To JeffM, Saintmans, Gunships, KROC, and AAR90:
Wow, I never knew there would be so much negativity in this web-site. However, all advise is meant to help the individual receiving the advise, right?...?...? My Civilian Military-Lawyer out of DC who retired after 30 years as the SJA for the Joint Chief of Staff thought it would be good to approach the "military experts" via a web-site to ask them of their opinion. From your own admission, maybe he (and I) was wrong. Maybe you are right for telling me that I am wrong for "thinking the opinions of a bunch of internet armchair "professionals" is (are) gonna help your case?"
As far as your words of caution about taking this further, impersonating a Veteran, and "One poor evaluation report by itself will not ruin 19+ years of service," you couldn't be more wrong. I AM
a Veteran with two wars and several peace keeping operations under my belt. I think I've earned the title, thank you very much. As far as the warning about taking this further....There IS
no recourse about taking this further but my legal right. In the beginning, I thought "Hey, I am locked in for retirement. Why don't I just roll over and pop smoke at 20?" But every SJA, IG
, Commanding General, and DA representatives have all told me to "not give up, fight this, you can do it." I am a fighter, that's what I have been trained to do for the last 19 years. We are not quitters. If we were, we wouldn't be in the business that we are in gentlemen. So respectfully, with or without your help, I will see this through. As far as one bad OER not really hurting my record...Thanks for the words of encouragement. Unfortunately, the Army (as well as the other branches I assume) subscribes to a "Zero Defects" Army. As much as I wish your words were true, the boards "tank" a file that has ANY "Below Center of Mass" evaluations.
Unfortunately, the Army OER IS
left wide open to the Commanders' whim. If you were to ask me before all the transpired what I thought, I can honestly say that my reply would have been very similar to yours. However, as a victim fighting one false accusation after another, I can honestly say that my view point has changed 180. (Try walking a mile in those shoes...) I will say that there is much more underlying this story than what I posted (Due to space constraints) FYI: My case generated several Inspection General investigations into the Battalion Commander and his conduct. I was not his only victim. There were several other high ranking officers as well over the course of a year. Bottomline is that these investigations all concluded that the Battalion Commander was wrong and I was correct in my actions. Hence, my reinstating of my Pilot-in-Command status. Unfortunately, only the Army Board of Corrections of Military Records has the authority to repeal my OER. Gentlemen, it's not about proving my innocence but gathering enough "professional statements" that say that they would not have flown the mission either. These board members are Non-Aviator Civilians and do not understand a "cockpit view." However, they do understand that there is strength in numbers. That is why I have monitored this web-site for the last couple of months to see what kind of professionals I would be dealing with. If I didn't think you were of a high caliber, I would not have posted my request. Just a thought but why not email me asking for a copy of the events summary? This is not a biased document but merely a listing of facts of the night in question. (I.e., Weather, airplane maintenance, safety, etc.) It will more than likely read like a fictional tale for those of you who are having a hard time believing that something like this can and does happen. And this doesn't commit you to anything but just reading it. If you feel compelled to write something, than I would be most grateful.