Former President Barack Obama issued pardons and commutations at a historic clip, eclipsing the number of issued by any prior president. To date, Obama issued 1,385 commutations and 212 pardons. While Obama issued more pardons, presidents have been exercising this constitutional power dating back to President George Washington, who issued pardons for two men convicted for their roles in the Whiskey Rebellion. This executive power has been used by almost every president thereafter.
Senior Airman Brandon T. Wright wasfound not guilty of sexual assault in October. That brought to an end a case that has been languishing in the military justice system for over three years. About the only positive thing that can be said about this case is that it is over.
On Jan. 15, 2014, TMZ published eight photographs of Marines burning the bodies of purported Iraqi insurgents. Without unveiling its source, TMZ stated the photographs were taken in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. TMZ received a total of 41 photographs of the incident, but did not publish all of them, stating, “Many are just too gruesome.” The photographs were all turned over to investigators at the Department of Defense prior to publication.
Last week, the Senate failed to pass the Military Justice Improvement Act by a vote of 50-94. For the second year in a row, the act fell short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster in the Senate.
Among the Marine Corps’ leadership traits, commonly known as JJDIDTIEBUCKLE, is integrity, which I believe is the most important. Adherence to this leadership trait will ensure a successful career, both in and out of the military.
The new truck you purchased after deployment and now can’t afford, the credit card bills you only make the minimum payment on, and the mortgage payments you can’t afford, are all common experiences for many service members. Because of this mounting debt, now you have a debt collector calling at all hours, or worse calling your first sergeant, and you don’t know what to do.