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PA GOP: SESTAK'S GOT NO R-E-S-P-E-C-T FOR UNIFORM
http://www.pagop.org/News/Read.aspx?ID=1511 ^ | 7 21 06 | pagop.org

Posted on 07/25/2006 5:20:18 AM PDT by freepatriot32

Violates Military Uniform Code by wearing uniform while campaigning,

Wears officer's uniform that does not match rank at which he retired

HARRISBURG - Republican State Committee Executive Director Scott Migli today questioned Joe Sestak, Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District, for his repeated violations of federal law and U.S. Navy regulations as it relates to appropriate conduct for the wearing of military uniforms. Those violations include wearing his uniform while engaged in campaign activities and wearing a uniform that displays a rank above what the grade at which he retired from service.

"Joe Sestak's improper use of the military uniform for partisan campaign activities demonstrates a lack of respect for the uniform," said Migli. "You would never catch a veteran like Senator John McCain, or even Senator John Kerry for that matter, wearing their military uniform while on the campaign trail or inflating the rank at which they retired. The fact that Joe Sestak would stoop this low shows how desperate he is for attention."

Title 10, Subtitle A, Part 2 Chapter 45 Section 772 specifically states that retired military officers are only permitted to "bear the title and wear the uniform of his retired grade." Although he retired at the grade of a two star admiral, candidate Sestak has been photographed in the district wearing the uniform of a three star admiral, a clear violation of federal law. (Photograph available upon request).

Sestak, after declaring his candidacy has also worn his Navy uniform to various campaign events, including a parade in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania that he took part in and distributed campaign materials at, in support of his candidacy. Chapter 6, Section 10, Article 61002 of the United States Navy Uniform Regulations specifically states that "Retired personnel are prohibited from wearing the uniform in connection with personal enterprises, business activities, or while attending or participating in any demonstration, assembly or activity for the purpose of furthering personal or partisan views on political, social, economic, or religious issues."

"The only reason Joe Sestak took part in that parade is because he is an announced candidate and he was there in an attempt to attract votes," said Migli. "There is no excuse for that type of behavior. Everyone who has ever served in the military knows that there are very specific rules related to conduct that is appropriate in a military uniform. You wear the uniform of the rank at which you retired. You don't smoke or drink while in public in uniform. And you don't campaign while in uniform. Joe Sestak has demonstrated a complete lack of respect for these rules and the uniform itself."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: anamericansoldier; codeofconduct; electionscongress; federallaw; for; gop; got; harrisburg; militaryuniformcode; no; pagop; pennsylvania; respect; sestaks; uniform; usnavyregulations

1 posted on 07/25/2006 5:20:22 AM PDT by freepatriot32
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To: freepatriot32

PA use to not have so many Lib when I was younger.


2 posted on 07/25/2006 5:22:12 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: freepatriot32

Would be nice to see a UCMJ smackdown on these violations...


3 posted on 07/25/2006 5:28:36 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Rugged individualists of the world, unite!)
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To: freepatriot32
Democrats have become associated in the public mind with international isolationism, and a cut and run approach to the middle east.

Apparently some in the party are desperate to show that they are some how different.
4 posted on 07/25/2006 5:31:51 AM PDT by kjo
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To: freepatriot32
You don't smoke or drink while in public in uniform.

That must only apply to retirees, or lots of active duty servicemen don't obey that regulation.

5 posted on 07/25/2006 5:32:28 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help m)
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To: JimRed

My sons never drink or smoke while in Class A's...DCU's are another story altogether


6 posted on 07/25/2006 5:34:18 AM PDT by boxerblues
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To: freepatriot32


"I didn't do it!"
7 posted on 07/25/2006 5:37:20 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Get off my lawn!)
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To: boxerblues

"My sons never drink or smoke while in Class A's...DCU's are another story altogether."

My sons never drink or smoke while in Class A's...

Sorry, gratuitous Airplane reference. :)


8 posted on 07/25/2006 5:41:03 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Democrats - The reason we need term limits)
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To: freepatriot32
"Joe Sestak's improper use of the military uniform for partisan campaign activities demonstrates a lack of respect for the uniform," said Migli. "You would never catch a veteran like ... Senator John Kerry for that matter, wearing their military uniform while on the campaign trail or inflating the rank at which they retired.


Really?

9 posted on 07/25/2006 5:47:28 AM PDT by meandog (If I were to draw the odious Islamic prophet Muhammad, he would have horns, a tail, and a pitchfork!)
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To: freepatriot32
You don't smoke or drink while in public in uniform.

Better tell that to all of the folks in the smoking areas here in around the building.

Better yet, run by my office after 17:00 on Friday and you can bust a bunch of us. ;)

Whoever wrote this had no first-hand knowledge of the military.

10 posted on 07/25/2006 5:52:01 AM PDT by TankerKC (┐JosÚ puede usted ver?)
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To: freepatriot32
Military personnel can retire at a rank below the rank in which they served. I believe that General Officer promotions are considered temporary. I was promoted to E-8 and had to stay in the AF for an additional two years in order to retire at that rank. It's called an active duty service commitment. His wearing the 3 star rank could have been an oversight.

One of the things that is pounded into the military is when it is appropriate and when it is inappropriate to wear the uniform. Once you retire you can only wear it for special ceremonies, like a military funeral, Memorial Day, or Independence Day. Even active duty members are prohibited from wearing a uniform at partisan political events.

11 posted on 07/25/2006 5:52:44 AM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: freepatriot32

Don't be surprised by anything this "Perfumed Prince" does. He was a jerk on active duty and it doesn't appear that he has changed since retirement. This is why the current CNO showed him the door.


12 posted on 07/25/2006 5:53:28 AM PDT by mortal19440
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To: freepatriot32

I served in the last battle group Admiral Sestak commanded. Actually had lunch with the guy on two occasions. I wouldn't vote for him.


13 posted on 07/25/2006 5:56:00 AM PDT by Mathews (Ambition, absent a moral compass, is naked destruction.)
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To: mbynack
Even active duty members are prohibited from wearing a uniform at partisan political events.

Right. But, I thought a retired person could where it any other time they liked...as long as they wear it properly. I wasn't aware of restricitons.

No worries, though...I just started a three year clock due to a promotion in July.

14 posted on 07/25/2006 6:01:22 AM PDT by TankerKC (┐JosÚ puede usted ver?)
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To: mbynack

I stand corrected. The AFI says that retirees may where the uniform:

at occasions of military ceremonies, military funerals, weddings, memorial services, and inaugurals
patriotic parades on national holidays, other military parades or ceremonies in which any active or Reserve US military unit is taking part

at educational institutions when engaged in giving military instructions or responsible for military discipline

at social or other functions when the invitation has been influenced by the member's active military service


15 posted on 07/25/2006 6:12:06 AM PDT by TankerKC (┐JosÚ puede usted ver?)
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To: mbynack
Additionally, the Air Force Instruction says to NOT wear the uniform when, "furthering political activities, private employment,or commercial interests."

I assume the Navy rules are similar.

16 posted on 07/25/2006 6:14:23 AM PDT by TankerKC (┐JosÚ puede usted ver?)
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To: Mathews

this guy is a long shot to beat weldon


17 posted on 07/25/2006 6:29:47 AM PDT by philsfan24
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To: TankerKC
Do you remember the Uniform code of the USAF that required us to wear our dress blues (Class A's) every June 6th? It goes unheeded but it was there. My Colonel was a stickler about that reg.
18 posted on 07/25/2006 6:40:13 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: TankerKC

Thanks for the research. I was pulling the info from a part of my brain that hadn't been used in almost ten years.


19 posted on 07/25/2006 7:00:03 AM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: Mathews
I served in the last battle group Admiral Sestak commanded. Actually had lunch with the guy on two occasions. I wouldn't vote for him.

I see the admiral was a SWO but note only one real command at sea in his bio; he was given his star, apparently, for shining Clinton's shoes while on WH duty...it's little wonder that he chose the dark side of politics, a real combat Sailor would have nothing in common with him.

20 posted on 07/25/2006 7:07:08 AM PDT by meandog (If I were to draw the odious Islamic prophet Muhammad, he would have horns, a tail, and a pitchfork!)
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To: TankerKC

We never had to change into civvies for Officers' Call, when I wore the rank...


21 posted on 07/25/2006 7:09:53 AM PDT by Old Sarge
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To: freepatriot32

Well this made it on to his wikipedia page now!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_A._Sestak#2006_Congressional_campaign


22 posted on 07/25/2006 7:29:22 AM PDT by clrscr
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To: vetvetdoug
Do you remember the Uniform code of the USAF that required us to wear our dress blues (Class A's) every June 6th? It goes unheeded but it was there. My Colonel was a stickler about that reg.

Never heard of it. When I came in in 1981, we had AFR 35-10. Since then, we have changed to AFI 36-2903. Some things were lost in the conversion.

What was the significance of 6 June?

23 posted on 07/25/2006 7:39:55 AM PDT by TankerKC (┐JosÚ puede usted ver?)
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To: clrscr
Well this made it on to his wikipedia page now!

It also says that he retired as a Vice Admiral (3-star). So, what's right?

24 posted on 07/25/2006 7:43:17 AM PDT by TankerKC (┐JosÚ puede usted ver?)
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To: TankerKC
What was the significance 6 June?

D-day. Duh!

25 posted on 07/25/2006 7:47:51 AM PDT by TankerKC (┐JosÚ puede usted ver?)
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To: TankerKC
AF 35-10 from 1972 to 1980 had the provision to wear Class A's June 6th, in honor of the men that died on D Day
26 posted on 07/25/2006 8:39:13 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: mbynack
I believe that General Officer promotions are considered temporary.

General Officer promotions work the same way as enlisted ones. You have to be in the rank for a certain period of time to retire there. Also, they still do some brevet ranks when there is a major callup of reserves. Generally when the reserves are de-mobilized, the ranks revert.
27 posted on 07/25/2006 8:41:44 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq - don't argue with internet people, they are on the internet for a reason)
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To: bmwcyle

The Palis' got a GOP? *smirk*


28 posted on 07/25/2006 10:15:27 AM PDT by dangus
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To: TankerKC

Boy, I bet your glad no-one caught THAT for at least eight minutes.

OK... REAL BUSH supporteds (of GHWB, anyway), celebrate D-Day on September 6, anyway, right?


29 posted on 07/25/2006 10:21:09 AM PDT by dangus
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