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There are few things more offensive to the enlisted ranks than an officer having an affair with a NCO’s wife.

When that officer has been given a “NO CONTACT” order by his superiors, and then repeatedly “violates” that instruction, where does the wronged sergeant go for help – especially when the officer involved is a well-connected colonel, linked to last year’s Air Force “friendly fire” incident in Afghanistan?

The answer is this – that enlisted man reaches out to with documented proof of his charges. Copies of intimate e-mails between the wife and colonel; evidence the “no contact” order was issued; and eyewitness testimony by the “cuckold” NCO, as to his wife’s “inappropriate relationship” with the Air Force “flyboy.”

Air National Guard Staff Sgt. J. P. McGinley, who lives in the Washington, D.C. area, claims Air Force Col. David C. Nichols helped “break up” his marriage by ignoring an order from his then-commander, Brig. Gen. James Morehouse, not to have any further contact with the married woman.

[Nichols made news last year when he was presented with a formal letter of reprimand after an Air Force investigative board concluded his alleged lack of “leadership” contributed to the April 18 “friendly fire” deaths of four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan.]

In an exclusive interview with, McGinley said he “first became aware of the inappropriate behavior” in March of 2001.

“I filed an official complaint with Nichol’s commander, and he issued an order to the colonel not to contact my wife again. Also, Gen. Morehouse directed Nichols to telephone me. In that call, the colonel said he and my wife were just ‘good friends,’ and that he and his wife (also an Air Force officer) ‘didn’t get along,’ but were ‘staying together for the sake of the kids.’ It didn’t take long for him to break his word, the NCO claims.

“In July of 2001 I discovered that not only was Col. Nichols back in contact with my wife (via e-mail) but they were planning to see each other that August, unbeknownst to me! This was a direct violation of UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) article 94, violating a written order, plus it demonstrated Nichols is not a man of his word,” SSG McGinley said. has been provided with copies of e-mail traffic between Nichols and Mrs. McGinley that not only confirms violation of the “no contact” order, but indicates the two were eager to physically “get together.”

In one e-mail, the sergeant’s wife offers to send the colonel a picture of herself “in my new bikini,” saying she “looks good” in it. The messages also include seemingly coded phrases – such as each wanting to “ride” each other “all day.”

“When I confronted my wife about that,” McGinley said, “she admitted the connotation was sexual.”

In October 2002, according to the sergeant, Nichols made a further attempt to contact the non-com’s wife.

“It was at Fort McNair, where my wife’s sister – they look alike – works. She told me Col. Nichols startled her by calling out her sister’s name at her. Then, when he realized he was talking to the wrong woman, he asked my sister-in-law to be sure to tell my wife that ‘Dave Nichols said hello.’”

The frustrated NCO says he doesn’t know what to do, since the Air Force “seems to be protecting Nichols.”

McGinley says the fact he is an enlisted man and the colonel “has many high-placed friends” among the Air Force brass, makes it impossible for the sergeant to receive justice.

“If Col. Nichols had just stayed away from my wife, my marriage of six years might have been saved. But now, we are separated, and the split has emotionally hurt both my teen-age daughter and young son.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE: In the interest of fairness and equal time, this website offers Col. Nichols the same amount of space we have devoted to telling SSG McGinley’s story, to explaining his own actions.)


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