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CARLISLE BARRACKS CAPERS
February 15, 2003
For the second time in three months, we must begin this edition of CAPERS on a sad note.
The Carlisle Barracks community has lost its highly respected Dean of the Army War College. COL Kevin R. Cunningham passed away suddenly at Carlisle Hospital.
His demise is a tragic loss to all who knew him. COL Cunningham was one of the most honorable men to ever serve on the Barracks. He was only 49.
At times like these, one asks oneself why good and decent officers such as COL Cunningham leave us early, while others slime that have infested the Barracks in recent years - continue to prosper and pollute the Earth.
The heartfelt sympathies of all the staff here at MilitaryCorruption.com go out to Kevins wife Linda and their daughter Kristen.
While we are on the subject of good and decent men, who could better fit that description than Carlisle Barracks beloved Command Sgt. Maj. Don Watkins?
This thoroughly honest man, who earned a reputation for standing up for his soldiers on post and lending a sympathetic ear to those suffering and in pain, is retiring soon, our CIs at post headquarters tell us.
Before he retires this Spring, please go up to him and tell him how much you APPRECIATE his leadership, integrity, and the hard effort he put in for many years to represent what is right, fair and just to all those stationed on Carlisle Barracks.
For AWC students that may not be that familiar with CSM Watkins, please go back and read the Carlisle Barracks BANNER, October 2002 (page 2) Command Reflections: Treat subordinates with dignity, respect. His words say a lot about the character of this outstanding soldier.
God bless you in your retirement, Don. You are a Christian who exemplifies what is it to live your faith, day-in, day-out. You will surely be missed.
How unfortunate it is, for every officer like COL Cunningham, or top-NCO such as CSM Watkins, Carlisle Barracks has been plagued by a band of misfits and lowlifes who have hurt the Armys image and brought nothing but dishonor and disgrace to their memory.
One of those PATHETIC BOBBY alleged to have an empty bottle in one hand and inscribed panties in the other is most remembered for his infantile temper tantrums and siccing one of his CID agents on the retired field-grade officer and now civilian editor-in-chief of this web site.
The bully-boy intimidation phone call BACKFIRED and was clumsy to say the least, but good training for future CID agents - if they could hear it - to learn what NOT to do and say. That is, if you want to stay out of trouble. You see - the whole conversation was captured on tape. Quite legal in this locale.
As one of our recurring villains were giving Bobbys pal THE BULLY a brief vacation from barbs for this month the egotistical PATHETIC BOBBY has made the news lately with fiendish good luck.
This so-called military historian, a legend in his own mind, who didnt end up on the Beltway selling used cars as many officers on the Barracks hoped he would, has parlayed his allegedly ghost-written book on the Gulf War into a lucrative contract with the FOX NETWORK.
Now we can see his ugly mug he looks many years older than he is on the TV screen. Why, he is a resident expert and talking head, for the news anchors who never served a day in uniform. He can easily buffalo them.
But do his network bosses know how much, or how little, PATHETIC BOBBY actually wrote in his much-ballyhooed book? We are told the tome was ghostwritten by a cadre of overworked and under-acknowledged Army staff officers.
I tried to stay away from him, one of our many friends on the War College faculty told us. I knew he would task me with a burdensome writing assignment and then he would grab ALL the credit for himself.
We think the time has come to talk a hard look at the record of family employment at Carlisle Barracks. Can you spell N-E-P-O-T-I-S-M, boys and girls?
There have been some outstanding contributions by student spouses, while the other half gets a ticket punched at the War College, (one of the most infamous exceptions being a hen-pecked lieutenant colonel known as SIMON LEGREE who used to work at MHI), but the program has a downside as well.
Take the example of BIG BARNSMELL, who followed Steve DiDemenico at the old DCPA. Her husband, DADDY BARNSMELL is a retired warrant officer with a plush second career as a local hospital administrator. BABY-GIRL BARNSMELL carried on the family tradition of milking the service for everything it had to offer. When BABY-GIRL was a soldier stationed overseas, we are told, she would telephone garrison headquarters at 0600 to bully any staff on duty into asking the local phone operator to transfer the call to the family home. This worked very well for BABY-GIRL. The toll charges remained with the Army (and taxpayers), but BIG BARNSMELL got to talk with BABY-GIRL for hours for free!
When fellow garrison staff experienced rifled desks and stolen soda pop, not even the garrison commanders office was secure. Why did this happen on BIG BARNSMELLs watch? She was the building security manager and had a personal key.
One senior DCPA manager was her guardian and protector. He foolishly allowed her to work uncompensated overtime after the building closed. Is THIS how the snooping allegedly occurred?
After BIG BARNSMELL underwent extensive surgery, charitable co-workers hoped a more positive personality might emerge and that past behavior would be modified. But, alas, it was not to be.
The dumb LOUDMOUTH even promoted the snooper when he was garrison commander. He promoted many undeserving people when he held the reins of power. In fact he was alleged to have had his own form of entry. The Letort Club lost money big time at the Ocktoberfests, we are told, because this garrison commander and his pals came back at midnight to carry off any unconsumed beer kegs.
Post insiders are reeling from the latest personnel moves at the Department of Public Works. Alan Thompson, longtime director of the program, is being detailed for up to two years or more as the RCI liaison. He will preside over the privatization of the Carlisle Barracks housing program. His hand picked successor will be Safety and Environment Manager Tom Kelly.
Quite a move up the ladder for Tom, with a huge pay boost to boot, as he assumes the directors duties. We imagine everyone is happy with the arrangement except BATTLING BROTHER BILL, Alans long-time running-mate and confidant. Stay tuned, kids, as the sparks may soon fly!
The HARPIE from Dillsburg is hanging on and fighting hard to keep her job as frustrated officers in the A wing squirm. We hear she and her attorney have filed a questionable workers compensation claim, alleging the investigations she faces have produced severe headaches (no kidding!) and an alleged nervous breakdown. Hi, Brenda.
If she keeps up this charade long enough, MG Ivany may be retired. Then she can hope a new commandant will let the disciplinary action slide. We know this lady has produced GENUINE nervous breakdowns among her female subordinates, so maybe she took enough notes on their real symptoms to be convincing in her current claims?
We dont think the portly, parachuting prosecutor he sure does need some PT - have dug far enough into this colorful federal career. We mean not only the Colpo investigation some time back, but also Fred Buccis thorough and comprehensive EEOC report on Ms. Dillsburgs harassment techniques towards subordinates.
How about the candid sworn testimony our old friend Alan Thompson gave on what kinds of behavior he observed from the infamous HARPIE?
Perhaps the most telling incident regarding fitness for duty occurred when a former commandant, THE HERO OF GRENADA and his wife were attending a social event at the Letort Club. The booze flowed freely. When the general and his lady got up to leave, Ms. Dillsburg preceded them to the front door. As she staggered before them, she passed out and fell across the doorway. Both the commandant and wife were then obliged to step over the womans 249 pounds of pickled cellulite. The general should have imposed discipline the next day, but this failed leader didnt do anything. Maybe he figured it wouldnt be politically correct.
Our other news from the contracting office concerns the heart-breaking home-wrecker of Carlisle Barracks, a.k.a the Bony Blond Bombshell. This GS-09 tries to tell the garrison commander how to do his job and amuses co-workers by putting incoming calls on the speakerphone so that all may laugh at and ridicule the poor folks who need help with purchasing orders. Her full-time interest, however, is the year-round hunting season for an 0-6 pension. We hear that she has just sent a certain colonel home to tell his wife and family that he doesnt want to be married anymore.
The CAPERS wishes to recognize a changing of the guard in the non-appropriated fund program which supports soldiers on post. Bill Foster (USA ret.) replaces Dave Stine at the award-winning Bowling Center and Luis Mora is doing great work, our CIs tell us, as manager of the Skill Development Center. Both men have been noted for outstanding customer service accomplishments. Two more reasons why Carlisle Barracks is still, despite a handful of losers, a great place to serve.
The incredible flap over $265 for the Dunham nurses uncollected union dues has FINALLY come to a resolution. On the eve of a judges ruling that would have humiliated the Civilian Personnel Office, the pompous, portly major running the JAG office More PT needed to pass the APFT has waved a white flag, or should we say thrown in the towel? The Army will have to pay the union $265 in the next 45 days. Inquiring minds want to know WHY so much administrative time and expense went into such a no-brainer issue? Is it because the hapless JAG could use a few more brains himnself, or is he just a victim of circumstance?
We hear that a popular and attractive young wife of
a retired colonel, with two kids to her credit, was (genuinely) sexually
harassed at Carlisle Barracks. We point out it was REAL, to differentiate
between the genuine thing and a spurious charge used as a means to destroy a
The perpetrator in this case, we are told, is a MAJ GRUMBLE, who has a particularly obnoxious wife. This much disliked officer can be the nicest guy one minute and then turn around to be the most arrogant, nasty, jerk the next, says one of our Collins Hall CIs.
The harassment began back in 1999, under PATHETIC BOBBYs failed tenure. How typical! It was one thing after the other with this pompous brass hat. That was a big part of the reason Bobby had to go out the door as a two-star. His schemes and dreams of wearing three stars were undercut by his own mismanagement and behavior.
GRUMBLEs repeated harassment its not what you do, its who you know eventually led to a slow-moving EEO case with expensive consequences for the Army. The lady victim gets to retire early with a five-figure financial settlement. She obviously had a strong case.
And the tom-catting major must leave the Army soon despite the stubborn support of his patron, LTC Gordon Thigpen III. Our CIs report the REMTECH CORP (more on them next month when we blast THE DUMMY, he just retired) offered the female victim a well-paying job in the newly-privatized computer operations center, which she declined.
We have been very frank in our admiration for the generally fine job that Gen. Ivany has done as Carlisle Barracks best commandant in many years. Of course, following Chilcoat and Scales, there was only one way to go UP.
Last month we strongly recommended the Pentagon keep Ivany on the job and give him his much-deserved third star. Unfortunately, we didnt take into account our great unpopularity down there where flunkies are detailed to monitor MCC on a daily basis. Some of our best CIs come out of that building, but thats another story. Apparently our strong endorsement of Gen. Ivany had the opposite effect intended. He will now be retiring, we are told.
But MilitaryCorruption.com cannot take ALL the blame for this fine general going out to pasture. Someone very close to the general rubbed too many people the wrong way and THAT, more than any deserved praise we had for the man who cleaned up Carlisle Barracks, figured in the end to his military career.
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