For thirty-three years I served our nation as a member of the United States Army. It was an honor to serve both the nation and to wear the uniform of the United States Army. Oh there were times I would get mad at the foolishness of the Army, but by and large I had faith that the Army would always be there for the nation, and the Army leaders would do the right thing. That is what the Army has done for two hundred and thirty seven years, or so I thought. Unfortunately the Army reputation for honorable service has been besmirched and for the first time in my life I am ashamed to admit that I am a soldier in the United States.
Why you ask am I ashamed? For a very simple reason, a Court-Martial in Germany allowed an Army Colonel to essentially walk three despite admitting his guilt of being an adulterer, a bigamists, fraudulently filing false travel vouchers, lying, while in Command of the storied 173rd Airborne Brigade. Instead of losing his retirement, going to jail, receiving a dishonorable discharge; he was fined 300K and given a letter of reprimand. No jail and a retirement.
How could this happen you ask? Simple, the Army, unlike the Navy does not hold its leaders accountable; because the Army does not want to punish a West Point graduate and the son of a retired General Officer, nor will the Airborne mafia allow one of their own to be held accountable.
This is not about justice, it is not about doing what is right, it is not about leading, about setting an example for subordinates; it is about the Army not allowing the American people to see that it does have bad apples, that it does do what is right. I can guarantee you that if this had been a Sergeant or Captain, he or she would never have gotten out of Leavenworth.
There is no honor in the Army today, two hundred and thirty seven years besmirched by the act of a Court Martial panel who rather than doing what was right chose instead the easy way and took care of one of their own.