Skip to comments.Candidate possibly embellishing military career with unearned ribbons & medals
Posted on 08/10/2010 9:02:20 AM PDT by paulbunyan69
There is a current politician and candidate running for reelection here in SW Ohio who is a peacetime Air Force veteran. She served honorably for 6 years as an officer. She never saw combat nor was in theater.
What is troubling is that this politician goes around wearing a chest full of military ribbons as if she were some sort of war hero. She wears them on her shirts, jackets, and other articles of clothing at public events. She almost resembles General Patton. She also let's you know that she is a veteran over and over and over again. She campaigns on it. John Kerry would be very proud of his Democratic colleague.
Here's where it gets interesting; when she first ran for office the ribbons she wore were those she was awarded while in the service. We can identify all of 7 them and I have her official USAF photo.
BUT, since then, they have more than doubled and now she is sporting 18 ribbons!! Some people are wondering if she is wearing ROTC ribbons or just bought some at the flea market and is trying to puff herself up even more.
I have identified awards she initially sported. They appear to be legitimate. HOWEVER I cannot identify the rest (11 others). I have searched through AFROTC, CAP, etc as well as other military award charts and just cannot find any of them.
Any help exposing this potential fraud would be greatly appreciated. Please see the posted pictures below for more details. I could be wrong and she might have earned them, whatever they are. But we need to know for sure to protect the honor of all servicemen & women. Thank you!
11 ribbons for the bi-annual Air Force cake sale?
There are alot of BS ribbions out there - including state ribbions if in the National Guard.
For example - I got two ribbions just for going to to basic training. And then about 5 or 6 for going overseas (not counting ones for actions in combat).
It gets a little silly. But all these ribbions could be legit.
Like Jack Spade?
I can imagine her qualifying for some of the firearms medals even without being active duty, but I don't see any on there that I remember being firearms ribbons. In fact, that whole configuration looks a little funny... like a constellation from the southern hemisphere or something.
Isn’t there some kind of restriction against someone from campaigning while in uniform, even if retired?
They need to be identified... ribbons are given not just for combat time but also for some special, non-combat achievement. Maybe she qualified as a sharp shooter 3 years in a row and that may have given her 2-3 ribbons. Maybe she ran faster than anyone in her age group during the PT tests. You simply cannot know. Find out if she released her military records with the DoD and get a copy of her DD214. Every ribbon and medal and achievement will be listed there.
First of all, on the top photo, she shouldn’t be wearing both the mini-medals for Air Force Commendation Medal and whatever the other one is AND their associated ribbons.
The additional ribbons in the lower photo are mainly lower in rank precedence than her “alive and breathing” (AF Training) ribbon, so (without researching) I assume their decorations from other nations (Kuwait, etc.). It does seem like a WHOLE lot of ribbons for 6 years of service; however, not out of line if she’s remained active in the reserves and possibly deployed.
“John Kerry would be very proud of his Democratic colleague.”
Why did I know it was a dem when I read the title?
Those could be theater ribbons from other countries. That of course doesn’t explain why she would be wearing them.
Op Row, Right Side, Red/Black/White ribbon.
As I recall this is the Germany/Japan Occupation ribbon. How old is she?
Dems usually don’t release their DD214s.
They really compliment her eyes.
Okay, at the end of the 2nd row, beginning of 3rd, I see Longevity ribbon, Small Arms ribbon, and AF Training ribbon. Everything beyond that is lower ranking (if she has them in the right order) so they might indeed be very lightweight but legit awards.
When I was in you didn't get any for basic(except your marksmanship medal, no ribbon for that one)and only a good conduct medal when you got out, even if you served overseas(which I did), unless, of course, you saw combat.
I love that movie!
She has three awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross? Second on top.
What is her name? Send her info to the POW Network.
That’s the AF Outstanding Unit Award.
That jumped out at me too.
My cousin has one and is on his four tour flying c130s.
one of these look like the Cold War Commemertative medal,a medal not recognized by military authorities,but presented by medal companies to honor a vet or group of vets
She does not seem to display any wings. I have not seen anyone display the DFC who is not rated. There are some commemorative medals that can be purchased online. She may be using some of those.
Here is how she describes her military record on her web site. It still doesn’t explain her 11 extra ribbons & medals AND why she wears them around like she’s some sort of war hero:
On active duty, I achieved many accomplishments and received many honors: Outstanding Unit Award (three times). Highest possible operational readiness rating. Best Combat Crew Communications Branch, USAF (two consecutive years). Outstanding History Award. First Local Area Network for USAF Europe. Officer of the Year at Tempelhof Central Airport, West Berlin. Company Grade Officer Association, vice president. Tripled Enrollment (as ROTC recruiting officer). Top Retention Rate in Ohio (as ROTC recruiting officer and instructor of freshmen cadets). Physical Fitness Award. Women In Military Service for America Memorial, Charter Member. Special Olympics Committee Leader,
North Dakota. Air Force Commendation Medal (three times). Army of Occupation Medal. National Defense Service Medal. Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Medal. Service in Support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
I believe that the Arkansas and Louisiana Army and Air National Guard were actually awarded the Cold War Victory Medal. There has been an effort to authorize the medal at the federal level, but it never went anywhere.
By today’s standards it wouldn’t be unreasonable to award it.
Third row, left-most is the small arms expert marksmanship medal.
Second Row: National Defense Service Medal, Over-Seas Service Ribbon Long Tour, Longevity Service Award
Third Row: Small Arms Expert, Air Force Training Ribbon, Unidentified (not on USAF list)
Fourth Row: None Identified as USAF
Fifth Row: None Identified as USAF
Sixth Row: None Identified as USAF
Nope. The Outstanding Unit Award looks like this: Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.
The prior poster is correct.
Nope, I'm correct.
The candidate's words posted #25 above:
"On active duty, I achieved many accomplishments and received many honors: Outstanding Unit Award (three times). Highest possible operational readiness rating. "
You notice the two bronze oak leaf clusters? And the above picture is not of true colors.
The position of the OUA ribbon is to the left of her Commendation ribbon. If it were a Distinguished Flying Cross, it would be to the right of her Commendation ribbon. If she was awarded 3 DFC medals, she would toot her horn about them.
The Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon
The Distinguished Flying Cross Ribbon
They are similar in design.
Bottom row from her left to right
AF training ribbon
Small arms expert marksmanship ribbon
AF longevity service award
Second row from her left to right
National defence service medal
Army of occupation medal (same as the medal on her left)
__?__ with device
Looks like AF commendation with device (looks like same as the medal on her right)
I stand corrected. Maybe it’s my screen. It’s weird, though, the black on the unit citation (middle) looks bluish/purple (which is why I went with DFC), but the medal to the right of it is clearly black and red. Even your pics of the individual medals show distinct color differences on my screen.
Top row... 3rd medal (Black/Red/white borders) is the WWII Occupation Medal issued to the Army/Navy/USMC/USCG. This medal is similar to the Kosovo Campaign medal.
That one stood out.
I don’t have time to research this today but some could be Commemorative medals which are not issued by the government and not authorized on military uniforms BUT can be worn on civies. You can buy a bunch of them and be somebody, eh?
I see it better in the link in post 32. The Outstanding Unit Citation is blue, not black. Funny, they all have different hues (your pic looks black), hers bluish/purple, and the link in 32 is definitely blue.
her actual number is on the website - 513 792 0668
Connie Pillich - I reminded her she wasn’t even BORN when he Army of Occupation ribbon was issued.
Her Tempelhof Berlin, Germany assignment is the likely source for the Army of Occupation Medal.
Here is what we have been able to figure out:
Air Force Commendation Medal, 2x
Air Force Gallant Unit Award, 3x
National Defense Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
But what in the wide wide world of sports are the rest of those ribbons? Did she just buy a bunch and slap them on?
She is a lawyer in Ohio and as a member of the bar can face disbarment for observed violation of Title 18 USC. Anyone can make the complaint.
If you read the thread, you will discover that the bottom three rows don't appear to be USAF ribbons.
How old is she? When did she serve? I ask that because the white-black-red ribbon (and medal) shown in the middle picture (medal and second row middle in the ribbons) and the bottom picture (top row right) is the post WWII occupation medal. According to the medals poster here at the Navy command where I work, it also includes the Berlin Airlift, but was probably not issued after 1950.
My Dad had that medal.
I don't think that even the Air Force allows the ribbons to be worn with civilian attire. Am I correct?
I am sorry, but she strikes me as someone with a hell of an Attitude.
Looking at her for some reason reminds me of Capt Holly Graf.
Some types of people when they get real power are just off the chain and if they don't get respect will go ballistic at the drop of a hat and terrify those around (and especially under) them...