GUARD COLONEL NABBED TRYING TO
A full colonel in the Arizona Army National Guard has been caught, quite literally, with his pants down in Arkansas, and faces a felony charge hearing in North Little Rock on March 28th.
MilitaryCorruption.com has learned that Col. Donald Wodash, 45, deputy chief of staff for operations, was arrested after a late-night "encounter" he allegedly hoped would be with a 14 year-old girl. He was charged with "computer child pornography" and spent several hours in a jail cell. The obviously obese officer - are full colonels in the National Guard always exempt from taking the PT test, using that old dodge of "I'm on a physical profile"? - thought he was making a connection with a teenybopper. In reality, the person on the other end of the computer was an undercover cop.
Wodash, who has been with the Guard for 27 years, was said to be using a Web cam to "touch and expose" his private parts, according to police spokesman Terry Kuykendall.
WILL COLONEL GET JAIL SENTENCE OR JUST A "SLAP ON THE WRIST?"
The hulking field-grade was in Arkansas to attend a National Guard conference, officials said. He apparently was in town looking for some "action" as well. That's what tripped him up. One thing investigators are checking into is if the accused officer has a history of such activity. If so, this is the first time the colonel has been caught.
Maj. Paul Aguirre, Arizona National Guard spokesman, said Wodash has been "suspended indefinitely" from his full-time duties with the 153rd Brigade. It was a lucrative post for the senior colonel, as a full-time officer of his rank - counting benefits - pulls down well over $100,000 a year. With just a short time to go to reach 30 years of service and three-quarters base pay in his pension, Col. Wodash can only hope his fellow brass hats at the Arizona Guard arrange for him a "sweetheart deal."
Probably the best Wodash can hope for is to
be retired at one-grade lower than he is serving in without having to
do any more jail time. He can go "into rehab," the fashionable
thing to do when involved in such an embarrassing mess, then quietly
fade into obscurity. You can be sure the "leaders" of
the Arizona Guard would prefer that. We'll see if the colonel gets
a better shake than say, a less well-connected sergeant, caught in the
same situation. And MCC will be sure
to let you know all about it.