Fighting for the truth . . . exposing the corrupt
CARLISLE BARRACKS CAPERS
April 15, 2002
From the considerable feedback we get from our many readers, we know they just love to read about our Rogues Gallery of characters, at Carlisle Barracks. From THE BULLY and DICKIE WIGGLEBOTTOM, to the now-departed CHAMELON and CHUCKIE CHEESE, the war crimes expert.
Well, now we have a NEW member to induct, and this fellow really does deserve a dunce cap. Hes none other than LTC Jim MacNeil, known to many CAPERS readers as the bumbling PAO. Now he can be called the stupid PAO. We hereby declare - from henceforth, on these pages, we shall refer to him by his new name THE DUMMY.
Heres why. What PAO with a DINFOS diploma would be so DUMB as to call up a civilian reporter for a sizeable daily newspaper and inquire as to WHO that reporters military sources are on Carlisle Barracks?
We can understand THE DUMMYs frustration at his inability to control the flow of news in the LTC Bartlett murder case, but only a moron would think any civilian reporter worth his salt would rat out his sources to an officer so obviously seeking to hunt down and punish them.
One of the jobs of a PAO (Public Affairs Officer, for you civilian readers) and this writer knows full well what that job entails is to foster good relations with the local media. Sure, you can spin the news. Thats expected. But do it with a smile. Dont be heavy-handed and a dunce and think you can make reporters give up sources as easily as an LTC can browbeat a PFC. Get real!
Fortunately for Carlisle Barracks, the reporter is a very nice guy. And while amazed at THE DUMMYs actions, hes highly professional and wont let the incident in any way affect his always incisive and fair reporting of events on the post.
We know Gen. Ivany - the best Commandant in many a year - reads us regularly. So, Sir, dont you think its time you got a new PAO? At least one with enough smarts not to embarrass the command, or who badmouths MilitaryCorruption.com on Carlisle Barracks? MacNeil even unknowingly complained about MCC to one of our deep cover CIs, who reported it right back to us.
Heres hoping THE DUMMY learns his lesson, like the one we taught him earlier about censorship. The light colonel may be more valuable to the Army in Supply or the Motor Pool somewhere he cant stub his toe in public.
Time does fly. It seems like yesterday
the multi-talented LTC Thomas Ty Smith landed at Carlisle Barracks.
This published author and top-notch writer was tasked with the unenviable job
of returning respect to the position of garrison commander.
Smiths predecessor, an obnoxious loudmouth known as THE SCREAMER, had made enemies all over post. A rude and none-too-bright light colonel, THE SCREAMER flourished during the dark days of PATHETIC BOBBYs regime. Theres an old saying the fish rots from the head down and with an equally-offensive boss, the former garrison commander thought he could operate with impunity.
The Army leadership actually made a GOOD decision, in fact a GREAT one, when they sent Gen. Robert Ivany to Carlisle Barracks. That was as clear a message as could be that the old way of doing things was on the way OUT. Along with CHUCKIE CHEESE and some other deadwood.
Well, we have to tell you that a new garrison commander will be coming to the Barracks in July. It is a routine transfer of power, but we hope that the highly-respected LTC Smith soon will be COL Smith and a student at the Army War College.
We are sure the vast majority of the military and civilians on post join MilitaryCorruption.com in a heartfelt SALUTE to this fine officer. THANKS for all you did to restore dignity to Carlisle Barracks. God bless you.
WHO IS THE ALLEGED OVER-PAID AND UNDER-PRODUCTIVE
FEMALE CIVILIAN SECURITY MANAGER ON THE GARRISON WHOS SMARTING BECAUSE
TRADOC TORPEDOED HER EARLY RETIREMENT BONUS OF $25,000?
TOO BAD, IF THAT MONEY WENT TO SETTLE RON MEIERS AGE DISCRIMINATION CASE AGAINST CARLISLE BARRACKS.
would like your help in finding a date and location for the annual summer reunion
of the Battlin Brothers clan. We hear this year might be an
event to remember! The boys Bill and Jim should have
all the memorabilia from the feuding days at Carlisle Barracks on
display. Maybe we should send a reporter and photographer to cover the event.
Our readership would expand even more at the Barracks if we could get our mitts on the Polaroid snapshots these two guys found time to take as they fought their way up the DPW totem pole.
Remember the great PIX of the Chief Government Inspector getting a trailer hitch welded to his personal POV on the parking lot of Anne Ely Hall by a government contractor no less? Were a family web site, so we wouldnt publish alleged photos of Bill and the Bony Blonde Bombshell in back of the steam plant. Veteran government workers sure miss the cute but embarrassing memorabilia the two boys used to leave around in plain view when they were scrapping with each other.
Like the one last year after Bill promised to protect Jim from the coming A-76 by declaring his job an essential government function. Instead Jim was the FIRST one to go! Were willing to bet the two HARPIES would do most anything to get a gander at some of this dirt. How about it, girls?
PEE WEE HERMAN, the weasel who conspired with the CHAMELON
and the RUG MERCHANT to violate regulations and rubber-stamp an illegal OER
on a targeted field-grade, remains thoroughly despised by several of his key
And no wonder.
We hear that PEE WEE is trying to cut a deal to save himself from the coming A-76. Were told he has proposed the Army eliminate his military staff and protect all civilian positions including, of course, his own! Hes pretty slimy, and may be able to sell it, but insiders arent sure. They say even if he succeeds with his plan, PEE WEE is still in big trouble because all his best staffers with years of know-how are leaving for reasons of their own.
CONGRATULATIONS to Jim McNally, senior
post photographer and our favorite cancer survivor, on his promotion to a senior
level war college post. Lets hope his civil service grade protects him
as his fellow employees brace for the impending reduction in force at the Computer
Information Office (CIO).
Jim owes his life to a loving sister in Pittsburgh. She not only donated her bone marrow, but took him into her home for more than a year as he sought treatment at the best medical center in America.
The work of a photographer at the war college is not a cake walk, as you might expect. Besides asking Generals to say cheese, guys like Jim can be called out in the middle of the night to photo shoot the office of some poor shmuck whos being set-up for charges. In his long career, he has sometimes photographed pairs of panties found in an officers desk drawer although we trust, not the pair inscribed to PATHETIC BOBBY by a long-departed deputy commandants wife.
We hear FLATHEAD (see last months column) is still smarting after we humiliated him and his obnoxious wife in these pages. Well, he better wise up and stop mouthing off, because he made a lot of enemies on Post when he had that soft job he screwed up. Weve got all kinds of ammo to throw at him.
TOMMY-BOY is laying low in
the wake of the arrival of a new boss at MHI. Hes not his usual nasty
self. It doesnt look good to be written up in CAPERS, you know. We are
read regularly at the Pentagon, and officers even ex-officers like TOMMY-BOY
do themselves no good when their excesses are chronicled before an audience
of readers from 95 countries and every U.S. military installation here and overseas.
Word is the new Director this one is fully-qualified to hold the position does NOT encourage visits to his office by the knee-pad brigade. That should come as a shock to under-performers who, up until now, have gotten away with incompetence based on how well they sucked up to the boss.
Speaking of bosses, what a pathetic sight it is to see the de-fanged BULLY wandering around on Post with no power and a few days left to run out the clock. We hear all his efforts to land a cushy civilian job have failed. Well, we dont want to be heartless, and we certainly appreciate the fact THE BULLY told THE TWO-LEGGED RAT: It is an HONOR to be written up in the CARLISLE BARRACKS CAPERS.
Were glad you like it, colonel. So how about joining us in your retirement? Come out to sunny Arizona. You wont have a palatial luxury home and fancy car like the editor-in-chief. There will be no time to lie around in the swimming pool. Well put you right to work in the job that CHUCKIE CHEESE passed up. Office Boy! It pays $300 a week plus benefits, including a great Phoenix location. Were right close to the NASCAR track and a liquor store.
Always on the trail of NEPOTISM at Carlisle Barracks, weve
found that some well-connected women on Post have been successful in looking
out for their otherwise- unemployable mates. The HARPY from DRM is married to
a cash-strapped bartender from Perry County. This guy got a cushy job at the
Golf House as a part-time NAF employee. However, other workers complain the
loafer pulls down more overtime than the golf pro! The
other HARPY likes to twist the arms of small business contractors to hire her
retired MP hubby as day labor or a security consultant.
Our most colorful account of NEPOTISM involves a certain Big Mama from DPW. You might mistake this lady for a street vendor peddling cheap imitation Indian jewelry through Smurf Village. Our much-married civilian manager used to show up on a friends front porch at 0300 hours all bloodied and bruised by beatings from the violent men she was attracted to. However, things seem to be going better for her these days.
All she has to worry about is keeping a certain someone on the Barracks payroll. Having failed as a shipyard laborer, electricians helper, and fireman, this character is currently holding down a job as Energizer Bunny for CIO. Hes supposed to check and maintain the batteries. As things look now, he may be lucky if he can hold onto that job when the A-76 contractor takes over. Neither DPW or the Fire Department want him back.
BULLETIN: WE HEAR THAT SOME OF THE BRIGHTER AND HIGHER-CLASSIFIED CIO WORKERS ARE THINKING OF HIRING A LAWYER AND CONTESTING ALLEGED RIGGED BIDDING IN THE A-76 CONTRACT AWARD OF THEIR JOBS TO A PRIVATE FIRM FOR COMPUTER SUPPORT WORK AT CARLISLE BARRACKS. IF EVIDENCE EMERGES THAT WRONGDOING OCCURED, WE INVITE THESE DISPLACED WORKERS TO CONTACT MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM.
A hearty CONGRATULATIONS to the new officers
of the AFL-CIO Firefighters Union at Carlisle Barracks President Eddie
Beam, VP Jim Zipfel, and Secretary Doug Henschel. And a well-done
to the out-going officers. We ask all 12 firemen to pull together
as a TEAM and back these guys up! We also recommend you fellows reach out across
the Post and work to improve conditions in departments beyond your own.
This writer still proudly carries in his wallet his AFL-CIO card (Newspaper Guild of New York, Local 3) although its been some years since readers read his well-known byline in a famous New York newspaper. Millions more got to see it on a famous world-wide wire service.
Things have much improved under the new Commandant. But we know that past problems at the Barracks resulted from managements skill at fragmenting employee representation on Post and playing competing employee groups against each other. Frankly, we think affiliation with the AFL-CIO should have done even more for government workers. Its not comforting for wage earners to see union officials, when they do show up, driving a white Lincoln Continental.
For a good demonstration of TEAMWORK and COOPERATION, we direct you, dear reader, up the road to the Navy Depot. Our CIs there have uncovered a story of huge proportions in the Fleet Materials Support Organization that has lead to the downfall of the senior SES employee in that command. The Navy brass in Philadelphia singled out 21 employees in FMSO for big financial awards for superior performance. However, when the SES got the money, were told she used it for another purpose, NOT awards!
Well, some e-mail passed between Philadelphia and Mechanicsburg and the bargaining unit employees sent an Unfair Labor Practice complaint to Al Gordon in the Boston office of FLRA. As a result, the 21 affected government workers will now receive $11,000 each, including punitive damages. As for the SES, she gets a quick lateral transfer.
Yes, we know all about the clean sweep at Dunham
Clinic and the much-needed removal of the Chief of Nurses there. The story is
so detailed and interesting, were giving it to one of our writers to do
up as a separate story. If only the walls at Dunham could talk!
Okay, heres a hint. Well tell you about the day CHUCKIE CHEESE went ballistic and why. Check in with MilitaryCorruption.com on a daily basis so you wont miss anything.
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