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CORRUPTION IN THE NATIONAL GUARD
NEW MEXICO ADJUTANT GENERAL
SACKED - MISSISSIPPI AIR GUARD WING
COMMANDER DUMPED - IN WAKE OF
MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS – SEX AND
FRAUD CHARGES REVEALED


Charges of an “improper relationship” with a female “subordinate” staff sergeant, have caused New Mexico’s Adjutant General, Randall Horn, to resign his post, while a colonel in the Mississippi Guard was discharged in the wake of fraud and racial discrimination charges.

Those who chronicle the frequent “goings-on” in the various state Guards are not surprised. “We would have thought the National Guard Bureau in Washington would have been able to cover up these allegations, like they’ve done so many times in the past,” an inside source told MilitaryCorruption.com.

But NGB and numerous National Guard “brass hats” have been stung lately by a continuing series of investigative articles in USA TODAY. Unlike U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, which quoted us and extended the professional courtesy of mentioning our website, USA TODAY reporter Dave Moniz is not exactly known for giving credit to those who go to great trouble to help him with his “research.” It’s so much easier to take all the credit yourself when you’re in pursuit of journalistic prizes.

If Moniz wangles something out of his articles for himself, his respected colleague Jim Drinkard should get some recognition too. He has always conducted himself in an honorable way, and is a credit to the newspaper profession.

SEX CHARGES IN NEW MEXICO

Gen. Horn wants everyone to know that his resignation “has nothing to do” with the allegations against him. Yeah, that’s the ticket!

We would be very interested to see what happens to the female in this case. Did Horn allegedly force his attentions on her, or does it take two to tango? Double-standards of justice are the rule, not the exception, in the National Guard.

A courageous retired Army lieutenant colonel got the ball rolling when he helped his nephew – the female sergeant’s husband – file charges against Horn.

It’s a safe bet that the general, if he’s guilty of having an affair with a married female enlisted member, retires with all his “bennies” intact.

But let’s say one of his New Mexico Guard “non-coms” did the same thing? Would the lowly sergeant have been afforded the chance to retire with no punishment? Or would he have lost his pension or gone to jail?

“PAYBACK” IN THE MISSISSIPPI GUARD

It happens all the time. An all-powerful, arrogant “brass hat” forces a good officer or NCO out of the Guard on trumped-up, false charges. And he gets away with the injustice – for a while.

In the case of Col. David Weaver, former commander of the Mississippi Guard’s 186th Air Refueling Wing, “payback” came in the form of complaints by several former pilots – Joe Bryant and Clarence Romero.

Both Weaver, and his predecessor at the 186th, Col. Oliver Warren, were hit with allegations of fraud and corruption.

An investigation revealed that Warren and Weaver looked the other way while records were falsified that the unit’s chemical and biological training was complete.

The probe also discovered that Weaver used “racial slurs” and cheated on military education exams.

Other problems, like unsafe storage of hazardous materials and running an “off-the-books” liquor store on base, sealed Weaver’s doom.

He was canned by New Mexico Guard Adjutant General, James Lipscomb.



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