A Comprehensive List Of Obama’s Misbehaving Senior Military Officers
Senior military leaders are supposed to behave in a manner that is morally above reproach. That, unfortunately, is not always the case. -Business Insider (2013)
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Air Force Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski allegedly sexually assaulted a woman.
Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus had an affair.
Army Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts got into a fight with his mistress.
Army Lt. Gen. David Holmes Huntoon Jr. abused his staff.
Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal trash talked Obama.
Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright allegedly had an affair.
Army Gen. “Kip” Ward misused thousands in government funds.
Marine Col. Daren Margolin accidentally shot a gun in his office.
Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina cheated at poker.
Army Maj. Gen. Ralph Baker was fired over sex and alcohol.
Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Gregg A. Sturdevant failed to secure his base from a Taliban attack in Afghanistan.
Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Carey misbehaved on an assignment.
Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Charles M.M. Gurganus neglected to implement security procedures that would have stopped a Taliban attack in Afghanistan.
Navy Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette made poor leadership decisions.
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We Bleed Too: Tony Bush, PTSD and the Discharge Status of Vietnam Veterans
The Oglala Lakota of the Pine Ridge Reservation, one of six recognized Lakota reservations, has, as a nation, been one of the more historically powerful avatars of the Native American experience in the United States, both in terms of the long-term struggle for cultural survival, and because of a warrior tradition that remains deeply ingrained in the tribe’s culture.
Despite the U.S. government having traditionally subjugated, marginalized, and even committed genocide against the Lakota, members of the Oglala nation have served in every branch of the service both before and since the Snyder Act (1924) and the Nationality Act of 1940 made Native Americans legal U.S. Citizens.
However, members of the Lakota who have served in the U.S. armed forces have been veterans of not just one kind of conflict, but two.
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Vietnam vet wins discharge upgrade in PTSD lawsuit
NEW HAVEN, CONN. — A Vietnam veteran who received the Bronze Star and later was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder will have his discharge status upgraded under a settlement with the U.S. Army, his representatives announced Monday.
John Shepherd Jr., a 66-year-old New Haven resident, said the Army agreed to resolve his lawsuit by upgrading his original other-than-honorable discharge to an honorable discharge. The change will allow Shepherd to receive disability benefits he had been denied, according to Yale Law School students who represented him.
Shepherd has said he battled alcoholism and struggled to stay employed for 40 years, but was not diagnosed with PTSD until 2004.
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Fort Sill soldier convicted of sexual misconduct with child
LAWTON — A military judge has found a Fort Sill soldier guilty of sexual offenses against a child, the fifth soldier from the Army post to be convicted of sexual misconduct with a child since July 2012. Sgt. Kristoffer R. Lenning was sentenced to 43 years confinement, reduction to the lowest rank and a dishonorable discharge.
The fort’s leaders have previously declined to comment on the number of such cases. However, in an emailed response Monday, a Fort Sill spokesman said “one assault is too many.”
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Sexual assaults not scaring off female recruits
Rep. Jackie Speier has been telling every academy recruit she meets and their parents the same thing for years — that sexual assault in the military is rampant. But not a single woman she’s talked to has ever changed her mind about joining.
“This is a $400,000 scholarship,” said Speier (D-Calif.) of the academy nominees. “On the one hand, they are weighing the savings to the family pocketbook, the extraordinary education and opportunities and then this potential risk — and I think they are expecting us to protect their daughters.”
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Breaking the chain: Sen. Gillibrand’s mission to change military policy on sexual assault
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is on a mission to change how the military prosecutes sexual assaults. She points to one statistic to explain why: 60 percent of those who reported sexual assaults last year were retaliated against by their superiors. “The victims tell us over and over again that they don’t trust the chain of command,” Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, told “The Fine Print.”
Gillibrand is calling for removing sexual assault cases from the chain of command, so decisions on whether to try such cases would be made by military prosecutors, not commanders.
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Attorney: Glen Burnie shooting was self-defense
A Glen Burnie man acted in self-defense when he shot and killed another man he suspected of having an affair with his wife, his attorney said Monday.
At a bail hearing for Matthew Pinkerton, 34, attorney Peter O’Neill said the victim, Kendall Green, broke into Pinkerton’s home on Arbor Drive just before 2 a.m. Sunday after being told repeatedly to leave. Green, also of Glen Burnie, acted aggressively and motioned toward his waistband as if he had a weapon, O’Neill said.
Pinkerton shot Green once in the chest from 10 to 15 feet away, but Green continued to advance toward him, his wife Jessica and two friends who were at the house, O’Neill said. That’s when Pinkerton shot him again. He died at the scene.
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Veterans Expelled From U.S. For Minor Crimes Fight Deportations
Mark A. Reid of New Haven, 49, spent six years in the Army Reserve before his honorable discharge in 1990 and still speaks about being “willing to die for this country.” Now he sits in a Massachusetts jail, facing deportation to his native Jamaica because of four drug convictions including sale of narcotics and possession of heroin. Last November, immigration officers moved Reid – who came to the U.S. at age 14 — to Immigration Custody from the Brooklyn, CT jail where he was serving time for what he described as “a $30 drug sale.’’
The two men are among what veterans’ advocates say is a growing number of noncitizen military veterans who are being deported for crimes for which they served time years earlier.
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Rachel Poole, Pregnant Wife, Brutally Stabbed At Home As Soldier Husband Watches On Video Chat
A soldier stationed overseas watched in horror as his pregnant wife was stabbed in her home while the two chatted on video.
Rachel Poole, 31, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after a man who was allegedly hiding in the home stabbed her multiple times in Texas on Wednesday. Poole was nine months pregnant at the time. Police say Corey Bernard Moss stabbed Poole from behind with a stainless steel knife, according to KFOX.
During the attack, her husband, Justin Pele Poole, an American soldier stationed thousands of miles away in Asia, saw the attack unfold as the two talked over FaceTime, according to ABC15.
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Millington Naval Base Shooting: Two Soldiers Shot, Gunman In Custody, Officials Say (UPDATE)
A gunman shot several people near a U.S. Navy base in Millington, Tenn., authorities say. Fox13 reports that an employee of the base was relieved of duty today and is suspected of shooting at random people after going to his car. The suspect, an Army National Guardsman, is in custody, the Navy reported in a press release. Two National Guard soldiers were treated for non-life threatening injuries, and NBC News reports that one was shot in the leg and another was shot in the foot. The Navy also reported that there “is not an active shooter situation.” The attack took place near an area called Naval Support Activity Midsouth:
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