Pentagon Spokeswoman Allegedly Used Her Staff As Her Personal Entourage

Bullet Points
Dana White, the assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, and U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the Joint Staff director, brief the press at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., May 31, 2018.
DoD photo / Master Sgt. Angelita M. Lawrence.

Defense Secretary James Mattis carries his own luggage, picks up his own dry cleaning, and famously stood duty on Christmas so a Marine could spend the holiday with his family. In contrast, his spokesman is reportedly under investigation for treating her subordinates as servants and retaliating against anyone who complained.


  • CNN first reported on Tuesday that the Defense Department Inspector General’s Office is looking into whether Dana White told her staff to run errands for her, arrange for her personal hair and makeup artist to come to the Pentagon, and work on her mortgage paperwork.
  • White is also accused of transferring away staffers who lodged complaints about her.
  • White declined a request for comment from Task & Purpose on Tuesday. Charles Summers Jr., the No. 2 Pentagon spokesman, issued the following statement: “This is an ongoing review about which we cannot comment.”
  • After the CNN story broke, White tweeted a picture from Buenos Aires of Mattis apparently laughing with reporters who are accompanying him on a trip to South America.
  • Defense Department’s ethics standards prohibit Pentagon officials from using subordinates as entourages, but an increasing number of senior military leaders have been investigated for doing precisely that.
  • Former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven Giordano retired in June after being investigated for allegedly mistreating the sailors under his command, including pushing them to ask the Navy to give him a personal set of fine china for formal dinners at his home.
  • Marine Brig. Gen. Rick Uribe was reprimanded in July for using his personal aide to pick up his laundry, reserve equipment for him at the gym, and pay for his snacks (though he eventually reimbursed his aide).

WATCH NEXT:

Cpl. Erin Rachel Lilleyfogle (U.S. Marine Corps photo)

The pedestrian killed Friday night after being struck by a car in northern Beaufort County had stopped to help someone who was involved in an earlier crash, local officials said Monday.

The pedestrian has been identified as Erin Rachel Lilleyfogle, 23, Beaufort County deputy coroner David Ott said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

He said Lilleyfogle, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was a corporal at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

Read More Show Less

For U.S. service members who have fought alongside the Kurds, President Donald Trump's decision to approve repositioning U.S. forces in Syria ahead of Turkey's invasion is a naked betrayal of valued allies.

"I am ashamed for the first time in my career," one unnamed special operator told Fox News Jennifer Griffin.

In a Twitter thread that went viral, Griffin wrote the soldier told her the Kurds were continuing to support the United States by guarding tens of thousands of ISIS prisoners even though Turkey had nullified an arrangement under which U.S. and Turkish troops were conducting joint patrols in northeastern Syria to allow the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, to withdraw.

"The Kurds are sticking by us," the soldier told Griffin. "No other partner I have ever dealt with would stand by us."

Read More Show Less
Photo: Twitter

For an organization that is constantly shining a light on things that would rather be kept out of the public eye, the moderators of U.S. Army WTF! Moments have done a remarkably impressive job at staying anonymous.

That is, until Monday.

Read More Show Less

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has confirmed that a nightmare scenario has come to pass: Captured ISIS fighters are escaping as a result of Turkey's invasion of Kurdish-held northeast Syria.

Turkey's incursion has led to "the release of many dangerous ISIS detainees," Esper said in a statement on Monday.

Read More Show Less
ABC News anchor Tom Llamas just before his network airs grossly inaccurate footage

Video footage of a purported "bombing of Kurd civilians" by Turkish military forces shown on ABC News appeared to be a nighttime firing of tracer rounds at a Kentucky gun range.

Read More Show Less