COMMANDER OF 172ND INFANTRY BRIGADE
FIRED - COL FRANK ZACHAR RELIEVED OF
COMMAND - CSM ROBERT FRENCH TO BE
RE-ASSIGNED - NO "OFFICIAL" REASON GIVEN
BUT MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM LEARNS
FRICTION BETWEEN WIVES AND ZACHAR'S
"MICRO-MANAGEMENT STYLE" HURT MORALE
NICKNAME "THE FUHRER" SAYS SCHWEINFURT
BASED SOLDIER - "MEDIA-HOUND" ANOTHER
G.I. SAYS - "YOU EITHER LOVE OR HATE HIM"
BIZARRE WEB PAGE "SOLICITATION" MAY ALSO
HAVE UNDERCUT HARD-CHARGING COLONEL
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The top brass aren't talking about just why COL Frank Zachar was relieved of command of the Schweinfurt-based 172nd Infantry Brigade. Just the usual "lost confidence in his ability to lead," boiler-plate, but no details. That's why you folks come here. You know, sooner or later, we'll dig out the real reason. As of press time, the Army TIMES is still AWOL on this story.
Well, when the e-mail starts pouring in here, like it did when Navy Capt. Holly Graf got the boot, we know there are problems. And it seems Zachar had plenty.
The hard-charging colonel had come to Germany from the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks. He'd been in charge just seven months before the hammer dropped. Now he can kiss his chances of making general good-bye. In fact, he might be putting in his papers for retirement before the month is out.
"WE GET LETTERS, LOTS OF LETTERS" . . . (ON ZACHAR)
"With Zachar, you either love him or hate him," says one writer. "If you suck up and become one of his favorites, you'll do fine. But basically, soldiers are just cattle to him. He uses us to get to where he wants to go next."
Another NCO cited the colonel's alleged "micro-management" style. "He and French (CSM Robert French) never let non-coms do their jobs. It was obvious they didn't give a shit about the troops," an SFC griped. Apparently this beef isn't new. We heard the same thing from soldiers who served in the 1-16 Infantry at Fort Riley, back when then-LTC Zachar was battalion commander and his top sergeant was French.
The most interesting INTEL, however, came from a captain who guesses "friction between Michelle Zachar (said to wear her hubby's rank) and French's wife, may have ignited a powder keg. "That woman (Mrs. Zachar) was a monster, just hell to deal with." He also complained the colonel seemed obsessed with how many times he got his photo in the paper. "Media hound" was the complaint we got from several disgruntled troopers in Germany.
THE COLONEL AS "STRUGGLING ARTIST"
One possible aspect to the case is a bizarre web page - probably yanked down by now - that allegedly contained a weird "solicitation" that would make one wonder, frankly, if Col. Zachar is nuts.
"AS A STRUGGLING ARTIST, MY FAMILY AND I DEPEND ON THE GENEROSITY OF INDIVIDUALS IN THE COMMUNITY, LIKE YOU, TO PROVIDE ITEMS FOR US . . . SINCE 2010, MY ART HAS HELPED INSPIRE MANY PEOPLE. MORE THAN HALF OF THOSE INSPIRED ARE MY CHILDREN.
WE ACCEPT ALL NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS IN UNOPENED CONDITION . . . SOME OTHER REQUESTED ITEMS ARE . . . CLOTHING . . . WE ALSO ACCEPT CHECKS."
Hello? It's just dandy the colonel fancies himself a virtual Van Gogh, but surely the man makes enough money, between his fat paycheck and substantial COLA allowance, that he doesn't have to lean on those less fortunate financially to fill his bank account. The inference is there. That you can "get in good" with the boss if you just buy one of his art works or contribute food, clothing or checks. What could he have been thinking?
So, in the final analysis, maybe one of the undisclosed reasons the Army cashiered Col. Zachar was because he wasn't playing with a full deck. It's been known to happen. Whatever the reason for his sudden flameout and career-ending relief of command, the 23-year Army veteran will have plenty of time on his hands for "artwork" in the near future.