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LATEST CARLISLE BARRACKS CAPERS
June 20, 2002
We begin this 18th consecutive monthly edition of the CAPERS on a sad note. COL Ralph Perrys untimely demise has shocked the Carlisle Barracks community. He was a highly respected and well-liked officer, and as far as we knew, physically fit. That a heart attack brought him down while he was doing his daily run was totally unexpected.
The entire staff of MilitaryCorruption.com and all our many CIs on Carlisle Barracks wish to extend to Kathy and the family our sincerest condolences.
Our other loss is personal. Our beloved Chairman of the Board, retired Gen. Peter E. Genovese, Jr., a graduate of the U.S. Army War College back in the 1980s, has passed away after a courageous battle against leukemia.
The editor-in-chief, his former military aide and longtime confidant, has penned a tribute to this great man on our home page, which we urge all of you to read. By the time you have done so, you will see why flag officers like Gen. Genovese will be forever honored and respected for their decency and integrity while pygmies like the Hero of Grenada and Pathetic Bobby will always be known for their failures and flawed leadership.
Speaking of Pathetic Bobby, and what an appropriate label THAT is, this mean-tempered former commandant was even more obnoxious and abusive than we realized.
Since we printed the embarrassing, but TRUE revelations about a courageous civilian worker on Carlisle Barracks that witnessed Pathetic Bobby at his screaming, childish worst and filed a violence in the workplace complaint on him as a result, we have been contacted by others who have had similar observations of churlish behavior on the generals part. We know Bobby (famed for a certain pair of inscribed panties) reads CAPERS regularly. So what do you say, general? Want to see some more of your CAPERS in print, or have you had enough?
And we thought WE were primarily responsible for youre NOT getting a third star! Actually, if you want to know who is really responsible, take a good look in the mirror. You would have been ahead of the game back then, to have recognized your failings and taken an anger management course. Maybe that might have helped. Too late now.
We dont mean to brag, but our intensive, ahead of all the other media coverage of the Bartlett murder case at Carlisle Barracks, drove a certain bumbling PAO, now known everywhere on post as THE DUMMY, to complete distraction. Every single fact we first reported on these pages, checked out as 100% accurate.
The DUMMYs ham-handed attempts to stonewall the civilian media didnt exactly help public relations with the local community. Maybe thats why they, and even one of the major networks, contacted us to get the inside lowdown on what really happened.
We wonder if Carlisle Barracks outstanding Commandant, Gen. Robert Ivany, knows that THE DUMMY has detailed one female secretary in Root Hall to monitor MilitaryCorruption.com every day. Whats the matter, DUMMY? Dont you know how to click on to our site yourself? Are you so spooked by our revelations, you cant wait to know how to fashion your spin control? So far, youre doing a poor job of it. The general would be well advised to look for a new PAO.
Intense Spring rains have made the Barracks grass grow. The Griffin guys and gals are out mowing yards even as it rains. But try as they might, they just dont have the same incentive as the DPW workers they replaced. Those guys literally fought for the chance to run a lawn mower in back of Quarters 2.
Those were the days when the then-deputy commandants young wife a certain Mrs. M would sunbathe with her top removed. When the noise of an approaching mower would come near, the mischievous lass would rise up and put a hand above her eyes for shade to see who might be coming near.
Even Alan Thompson and his pal Bill Lewis found at least two great reasons to jog by Quarters 2 on their noon run. Seeing parts of this colonels wifes anatomy became a regular thing on the Barracks remember the time she sat on Santas lap with no underwear on at the Christmas Party, or the above mentioned incident with the inscribed panties left in the LVCC Sports Bar? Pathetic Bobby wont soon forget.
Congratulations to Mrs. Becky Rynard, the well-respected and plain spoken lady from the Contracting Office. She landed a great job at the Navy depot up the road, which should put her career back on track. Becky endured a lot of abuse and mistreatment at the hands on one of the two HARPIES at Carlisle Barracks. Now she will be working for real professionals in the Navy procurement system.
While we are on the subject of HARPIES, our CIs at TRADOC tell us that the over-paid one a GS-13 has received yet another failed report card on the management of her office at the Barracks. Maybe shell dust off the kneepads now and try and save her skin that way. It reportedly worked in the past.
As long as we are handing out kudos, Ken Thompson should get in line. Insiders tell us that he is doing a super job at DCA. He can make decisions on the spot that hold up and he knows the right answers when the NAF managers ask questions or evaluate problems. Ken has applied for the directors job and we think he is an excellent choice.
LOOK OUT GUYS AND GALS ON THE GATES! The new beefed up civilian force may soon be a faded memory. Sen. Phil Graham of Texas your protector in the past is retiring from Congress. No effort was made by lawmakers to block a massive A-76 of civilian security forces in DOD. In fact, the newly passed DOD funding bill specifically opens the door for such an effort.
These guards are too new to federal service and unskilled in mounting a sophisticated appeal to any A-76 decision. The guard force is formally represented by Local 2004 of AFGE, but not a single guard is willing to pay dues to a union that is alleged to have failed to represent them properly in the past.
Some of the newer employees are touting the Fraternal Order of Police as a bargaining representative. It would take a skilled organizing drive and an FLRA-supervised election to oust the people in New Cumberland who control the AFGE AFL-CIO union. Good luck folks no one wants to see Rent-a-Cops on the gates at Carlisle Barracks.
We never thought wed miss THE BULLY. His obnoxious attitude and foul-mouthed tirades are well-known at MHI. But lets face it. The guy was great copy. A newspapermans dream.
Maybe we ought to thank a former commandant, Pathetic Bobby, for saving his fellow ring-knockers hash after that hushed-up drunken driving incident in town. If the 28 years of commissioned service and still a LTC loser had been dumped back then, we would have been deprived of a lot of interesting stories in the meantime.
Several of our CIs who attended THE BULLYs going-away party report the colonel actually opened his wallet and went all out at the LVCC Club. He paid for a carver, turkey, rolls, vegetable trays, chicken fingers, meatballs, and small hot dogs with bar-be-que sauce.
Thanks to the BULLYs generosity, revelers (who actually were celebrating his departure MORE than he may have realized) happily consumed two _ -sized kegs of beer and 9 carafes of wine.
Very few of the MHI staff attended. Mostly he attracted his own family and a few people around post who are always ready to scarf up free food. THE BULLYs pal, THE DUMMY, turned out some of his staff. Birds of a feather do flock together.
While were on the subject of MHI, why is it that the number two spot is almost always filled by a complete JERK? Weve written about SIMON LEGREE (and his Hillary-like wife, rumored to be even nastier and difficult to work with than he) in the past. Thankfully, simple SIMON will soon be history as the Army, apparently desperate for 0-6 engineer officers, is kicking this dunce up the ladder. Hes Korea-bound, and not a moment too soon.
But hes not leaving without pulling some more stunts that earned him his moniker and the enmity of many who have unfortunately come in contact with him and his obnoxious ways.
LEGREE will be leaving the Barracks after failing to execute a purchase order system to provide MHI with needed supplies. He can neither comprehend Inter-Library loans or understand why they should be an increased charge to the borrower. His sole accomplishment is securing performance awards for two upper level staffers who clean the break room and operate a members-only snack bar.
In fact, the old admin office in front of the elevator looks like a daily indoor picnic as LEGREEs minions stuff their boss with free meats, cheese and candy to gain his favor and have him overlook their short-comings like failing to post a price increase for historic photographs for three months! Lots of good-will generated for MHI that way!
This arrogant and sarcastic officer also set an all-time record for expensive TDY while lower and mid-level staff were denied the opportunity to get basic training to properly do their jobs. LEGREE even caused the new MHI director, COL Skip Hall some major embarrassment recently. It had to do with wrongfully parking a vehicle on grass and some MPs that whispered into COL Halls ear. So typical of stupid SIMON LEGREE.
Carlisle Barracks has the best fire department of any military installation in the country. The hard-working fire fighters have to get by on a fraction of the budget they deserve.
Isnt it about time they were treated with more respect and concern? In these dangerous times, the fire department and their ability to do their job to maximum efficiency, may be the difference between life and death.
So when you see a fire fighter during the regular workday, people, please take a second to greet them and say THANK YOU for a job well done.
And speaking of a job well done, what can we say about COL Tim Harrod, except that this outstanding officer has done a very commendable job as chief-of-staff. We all will be sorry to see him go. You really appreciate a fine officer and human being like Tim when you stop to recall the surly war-crimes expert, Chuckie Cheese; a now-gone garrison commander nicknamed the SCREAMER (replaced by the multi-talented Ty Smith); and a deceitful and incompetent LTC at MHI, known as THE KENTUCKY RUG MERCHANT.
Good-bye and thanks, COL Harrod, but good riddance to the rest of that gang. Gen. Ivany did a good job of eliminating the drones and leaches from the previous regime.
How could we have a CAPERS without at least a mention of Dickie Wigglebottom? This mean-spirited martinet has shown his petty vindictiveness and prissy behavior once again. We cite the case of a fine lady, the departing Mary Rife, a senior member of the AWC staff.
Mary is as sweet as the apple pies that she baked annually and sold ON HER LUNCH HOUR to support her church. The only blemish on this fine womans record of outstanding government service was place there by who else? Dickie Wigglebottom.
He had nothing better to do than badger the head librarian with a specious charge that Mary was somehow violating federal law by contacting her pie customers on a government computer. Gee, we wonder why the hypocricy, Dickie-boy?
You seem to see nothing wrong with using government resources in your office to schedule and set-up lucrative speaking engagements at well-heeled Civil War Roundtable chapters throughout the nation. We hear the honorariums are substantial, and first class travel and plush hotel accommodations provided. Wonder how the taxpayers like them apples?
Well have MORE on Dickies great adventures in next months CAPERS. A hint: well tell-all about the nasty feud between Dickie and his onetime ally, TOMMY-BOY. Not the type of thing that will impress a new MHI director who comes to the job with a shovel to clean up the mess left by the previous two (failed) directors.
This edition of CAPERS closes with a tale (not tail) of MISS DILLSBURG. The HARPIE with the big caboose. Seems MISS DILLSBURG doesnt like to stick around post or keep her own time-card. That duty got passed on to the loyal understudy called the BONY BLONDE BOMBSHELL.
Now retired Garrison staff tell us that every two weeks the BOMBSHELL would bring in her bosss timecard with the statement: Well, you know she really didnt work those hours.
When LOUDMOUTH JERRY was garrison commander, those words fell on deaf ears. The story gets even better. Seems a certain bartender at the Trindle Inn (near the back gate) remembers our HARPIE as a Friday afternoon regular. With a smirk on his face he tells our CIs: She was hung over even before she parked her butt on the barstool. Thanks to certain controls instituted by garrison commander LTC Ty Smith, that behavior is no longer tolerated.
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