Skip to comments.Why Are Dozens Of High Ranking Officers Being Purged From The U.S. Military?
Posted on 01/17/2014 7:25:50 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Since Barack Obama has been in the White House, high ranking military officers have been removed from their positions at a rate that is absolutely unprecedented. Things have gotten so bad that a number of retired generals are publicly speaking out about the purge of the U.S. military that they believe is taking place. As you will see below, dozens of highly decorated military leaders have been dismissed from their positions over the past few years. So why is this happening? When I was growing up, my father was an officer in the U.S. Navy. And what is going on right now is absolutely crazy especially during a time of peace. Is there a deliberate attempt to reshape the military and remove those that dont adhere to the proper viewpoints? Does someone out there feel a need to get officers that wont cooperate out of the way? Throughout world history, whatever comes next after a military purge is never good. If this continues, what is the U.S. military going to look like in a few years?
Perhaps you are reading this and you think that purge is too strong a word for what is taking place. Well, just consider the following quotes from some very highly decorated retired officers
-Retired Army Major General Paul Vallely: The White House protects their own. Thats why they stalled on the investigation into fast and furious, Benghazi and Obamacare. Hes intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.
-Retired Army Major General Patrick Brady: There is no doubt he (Obama) is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him.
-Retired Army Lt. General William G. Jerry Boykin: Over the past three years, it is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals to be relieved of duty, and not necessarily relieved for cause.
-Retired Navy Captain Joseph John: I believe there are more than 137 officers who have been forced out or given bad evaluation reports so they will never make Flag (officer), because of their failure to comply to certain views.
According to the Blaze, one anonymous Pentagon official has said that even young officers have been told not to talk about Obama or the politics of the White House
A Pentagon official who asked to remain nameless because they were not authorized to speak on the matter said even young officers, down through the ranks have been told not to talk about Obama or the politics of the White House. They are purging everyone and if you want to keep your job just keep your mouth shut.
Now this trend appears to be accelerating. We have seen a whole bunch of news stories about military officers being dismissed lately.
Almost always, a legitimate reason is given for the dismissal. And without a doubt, if a military officer is actually behaving unethically, that officer should be held accountable.
However, the reality is that everyone has skeletons in the closet, and if you really want to get rid of someone it is usually not too hard to find a way to justify your decision.
The following are excerpts from three news stories about military officers in trouble that have come out so far in 2014
#1 The Air Force Times: A group of former Air Force majors, forced out this summer by a noncontinuation board, plans to file a lawsuit claiming the service had no right to separate them simply to meet end-strength numbers set by Congress.
More than 10 of the 157 dismissed majors are banding together to challenge the move in court, seeking either reinstatement or early retirement pay. All 157 had been twice passed over for promotion and were within six years of retirement.
#2 Defense News: Acting US Navy Undersecretary Robert Martinage, the departments No. 2, has resigned under pressure, sources confirmed for Defense News.
The resignation, which Martinage announced to his staff Tuesday morning, came after allegations were made of inappropriate conduct with a subordinate woman, the sources confirmed.
#3 Huffington Post: The Air Force says 34 nuclear missile launch officers have been implicated in a cheating scandal and have been stripped of their certification in what is believed to be the largest such breach of integrity in the nuclear force.
Some of the officers apparently texted to each other the answers to a monthly test on their knowledge of how to operate the missiles. Others may have known about it but did not report it.
The cheating was discovered during a drug investigation that involves 11 Air Force officers across six bases in the U.S. and England.
Taken alone, it would be easy to dismiss those stories as coincidences. But when you put them together with the stories of dozens of other high ranking military officers that have been purged from the U.S. military in recent years, a very disturbing pattern emerges.
The following is a list of high ranking military officers that have been dismissed over the past few years that has been circulating all over the Internet. I think that you will agree that this list is quite stunning
Commanding Generals fired: General John R. Allen-U.S. Marines Commander International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] (Nov 2012) Major General Ralph Baker (2 Star)-U.S. Army Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force Horn in Africa (April 2013) Major General Michael Carey (2 Star)-U.S. Air Force Commander of the 20th US Air Force in charge of 9,600 people and 450 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (Oct 2013) Colonel James Christmas-U.S. Marines Commander 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit & Commander Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Unit (July 2013) Major General Peter Fuller-U.S. Army Commander in Afghanistan (May 2011) Major General Charles M.M. Gurganus-U.S. Marine Corps Regional Commander of SW and I Marine Expeditionary Force in Afghanistan (Oct 2013) General Carter F. Ham-U.S. Army African Command (Oct 2013) Lieutenant General David H. Huntoon (3 Star), Jr.-U.S. Army 58th Superintendent of the US Military Academy at West Point, NY (2013) Command Sergeant Major Don B Jordan-U.S. Army 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command (suspended Oct 2013) General James Mattis-U.S. Marines Chief of CentCom (May 2013) Colonel Daren Margolin-U.S. Marine in charge of Quanticos Security Battalion (Oct 2013) General Stanley McChrystal-U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (June 2010) General David D. McKiernan-U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (2009) General David Petraeus-Director of CIA from September 2011 to November 2012 & U.S. Army Commander International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] and Commander U.S. Forces Afghanistan [USFOR-A] (Nov 2012) Brigadier General Bryan Roberts-U.S. Army Commander 2nd Brigade (May 2013) Major General Gregg A. Sturdevant-U.S. Marine Corps Director of Strategic Planning and Policy for the U.S. Pacific Command & Commander of Aviation Wing at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan (Sept 2013) Colonel Eric Tilley-U.S. Army Commander of Garrison Japan (Nov 2013) Brigadier General Bryan Wampler-U.S. Army Commanding General of 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command [TSC] (suspended Oct 2013)
Commanding Admirals fired: Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette-U.S. Navy Commander John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Three (Oct 2012) Vice Admiral Tim Giardina(3 Star, demoted to 2 Star)-U.S. Navy Deputy Commander of the US Strategic Command, Commander of the Submarine Group Trident, Submarine Group 9 and Submarine Group 10 (Oct 2013)
Naval Officers fired: (All in 2011) Captain David Geisler-U.S. Navy Commander Task Force 53 in Bahrain (Oct 2011) Commander Laredo Bell-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs, NY (Aug 2011) Lieutenant Commander Kurt Boenisch-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011) Commander Nathan Borchers-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer Stout (Mar 2011) Commander Robert Brown-U.S. Navy Commander Beachmaster Unit 2 Fort Story, VA (Aug 2011) Commander Andrew Crowe-Executive Officer Navy Region Center Singapore (Apr 2011) Captain Robert Gamberg-Executive Officer carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower (Jun 2011) Captain Rex Guinn-U.S. Navy Commander Navy Legal Service office Japan (Feb 2011) Commander Kevin Harms- U.S. Navy Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 137 aboard the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln (Mar 2011) Lieutenant Commander Martin Holguin-U.S. Navy Commander mine countermeasures Fearless (Oct 2011) Captain Owen Honors-U.S. Navy Commander aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (Jan 2011) Captain Donald Hornbeck-U.S. Navy Commander Destroyer Squadron 1 San Diego (Apr 2011) Rear Admiral Ron Horton-U.S. Navy Commander Logistics Group, Western Pacific (Mar 2011) Commander Etta Jones-U.S. Navy Commander amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011) Commander Ralph Jones-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock Green Bay (Jul 2011) Commander Jonathan Jackson-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 134, deployed aboard carrier Carl Vinson (Dec 2011) Captain Eric Merrill-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Emory S. Land (Jul 2011) Captain William Mosk-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Station Rota, U.S. Navy Commander Naval Activities Spain (Apr 2011) Commander Timothy Murphy-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 129 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA (Apr 2011) Commander Joseph Nosse-U.S. Navy Commander ballistic-missile submarine Kentucky (Oct 2011) Commander Mark Olson-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer The Sullivans FL (Sep 2011) Commander John Pethel-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock New York (Dec 2011) Commander Karl Pugh-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 141 Whidbey Island, WA (Jul 2011) Commander Jason Strength-U.S. Navy Commander of Navy Recruiting District Nashville, TN (Jul 2011) Captain Greg Thomas-U.S. Navy Commander Norfolk Naval Shipyard (May 2011) Commander Mike Varney-U.S. Navy Commander attack submarine Connecticut (Jun 2011) Commander Jay Wylie-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer Momsen (Apr 2011)
Naval Officers fired: (All in 2012): Commander Alan C. Aber-Executive Officer Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71 (July 2012) Commander Derick Armstrong- U.S. Navy Commander missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (May 2012) Commander Martin Arriola- U.S. Navy Commander destroyer USS Porter (Aug 2012) Captain Antonio Cardoso- U.S. Navy Commander Training Support Center San Diego (Sep 2012) Captain James CoBell- U.S. Navy Commander Oceana Naval Air Stations Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (Sep 2012) Captain Joseph E. Darlak- U.S. Navy Commander frigate USS Vandegrift (Nov 2012) Captain Daniel Dusek-U.S. Navy Commander USS Bonhomme Commander David Faught-Executive Officer destroyer Chung-Hoon (Sep 2012) Commander Franklin Fernandez- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 24 (Aug 2012) Commander Ray Hartman- U.S. Navy Commander Amphibious dock-landing ship Fort McHenry (Nov 2012) Commander Shelly Hakspiel-Executive Officer Navy Drug Screening Lab San Diego (May 2012) Commander Jon Haydel- U.S. Navy Commander USS San Diego (Mar 2012) Commander Diego Hernandez- U.S. Navy Commander ballistic-missile submarine USS Wyoming (Feb 2012) Commander Lee Hoey- U.S. Navy Commander Drug Screening Laboratory, San Diego (May 2012) Commander Ivan Jimenez-Executive Officer frigate Vandegrift (Nov 2012) Commander Dennis Klein- U.S. Navy Commander submarine USS Columbia (May 2012) Captain Chuck Litchfield- U.S. Navy Commander assault ship USS Essex (Jun 2012) Captain Marcia Kim Lyons- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Health Clinic New England (Apr 2012) Captain Robert Marin- U.S. Navy Commander cruiser USS Cowpens (Feb 2012) Captain Sean McDonell- U.S. Navy Commander Seabee reserve unit Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 FL (Nov 2012) Commander Corrine Parker- U.S. Navy Commander Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 1 (Apr 2012) Captain Liza Raimondo- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, MD (Jun 2012) Captain Jeffrey Riedel- Program manager, Littoral Combat Ship program (Jan 2012) Commander Sara Santoski- U.S. Navy Commander Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 (Sep 2012) Commander Kyle G. Strudthoff-Executive Officer Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (Sep 2012) Commander Sheryl Tannahill- U.S. Navy Commander Navy Operational Support Center [NOSC] Nashville, TN (Sep 2012) Commander Michael Ward- U.S. Navy Commander submarine USS Pittsburgh (Aug 2012) Captain Michael Wiegand- U.S. Navy Commander Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (Nov 2012) Captain Ted Williams- U.S. Navy Commander amphibious command ship Mount Whitney (Nov 2012) Commander Jeffrey Wissel- U.S. Navy Commander of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (Feb 2012)
Naval Officers fired: (All in 2013): Lieutenant Commander Lauren Allen-Executive Officer submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013) Reserve Captain Jay Bowman-U.S. Navy Commander Navy Operational Support Center [NOSC] Fort Dix, NJ (Mar 2013) Captain William Cogar-U.S. Navy Commander hospital ship Mercys medical treatment facility (Sept 2013) Commander Steve Fuller-Executive Officer frigate Kauffman (Mar 2013) Captain Shawn Hendricks-Program Manager for naval enterprise IT networks (June 2013) Captain David Hunter-U.S. Navy Commander of Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 12 & Coastal Riverine Group 2 (Feb 2013) Captain Eric Johnson-U.S. Navy Chief of Military Entrance Processing Command at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL (2013) Captain Devon Jones-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Air Facility El Centro, CA (July 2013) Captain Kevin Knoop-U.S. Navy Commander hospital ship Comforts medical treatment facility (Aug 2013) Lieutenant Commander Jack ONeill-U.S. Navy Commander Operational Support Center Rock Island, IL (Mar 2013) Commander Allen Maestas-Executive Officer Beachmaster Unit 1 (May 2013) Commander Luis Molina-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Pasadena (Jan 2013) Commander James Pickens-Executive Officer frigate Gary (Feb 2013) Lieutenant Commander Mark Rice-U.S. Navy Commander Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013) Commander Michael Runkle-U.S. Navy Commander of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 (May 2013) Commander Jason Stapleton-Executive Office Patrol Squadron 4 in Hawaii (Mar 2013) Commander Nathan Sukols-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013) Lieutenant Daniel Tyler-Executive Officer Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013) Commander Edward White-U.S. Navy Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (Aug 2013) Captain Jeffrey Winter-U.S. Navy Commander of Carrier Air Wing 17 (Sept 2013) Commander Thomas Winter-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Montpelier (Jan 2013) Commander Corey Wofford- U.S. Navy Commander frigate Kauffman (Feb 2013)
So what do you think about all of this?
Do you believe that a purge of high ranking military officers is taking place?
Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below
why do you think?
Must be getting close to Martial Law time..
-or- something similar..
Evil dictator do it - ie: Hitler for example!
nobama is removing officers with balls and replacing them with a bunch of pussies. A bunch of wimps are more likely to follow unconstitutional orders. Like “shoot to kill” on Main Street, USA.
Barack tries a trick like that, he might find a revolt on his hands. Just sayin’.
My less extreme guess is that he’s just gutting it to gut it.
many have thwarted/help thwart obama’s repeated false flag attempts.
Saddam Hussein, Stalin, Mao...
Question: Will you follow an order to shoot American Citizens?
Answer 1: No
Followup: you’re fired.
Anwser 2: Yes
Followup: You’ve been promoted. Congratulations.
Well the troops themselves are going to remain an issue if he tries something too bizarre.
it was Paul Revere who called our ancestors to bear arms against the Agents of Tyranny - - - - the British Military.
Today The Agents of Tyranny are Obamas NSA, DOJ and IRS.
Hitler was elected, and Obama was elected.
Hitler had his Gestapo, and Obama has his NSA, DOJ and IRS.
Adolf had more guts than this wimp, though.
I mean, MISUSED guts, but still, guts.
Not defending President Selfie in any way, but the command structures of all the services were getting kind of top-heavy.
It’s basically the Chicken Coup D’etat in process. It’s going to hobble its own self with cowardice. That’s what I read.
I suspect they’re the ones who said they wouldn’t gun us all down in the streets.
If so, then it would give him something to crow over for the budget.
Maybe it was needed, and as they say a blind squirrel sometimes gets a nut too. But still. How do the losers get picked?
It’s based on World War II TO&E, minus the field marshals (5 star generals and admirals) and has been for decades, for some reason.
Hitler was a corporal in WWI, and held the job of dispatch runner, often behind the front lines. Not a job for pussies.
The obamanation of America’s desolation at work to staff all government with puppets to destroy his stated enemies of America, the conservatives and Christians who know the man is evil. Bible believing, gun holding conservatives are the last bastion he plans to destroy and the military is full of conservatives.
May God have mercy on us who believe on Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
I think that this is all nonsense.
When you offer proof for purge of high ranking officers that includes Lieutenants, Commanders, and Major alarm bells should go off. These are not high ranking officers except in the minds of a few privates.
Most of this has been debunked more than once on this forum. Repeating it doesn’t make it so.
Certainly a bolder resume than Barama’s.
Not really, honestly. As many officers as have been cut (over 200, I think), it’s still a fraction of the total number of officers, and won’t really have any impact on the budget.
Your second point about who gets chosen is relevent, though, and that’s something worth exploring.
At least, he has reliably shown up before to do such...........
[Hitler had his Gestapo, and Obama has his NSA, DOJ and IRS.]
Its the truth American citizens ignore, most believe
it is easier to stick your head and the sand and pretend, but the day will come when the obamanites will shoot off the ass of those who have their heads buried in the sand.
The left is just doing the same to the military as has been done over the years to every other government institution.
I am concerned about the purges in Strategic Command. Do launch when told to during a drill, then you are out?
It almost sounds like mindless drones are being put into place that won’t question why we are either launching against allies or why we are not returning fire when we are attacked.
I really don’t trust this resident.
Active Duty ping.
Because They Won’t Go Along With Obongo Turning The US Military Into”International Meals On Wheels”??????????
Somehow as an E-1/2/3 I was slotted as an O-3 and later as an O-4. I know it’s impossible, except that it happened. I was the guy in charge of the DMZ at I Corps G-2 and they thought that was an officer’s job but didn’t have officers available to do it or something. Later on, as a Spec.4 I was an actual battalion S-2 (3/10 Cav.) and that’s supposedly not done, either.
Should our evil lawless one succeed in causing the division of Israel and while furthering his Belshazzar like treasonous desire for a nuclear neutered America,
Then this is (I conjecture) whats ultimately in store for us:
“The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwellingplaces; her bars are broken.
“One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to shew the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end,
And that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.
For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of Babylon is like a threshingfloor, it is time to thresh her: yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come.”
Barack tries a trick like that, he might find a revolt on his hands. Just sayin.
Thats what he wants so that he can declare Martial Law..
He may do it anyway for no reason.... but he would rather to “have a reason”..
I absolutely agree with you. The people on this list were screw ups. They either weren’t doing their job or were acting in a manner that was inappropriate for leadership in the current times. The Army found a strong connection between suicides and toxic leaders. The toxic leaders would ride hard those with problems but were completely different toward higher levels.
Hitler did the same thing early on. As did Stalin.
You are correct. However, the number of senior officers being sacked for cause is disturbing about what is says about the officer corps. McNamara’s stated goal of reorienting the officer corp fro being leaders in the traditional and heroic mode to being managers has come about and the fruits of that arrogant and foolish man's personal animus for professional soldiers are being harvested.
0Bamma - very very Stalin-like, except he hasn’t ordered executions... yet!
Night of the Long Knives?
Does anyone really have to ask?
This is why most coups are led by Colonels and below.
McCain’s plane got a missile up the rear by accident. If those jets escorting A-F-One have true patriots flying them, mmmmmm, accidents DO happen.
Is there anybody left to run the military?
The purge has been obvious for several years.
The Obama regime is doing all possible to remove anyone who represents a threat to a complete takeover of the US; i.e., loyal Americans who swore to uphold the Constitution.
I hope to live long enough to see Obama and his handlers prosecuted for treason due to their gross actions that have driven the economic stability and defense capability to such low levels, as well as the worst foreign relations in my memory that has shamed the US.
This nutjob has an end game planned for years. This didn’t start yesterday.
Obama has Purged Anyone who is DECENT and MORAL.....he is EVIL...PURE EVIL!!
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