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Letters to the Editor: Reflective gear, AF sex scandals, 2nd chances, rating leaders

May. 27, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
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Reflective gear for Af

This is in regard to the “Dress for the slide, not for the ride” article in the May 13 OFFduty section.

Under the Reflective Gear heading it states: “Reflective gear is a nice-to-have but not required for military riders.” This is true for the Army but not the Air Force. AFI 91-207, paragraph 3.4.2.4. states that “Motorcycle riders will choose riding apparel as upper garments that incorporate high-visibility colors (e.g. fluorescent yellow-green, fluorescent orange-red or fluorescent red, etc.) during the day and a retro-reflective upper garment during the night.”

Just thought I should correct this so Air Force members don’t get the wrong information.

Master Sgt. Brian E. Peters

Dyess Air Force Base, Texas

Special treatment?

I understand that a judge and jury have difficult decisions to make, but at the same time must ensure justice is upheld [with the military training instructor sex scandal cases].

How is it that Staff Sgt. Emily Allen [ “First female MTI convicted in sex scandal at basic,” May 13] was spared a bad-conduct discharge because it would leave her unable to provide for her young daughter in comparison to the other former MTIs who were either given bad-conduct or dishonorable discharges? Outsiders may view this as she was the first female MTI convicted in the sex scandal at basic training, so she was given special treatment.

Master Sgt. Rick Lasnier (ret.)

Goldsboro, N.C.

Second chances work

This is regarding the article quoting Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody about one screw-up, you’re on your way out [“Cody fires away,” May 13].

Show me an airman — enlisted or officer — who hasn’t stumbled along the way.

A DUI is a serious offense. That’s why we discipline people. Discharge isn’t always the venue. Many people throughout my career made mistakes, and my Air Force disciplined and allowed them a venue to rehabilitate themselves back into mainstream Air Force.

Did they all get to the top? Absolutely not. Speaking for myself, I had many people I reported to who looked beyond my infractions, saw something better and took risks. I’m thankful I got the experience.

Chief Master Sgt.

William R. Williams (ret.)

Tucson, Ariz.

Stop the madness

Some members of Congress and women’s activist groups are calling for the firing of Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin and stopping Lt. Gen. Susan Helms from moving to a new position [“Group calls for firing of 3-star who overturned conviction” and 3-star’s nomination on hold,” May 6] for use of their clemency powers to reverse convictions under their Article 60, Uniform Code of Military Justice clemency powers as court-martial convening authorities.

Here is my dire prediction: This taint will start from the time the convening authority decides to court-martial a person; the trial itself since the judge and jury are now intimidated, too; the post-trial convening authority actions; and even the initial military courts of appeal as they are all made up of Judge Advocate General’s Corps officers.

Franklin and Helms have shown themselves to be outstanding officers and not politicians. They both knew, when they made their clemency decisions, they were not enhancing their careers, but that they were doing their legal duties as they felt justice required.

Navy Cmdr. Wayne L. Johnson, JAGC (ret.)

Alexandria, Va.

Rate your leader is wrong

So the “administration” wants the corporal to rate Napoleon [“Top general wants you to expose bad bosses,” May 6]. Of course they want this, because it will destroy the greatest fighting force ever known.

First, it was the “diversity” movement. Now comes the fatal program: subordinate/peer ratings. Why didn’t their superior officer know what was going on within the units? They either did not know how to talk to the rank and file ... or were afraid of what they would find. Their superiors failed to do their job by not weeding them out early. But that requires guts; that requires leadership.

The Air Force has relieved several colonels in the sexual assault scandal, but there hasn’t been one command sergeant relieved. As the pulse of the force, they all should have been relieved for not knowing what was going on.

At some point, our active-duty generals/admirals/flag officers must stand up and object to the destruction of our forces. Now is that time.

Maj. Gen. Monroe T. Smith (ret.)

Weeki Wachee, Fla.

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