AF Heather Wilson on Responsibility vs Liability for Texas Church Shooter

Air Force corruptionAir Force Secretary Heather Wilson has many Air Force problems

Submitted by “Knot” Georgie Gordon

[Editor’s Note: We received multiple offerings and comments on this story, but “Knot” Georgie Gordon worked it up into a chef d’œuvre. Thank you for the contribution.]

I caught a glimpse of the news this morning in Signature at [redacted] as Secretary Heather Wilson was conceding the Air Force failure to enter the court martial conviction of Texas Church Shooter Devin Patrick Kelley into the National Criminal Information Center. Apparently, the Special Investigations Office at Holloman failed to transmit the domestic violence charges. This failure allowed him to buy the weapons so that he could murder 26 people.

The exchange went something like this, but you should check it before you go to print. [Ed: We did, only minor corrections. Nice job.]

“We’ve taken responsibility and we’re going to find out what happened and fix it,” said Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to the panel on CNBC’s Squawk Box.

Wilson was asked “Do you know if this is a broader problem? Is this a more institutional problem? Is this more than one case?”

She replied, “We don’t know, but we are checking all of the Air Force databases. and there are several of them, to find out and confirm that all court martial convictions for these kinds of offenses have been recorded in the civilian databases.”

When prompted, she continued “The defense department inspector general [that’s Glenn Fine] is also going to be looking across the department to make sure that everything is checked and that all procedures are clarified. We will actually be doing a stand down in the middle of the month to do complete training of the officers responsible for this.”

When asked if the Air Force will have to accept liability, Heather Wilson deflected by stating that

I’m more interested in responsibility. We’ve taken responsibility and we are going to find out what happened and fix it.”

Wilson was sworn in as Secretary of the Air Force on May 16th, 2017.

Heather Wilson is a public servant paid by US tax-payers and it is off-putting, arrogant and unhelpful for her to sidestep a question from the public using her own interests and preferences as an excuse. There is no doubt she would prefer not to be addressing this failure at all, but she must.

Heather Wilson can be reminded of the definition of Toxic Leadership: “is a combination of self-centered attitudes, motivations, and behaviors that have adverse effects on subordinates, the organization, and mission performance. This leader lacks concern for others and the climate of the organization, which leads to short- and long-term negative effects. The toxic leader operates with an inflated sense of self-worth and from acute self-interest.”

The Air Force may be found financially liable in these 26 deaths because, under the law and under Pentagon rules, convictions of military personnel in crimes like assault should be shared with the FBI through the National Criminal Information Center database.

Heather Wilson, just as Deborah Lee James nearly admitted, may be wholly out of her depth when it comes to comprehending and fixing the systemic problems of abuse, corruption and incompetence in the United States Air Force and its Civilian Auxiliary of Civil Air Patrol. It is a national disgrace that our tax-dollars are going to fund a pleasant retirement for Maj Gen Arthur Lichte who used his very high rank to coerce a subordinate female Air Force officer into having sex with him.

“Your conduct is disgraceful and, but for the statute of limitations bar to prosecution, would be more appropriately addressed through the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” wrote Deborah Lee James in Lichte’s reprimand.

The following is just a sample of the Air Force and Auxiliary abuse cases that have appeared in the news within the past years. We are getting nowhere with the cover-ups, the command discretion and the whistle-blower reprisals. This failed approach has created a nest of cock-roaches in the filth.

Sign me as “Knot Georgie Gordon”

Cadet 1st Class Jacob Cook, USAFA
Cadet 1st Class Steven Fox, USAFA
Cadet 4th Class Sammy Tawakkol, USAFA
Cadet No Class Jack D. Warmolts, USAFA
Cadet 1st Class Daniel Ryerson, USAFA

Maj Gen Arthur James Lichte, USAF
Maj Gen Michael J. Carey, USAF
Lt Gen John F. Thompson, USAF
Lt Gen John Hesterman, USAF
Lt Gen Mike Gould, USAF

Col Ronald S. Jobo, USAF
Col Michael Shawn Garrett, USAF
Col Leland Bohannon, USAF
Col Andrew Green, USAF
Col James Halsell Jr, USAF
Col Eugene Marcus Caughey, USAF
Lt Col Humphrey Daniels III, USAF
Lt Col Christopher Huisman, USAF
Lt Col Michael J. Briggs, USAF
Lt Col James Richards, USAF
Lt Col Stephen Governale, USAF
Capt Dirk Watson, USAF
CMSGT Jose Barraza, USAF

Col Jeff Wong, Civil Air Patrol
Lt Col John C. Kershenstein, Civil Air Patrol
Lt Col Kevin McSparron, Civil Air Patrol
Edwin C. Culbert, Civil Air Patrol
Lt Col Edward Zayas, Civil Air Patrol
Lt Col Joseph Knight, Civil Air Patrol
Lt Col Brett Slagle, Civil Air Patrol
Lt Col William Kidney, Civil Air Patrol
Capt David Greenberg, Civil Air Patrol
Jeffery David Carter, Civil Air Patrol

17 Comments on "AF Heather Wilson on Responsibility vs Liability for Texas Church Shooter"

  1. The Air Force has six months to defend itself against the claim or to pay a settlement.

    http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/family-who-lost-9-family-members-in-church-shooting-files-claim-against-air-force

  2. From Gun Owners of America, Dec. 3, 2017:

    Texas Senator John Cornyn — the second most powerful Senator in Washington — is a traditionally pro-gun friend who made a big mistake by sponsoring a bad gun control bill.

    But, rather than admitting that he made a mistake, he is digging in — and, in the process, becoming a vocal advocate for gun control.

    It should tell you something that Cornyn’s “Fix NICS” cosponsors include these gun control crazies: Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

    You may remember that Sen. Murphy is the guy who put the infamous item on social media arguing that God doesn’t listen to gun owners’ prayers.

    Well, now Murphy is publicly arguing that the Cornyn “Fix NICS” bill is the most important gun control in a long time, stating: “The Fix NICS Act is the most important piece of bipartisan guns legislation since Manchin-Toomey…. Reforms aren’t window dressing. Big deal.”

    The goal of the Cornyn-Feinstein-Murphy-Schumer bill is to force every single potential NICS name to be sent to the FBI’s NCIS system.

    It was prompted by reports that the Air Force did not send the name of the Sutherland Springs shooter to NICS — even though he certainly could have gotten a firearm in a wide variety of ways, even if he had been in NICS, and even though his carnage was stopped by the real solution to violence … a good guy with a gun.

    The problem is that, because of this isolated horror story, the Cornyn bill could add the names of millions of additional law-abiding Americans to NICS.

    You already know of the 257,000 veterans who have lost their rights because of a bad experience in Iraq.

    You already know that 95% of NICS denials are “false positives.”

    And you probably also know that “Fix NICS” would require that the rolls of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and ObamaCare be trolled for recipients with PTSD, ADHD, or Alzheimer’s — that is, people who have had guardians appointed.

    What you may not know is that the SECOND LARGEST CATEGORY of prohibited persons is “fugitives from justice” — and that a good portion of these are Americans who have UNPAID TRAFFIC TICKETS.

    The Department of Justice reported in 2012 that 19.1% of denials (13,862) were as a result of being a “fugitive from Justice.” That category sounds ominous until you consider that unresolved traffic issues are one of the most common forms of bench warrants that can result in your becoming a “fugitive from justice.”

    At Gun Owners of America, we frequently see gun owners who are denied for no apparent reason -or for the slightest reasons (like traffic offenses).

    Take Ryan, who was denied a gun purchase by NICS. Upon appealing his denial, he said, “the only thing [my attorney] can find is that i have a bench warrent [sic] from Ohio for failure to appear for a traffic ticket.”

    Or take this gun buyer who, in posting to a “General Firearms Forum,” said he was denied and, upon appeal, “got a letter in the mail saying I had an outstanding warrant for a traffic ticket out of state from 6 years ago.”

    So don’t be fooled by lying legislators who say they want to expand NICS to reach hard-core criminals, when they’re really going after speeders.

    The dirty little secret of NICS is that hundreds of thousands of people in the database are law-abiding Americans who did nothing wrong, unless you count “service to your country” and/or “speeding.”

    And many of the names which the “Traffic Ticket Gun Ban” would add would largely fall into these categories.

    There is no reason why the second most powerful senator in the country — Texas Senator John Cornyn — should be leading a gun control charge.

    Instead, the Senate should be taking up concealed carry reciprocity instead!

    Sadly, Senator Cornyn is saying that he wants to push gun control first, and then get to concealed carry later.

    But what the Senator is ignoring is this: If gun control passes into law, he will have lost any leverage he had to score a pro-gun victory with his seminal reciprocity bill.

    So please contact your Senators and urge them to OPPOSE the Traffic Ticket Gun Ban (S. 2135) and to support an immediate vote on concealed carry reciprocity (S. 446).

    Thanks so much for your help.

    In Liberty,

    Erich Pratt
    Executive Director

  3. From “News of the Force,” Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, Page 1:
    The parents of one of the victims killed in the Nov. 5th shooting rampage at a Texas church filed a claim yesterday against the U.S. Air Force.
    The U.S. Air Force said yesterday there were at least several dozen cases of serious crimes involving its personnel which it failed to report to a federal database.

  4. As recently as February 2015, the Pentagon inspector general reported that hundreds of convicted offenders’ fingerprints were not submitted to the FBI’s criminal history database. The report found about a 30 percent failure rate for submitting fingerprints and criminal case outcomes.

    A February 1997 report by the Pentagon inspector general found widespread lapses. Fingerprint cards were not submitted to the FBI criminal history files in more than 80 percent of cases in the Army and Navy, and 38 percent in the Air Force.

  5. Wilson Comedy | November 23, 2017 at 15:19 | Reply

    Heather Wilson is a failed US Senate candidate and an ignorant hypocrite who has encouraged the bullying of those who learned what Jesus really is.

    During her failed bid for the US Senate in 2012, she made statements against a proposed anti-bullying bill saying that:

    “We have to recognize as parents that children tease each other.” The correct response, she said, is not to punish the bullies, but to “strengthen our children to be comfortable with themselves.” She added that the bill was probably a violation of religious freedom because it could limit their ability to “express an opinion with respect to homosexuality.”

    USAFA cadets and US Air Force Officers take an oath to uphold the US Constitution and cannot choose the time or place to ignore this oath in favor of their fundamentalist understanding of one religion.

    AFI 1-1

    2.12. …Leaders at all levels must balance constitutional protections for their own free exercise of religion, including individual expressions of religious beliefs, and the constitutional prohibition against governmental establishment of religion. They must ensure their words and actions cannot reasonably be construed to be officially endorsing or disapproving of, or extending preferential treatment for any faith, belief, or absence of belief.

    AFI 36-2706
    1.1.1 It is against Air Force policy for any Airman, military or civilian, to unlawfully discriminate against, harass, intimidate or threaten another Airman on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, reprisal, or genetic information.”

  6. Master Sgt. Edwin Smuda

  7. On Sept. 23, 2016, a 16-year-old student at John Marshall High School told police that she stayed after school a few days earlier to practice for JROTC Honor Guard. After practice, she said she asked the instructor, 52-year-old Lt. Col. Paul Bianchi, to take her home. The teen girl said that Bianchi agreed and asked her to wait inside his classroom. When Bianchi came into the classroom, he reportedly started to massage the girl’s neck. The girl told police that Bianchi moved his hands down her body and groped her breasts. The girl reported the incident to authorities. After interviewing Bianchi, police arrested the Air Force instructor for sexual assault and booked him into the Oklahoma County Jail.

    • I was about to ask wtf this has to do with Civil Air Patrol, but then saw your about us page and header. Clever way to make the point that the corrupt culture dribbles down from Congress.

    • BIANCHI, PAUL EDWARD:
      10-19-2017 CTPRLW
      JUDGE MCCRAY: COMES ON FOR PHC. DEFENDANT APPEARS IN PERSON, W/ COUNSEL M. JOHNSON. STATE PRESENT BY ADA M .EASTER. DEFT WAIVES PRELIM. HEARING AND FURTHER TIME TO PLEA. DEFENDANT IS HEREBY BOUND OVER TO STAND TRIAL. PRETRIAL CONF. SET FOR 12-20-17 AT 9AM BEFORE JUDGE GRAVES. COURT REPORTER WAIVED. BAIL SET AT $5,000.
      Pursuant to 12 O.S. § 39, Document Available at Court Clerk’s Office

  8. From News of the Force: Half the victims of the Texas church shooting had connections to the Air Force. The gunman had himself been in the Air Force, but was kicked out due to bad conduct after pleading guilty to charges of domestic violence. The killer, Devin Kelley, a former airman in the U.S. Air Force, died of what appears to have been a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being shot by a civilian bystander armed with an AR-15.

  9. Davy Crotchit | November 9, 2017 at 21:10 | Reply

    I’m not sure if I should put this comment on the SecyAF Heather Wilson story or on the Pamerleau Patrol story, so I will do both. Personally, I feel that our commanders in Civil Patrol are not providing us with enough encouragement to come out and expose just how pervy our leaders are. Instead, it feels like they are trying to GAG us and it makes it hard to breathe.

    The 2015 arrest of Air Force JROTC instructor Master Sgt. James Millard Knuckles in Clearwater, FL is recent enough to past muster. But you can dig deeper to find a more recent event local to our messed-up Bexar County too.

    MSgt Darrell Harris served 24 years of active service in the United States Air Force, serving some time as a flight-line maintenance superintendent. He took a job as JROTC instructor at Brennan High School in 2014. On Thursday August 11 2016 he was pulled over with a half-dressed teen student, and charged with a felony.

    The 16 year old female student, who was taken to a hospital for an evaluation, told medical professionals that she and Harris had sex several times, starting in May.

    http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/BCSO-Northside-ISD-ROTC-teacher-arrested-for-9136587.php

  10. PeachtreePartin | November 8, 2017 at 18:17 | Reply

    As a result of US Air Force Auxiliary negligence, Judge Tim Batten awarded $11.9 million to Karen J. Curtis, the widow of Peachtree City physician Jeffrey Van Curtis. I’m no lawyer, tho and would defer to Atlanta’s Ranse Partin who is now the goto guy on not making Lori Swanson mistakes when suing Civil Air Patrol.

    • I remember the Lori Swanson lawsuit like it was yesterday. If she had invested in a better lawyer, she might have won. The loss actually emboldened the abusive behavior.

      “Women employees at CAP ”suffered harassment, unequal pay, intimidation, discrimination. We were not treated fairly,” she [Lori Swanson] testified.”

      Even tho she lost that case, Lori Swanson is a hero.

      https://www.leagle.com/decision/1998134937fsupp2d131211204

  11. WildBlueWonder | November 8, 2017 at 16:43 | Reply

    While Heather Wilson is focused on beefing up the Air Force and advocating against the proposed U.S. Space Corps, she has yet to resolve the big mess left by former USAF Chief of Staff, Gen Mark Welsh…

    The Air Force is under fire for its failure to properly report Kelley’s assault conviction, with members of Congress and the public questioning how Kelley’s conviction went unnoticed in federal records, and whether such reporting failures are systemic. On Tuesday, an exasperated Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, wondered aloud how Kelley slipped through the cracks of the system.

    “This speaks to making sure we actually enforce our laws that we have on the books,” Ryan said.

    On the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon, Sen, Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, said the Air Force’s failure was indirectly, if not directly, responsible for allowing Kelley to obtain firearms.

    “The Air Force’s lapse is shocking and inexcusable,” Blumenthal said.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/air-force-secretary-says-texas-shooter-was-a-serious-problem-in-the-air-force/

    • It’s not just the Air Force. From News of the Force, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017:
      “The U.S. Army’s chief of staff said yesterday there were “significant” gaps in reporting soldiers’ criminal activities to the FBI.”

  12. You should do the dozens of current Air Force JROTC convictions. Check for Master Sgt. James Millard Knuckles out of Clearwater, FL.

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