Skip to comments.MARINE CORPS PLAN TO COURT-MARTIAL SERGEANT-MAJOR AT MIRAMAR
Posted on 12/27/2008 7:21:17 PM PST by river rat
MARINE CORPS PLAN TO COURT-MARTIAL SERGEANT-MAJOR AT MIRAMAR.
MARK KELLISON PICKED UP FOR D.U.I. - ALSO CHARGED WITH UNAUTHORIZED LEAVE, MAKING FALSE OFFICIAL STATEMENTS AND FOUR VIOLATIONS OF ORDERS. TOP-RANKING ENLISTED MAN HAS 28 YEARS SERVICE - COULD FACE BUST TO JUNIOR NCO
For nearly 30 years, everything Mark Kellison did in the Corps smelled like roses. Fast promotions, doting officers, the Massena, N. Y. native was at one time, senior drill instructor at the Parris Island MCRD.
A sergeant-major in MilitaryCorruption.com's favorite branch of the military, the lanky top-ranking non-com had it made as the most powerful enlisted man at Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif.
But just two years short of qualifying for 75% of his base pay in a retirement check, Kellison is wondering if he'll finish out his days in the Corps as a "50-something" buck sergeant. The possibility Kellison could get a bust in grade or even be put out of the Marine Corps is there.
WHY DID THE SERGEANT-MAJOR FALL SO FAR, SO FAST?
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Off the rails is right!
Two DUIs is very serious in today’s military. At least he will get representation at his court martial.
Segreant-Major = Sergeant-Major
It's not good for you, but say you were just a few months from retirement, and discovery of your "disability" might well result in loss of time needed to get a better retirement, you might well seek folk remedies.
If he'd been doing a lot of drinking prior to this he'd had earlier DUIs and been busted out much sooner. That's why I think it was an effort to beat the retirement game.
All he'd need to have done was see a private doctor and get some prescriptions for glucophage or other medicine that would help get his blood sugar levels down. He'd had a good A1C at his terminal physical and no one would be the wiser.
Worse, though, he may be on course to develop Type I, so he's gambling with his life. Least of his worries is a courtmartial.
They blew the whistle on several attempts by the Military to pull some fast ones.
They've been very successful, and hopefully will continue to be so..
Sounds to me like someone is out to get him, and he gave them the ammo to do it with.
There isn’t a grade in the military that I respect more, than that of a Sergeant Major. I’ve known a few bad and corrupt First Sergeants, but I’ve never even heard of a bad or corrupt Sergeant Major.
I’m going to watch this one.
This Marines problem aside, facts or not ...... why is it I smell cow crap from that web site ........military corruption dot com seems a wee bit on the suspicious side . Their “about us” page has my BS meter pinging.
Merry New Year RR !!
Yep. The days of sweeping DUIs under the rug are over. In today's military, you are pretty much allowed one alcohol-related incident, go to rehab and then don't ever get a second one. A second alcohol-related incident is a career-ender. To be fair, one alcohol-related mulligan is more than you'll get in many civilian jobs.
My money says he'll get busted down to E-8 and allowed to retire with full benefits.
I had an E-6 get a dui driving home from his retirement party. He faced a reduction in rank (and retirement pay) literally days before his ETS date. His hearing was non-judicial....all up to the Brigade Commander. I knew this SSG hardly ever drank - and this was just one stupid mistake. I told this to the Colonel; and, he decided not to do a reduction in rank.
This E-9???? I think his problem was lying to the police. I assume two dui’s wouldn’t merit a court martial. The court martial, and possibility of extended jail time has to be for the other charges. Tragic - but, he gets E-9 pay to make good decisions.
With nearly six years in the navy so far, one thing I've learned is stupidity exists in all pay grades. I've seen O-5s and E-9s get in trouble for crap that even E-1s straight outta boot know better than to do.
My question ... how did this guy make it this far? The corps should have caught him a long time ago and halted his advancement.
tragic end to a great career
Speaking from personal experience...Some people have guardian Angels, you can't bust them no matter what. Looks likes he has lost his.
Than Q. ;-)
Go the the site and search for the story on that Air Force female Poster Child Marathoner -MAJ JILL METZGER - who MilitaryCorruption.com believes lied about being kidnapped in KYRGYZSTAN to cover up a abortion needed as the result of an adulterous affair... Much of MilitaryCorruption.com's info comes from "insiders" -- well placed "insiders"..
Yet - after filing a false report, being AWOL, an adulterous affair, etc, etc, she is collecting a full pension as 100% “disabled” suffering from Post Traumatic Stress! Yet - she has NEVER been near a shot fired in anger.
Oh, I forgot to add - this bitch has run two marathons, since being declared 100% “disabled”... This, while veterans with lost limbs, blind, brains scrambled — get sqat shit zero.
The bitch must have many Air Force “stars” by the balls and they are dancing to her tune......
It's about to blow - and I'm looking forward to it...
Merry New Year to you also....
Once he retires, he’ll get retirement pay based on the highest rank he held - which is E9, right?
for the folks at militarycorruption.com,
The plural of Sergeant Major is Sergeants Major, and court martial is courts martial.
Would like to believe the diabetes/self medication theory in the hope that this fellow simply got axle-wrapped.
Each E9 I met - left me in awe..
I KNEW I was in the presence of a Warrior who became “political”..
E9s in the Old Corps had Combat ribbons, Purples Hearts, Campaign Ribbons and ribbons attesting to valor under fire...
It appears this particular E9 was “political” from the start — never having first been a warrior of note.
Nah. He'll feel a bit of a sting. I am pretty certain (and somebody please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong) that retirement pay is based off of an average of his last three years pay so instead of, say, three years as an E-9, he'll have two and one as an E-8. Plus, he'll be "high-year tenured" at 28 years and be forced to retire instead of retiring at 30.
Possible but highly unlikely for a DUI. There was that NB Kitsap CMC (E-9) a few years back caught in that child sex sting. He was busted down to E-8 and allowed to retire with benefits And that's a lot worse than a DUI.
'Cause Sergeant Majors ain't gods.
They only sit on the right hand side of god and if they piss him off, they fall from the throne.
Or get pushed.
Sometimes, there's an ambitious 1SG pulling on his legs from below.
Seriously, there is more to this than the media is telling.
Usually, an E9 that falls that far is quietly removed from the eye of the troops, punished severely and retired very quickly.
He's made someone mad, and they intend to make an example of him.
The CNC made some deal to get a break....Odds are he ratted out somebody bigger.
Do you think there is room at the Inn?
That's how it is in my civilian job (pharmaceuticals.) Second DUI or second failed alcohol/drug screen, and you're out. I've seen it happen to custodial staff and to senior scientists making serious six figure money. No exceptions.
Or refrained from ratting someone out. He served 9 months in jail civilian punishment and faced additional military punishment and it was here that the military went easy on him. Somebody "in house" saw a reason to show him mercy.
I remember reading about how surprised people were that his military punishment was so mild.
In the military we don't even get a second chance when it comes to drugs (though I've heard that policy isn't enforced so strongly these days among infantry). Seems to me that employment-based drug testing is far more effective at curbing drug use than criminal penalties. Want a good job with benefits these days? Better keep your nose clean.
Sounds like he had something big on someone. Thats how it works sometimes.
You're absolutely right. We have guys with high school educations who admit that they used to party on a weekly basis. Now that they're making $20 an hour and decent benefits, they're finished with the weed or whatever.
This is how the "War on Drugs" works. Private enterprise. Or in the case of the military, potential career suicide.
Welfare trash on the other hand.... collect that money no matter how many drugs they do (of course I would also argue that they've turned their neighborhood into the lowest ring of hell).
I doubt it. There are already so many that need a bed....Although an E-9 might be an interesting addition.
I wonder how many times he was a drunk driver vs. how many times he got caught. The “just don’t do it again” applies.
I dunno.... but a Marine Sergeant Major is the closest thing to God a young Marine comes into contact with.
At least they could get stuff done quicker than any other human on the planet.....even officers appeared a little nervous around an old salt Sergeant Major with a lot of color on his chest.
“Want a good job with benefits these days? Better keep your nose clean...”
Unless your name is Bill and you like to snort - just do it - even in the Oval Office.
They were over long ago.
In 1988 I was the bailiff at a courts martial of an O-4 for his second DUI.
He was busted down to E-6 (which I didn't even know could be done, not to mention the slap I thought it was to the NCO Corps) and loss of pay and benefits. He then opted to get out shortly after and I heard he retired as a Major.
Saw him working in the Burger King on post a few months later. No lie.
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