SON - WEST POINT CADET - BUSTED
With all that one has to do to gain admission to the Point, you would think young officers in the making wouldn't risk it all by stupidly using or selling drugs. But that's just what's happened in the latest scandal to engulf the institution.
No less than a three-star generals' son has been busted on drug charges. He's among six cadets - so far - to be nailed using cocaine. They were caught during a routine urine test. And one of them, Jordan Yeargain, just court-martialed on charges of using "coke" and selling it to fellow cadets, is headed for the federal penitentiary for a year, plus dismissal from the Army.
Timothy E. Turner, a Freshman, is the son of Lt. Gen. Thomas R. Turner of Ft. Sam Houston, Tex. While daddy is a West Point graduate, it's a cinch now his son won't be.
Also disgraced in the roundup were Cadets Bradley Simms, Troy Wilson and Ryan Pope. A sixth cadet, Daniel Stratton, was so crazed for drugs, he broke into another cadet's room and stole prescription pain medication belonging to that cadet.
Yes, we've come a long ways since the days of glory. "Political correctness" and lowered standards have taken their toll.
POINT GRAD, INFANTRY OFFICER 29 YEARS,
Which leads us to the subject of one of our favorite officers. Col. Mike "NO COMBAT" Colpo, the "chairBORNE RANGER" and present chief of staff at West Point.
We've done a lot of research on the Class of 1978, and we can't find a graduate other than "Mikey" who managed to avoid not only combat - despite his holding an Infantry officer commission, jump wings and wearing the Ranger tab - but even going overseas once in a span of nearly three decades!
Think of it! Jimmy Carter was President when Colpo became a 2LT. West Pointers have fought, and in many cases died, killed in action from Grenada and Panama to Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia, the first Gulf War and the present action in Iraq and Afghanistan. But where was the man Gen. Omar Bradley's former aide called on these pages, the "chicken" colonel (undoubtedly referring to the insignia of rank on his shoulders)? He was sleeping on soft, white sheets and getting three hot meals a day.
The furthest Colpo got from all the comforts of home was duty in Alaska. That's it. Six years on the colonels' assignment desk during two separate tours and plenty of prestige as student, garrison commander and chief of staff at the Army War College, but why is it that when it comes to "going into harm's way," this tough "ranger" hasn't "led a life of danger?" We guess only he can answer that.
Perhaps the cadets and faculty at West Point who may wonder why Colpo wears so little "salad" on his chest when he "dresses up" for the many social functions at the Academy, will ask him why he wears the Overseas Ribbon despite his never leaving the USA? Well, it's a technicality, folks. If you serve so many months up in cold, cold Alaska, the Army is generous and lets you wear a decoration that others have to actually go overseas for. A lousy rule, we agree, but, hey. We're not going to quibble. After all, Colpo has fewer ribbons that most junior NCO's at the academy. So we won't begrudge him that one.
Still, why is an officer with a record like that occupying the wartime position of chief of staff at West Point? Isn't there a combat-decorated, and possibly wounded 0-6 out there who's done several overseas tours of duty and is more deserving of such a plum job? Certainly the cadets need inspiration and perhaps someone to look up to who's graduated from the Point and paid back the taxpayers for his good fortune (and free education) by sticking his neck out once in a while. That would be a better choice, don't you think?
We like Colpo, even though we're glad we (combat veterans) don't have a record like his hanging around our neck. You can't be charged with libel unless you willfully lie and misrepresent someone's - say - military background. And Mikey knows we are "dead on" accurate about what he's done, or failed to do, over the past 30 years. We write these words more in sorrow than in anger. Sadness that the hallowed halls of West Point no longer ring with the footsteps of the giants of the past.
We would be more than happy to print any comments on "leadership" Col. Colpo would wish to dispense. We offer our old pal equal space here on MilitaryCorruption.com to "sound off" and to remind the U.S. Military Academy of what a fierce warrior now occupies one of its highest positions of authority.
TO BECOME CHIEF OF STAFF AT
WEST POINT – COL MIKE “NO COMBAT”
COLPO (THE “CHAIRBORNE” RANGER)
INFANTRY OFFICER DOESN’T GO INTO
HARM’S WAY IN GRENADA, PANAMA,
SOMALIA, KOSOVO, BOSNIA, GULF
WAR, IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN – ALSO
MANAGED TO AVOID OVERSEAS DUTY
DURING 27 YEARS IN THE STATES
WHILE OTHER WEST POINT GRADS
FOUGHT AND DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY
COLPO HUNTOON’S “RIGHT-HAND MAN”
GEN. BRADLEY AIDE “GUN GRAB” AT
TROUBLED CARLISLE BARRACKS
“OPEN LETTER” TO THE FACULTY,
CADETS AND ALUMNI AT WEST POINT
REGARDING YOUR NEW CHIEF OF STAFF
COL MIKE ”NO COMBAT” COLPO
LONGTIME AIDE TO GEN. OMAR BRADLEY
APPEALS TO RUMSFELD: "DON'T MAKE
COL MIKE "NO COMBAT" COLPO
CHIEF OF STAFF AT WEST POINT."
CHARLES HONEYCUTT SAYS BRADLEY
"WOULD NOT APPROVE" OF "CHICKEN" COLONEL'S
27 YEARS OF STATESIDE DUTY, FAILURE TO GO
ANYWHERE "IN HARM'S WAY" - COLPO "UNFIT"
TO WALK AMONG "WARRIORS" AT THE POINT
SAYS DISGUSTED GENERAL'S AIDE