it, this colonel had a terrific run as is, and should be grateful that she's done so much better than most women, perhaps any other woman, in the South Dakota Guard.
Federal Judge Karen Schreier wisely dismissed the lawsuit. She made the right decision.
As for Wetheril, who may seek to file an appeal, we have this advice: "Just stop the whining, cash your fat retirement checks, consider yourself lucky, and please - just shut up and go away.