U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan U. Kledzi
Here's a rundown of some recent military mischief:
A Marine brigadier was removed from his job for talking like a dumbass.
The skipper of the USS Somerset, an amphibious transport dock ship, got the heave-ho after command climate concerns surfaced. He previously had been the XO so this was not a situation where he failed to understand a new ship.
Two Marine Corps Reserve officers and a Border Patrol supervisory agent ran a financial shell game that defrauded the Corps. I don’t understand what happened, but apparently the jury in a federal court in San Diego did, as all three were convicted. “Jurors heard evidence that Skinner’s accomplices, former U.S. Marine Corps reservist Maj. Jason Wild and former Lt. Col. Michael Strom, defrauded the Marine Corps out of $205,628 between 2006 and 2010.”
Interesting comment from Army Lt. Col. Daniel Sukman in the March issue of ARMY: “the military should highlight the moral and ethical failures of senior leadership before exposure by media or adversary groups.”
In another article in the same issue, retired Army Lt. Col. Pete Kilner makes a similar point, writing that, “the Army is not the CIA. Its operations should be open to public debate and accountable to the American people.”
In short, this is a stupid move by the Navy, and its leaders should be ashamed of themselves. FWIW, this also decreases civilian control. If I were a member of an Armed Services committee, I’d rap some knuckles on this one.
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.
Vice President Mike Pence repeated President Donald Trump's claim that "ISIS has been defeated" in Syria on Wednesday just hours after several U.S. service members were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.
Soldiers, family and community gathered in Morehead City to render honors and witness the transfer and memorial of U.S. Army Sgt James Slape Nov. 9-11, 2018. Slape will hold a temporary resting place in Morehead City before ultimately moving to Arlington Cemetery. Slape supported Operations Resolute Support and Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt Leticia Samuels, North Carolina National Guard)
An ISIS suicide bomber killed four Americans in Manbij, Syria, on Wednesday.