CAP Old Yellow Stain Receives Wheless Award

Maj Gen Mark Smith, Col Robert Karton, Col Jayson AltieriMaj Gen Mark Smith, Col Robert Karton, Col Jayson Altieri (Photo Source - Susan Schneider, CAP National HQ)

by Tom Keefer | AuxBeacon News Contributor

[Editor’s Note: We received this contribution from a CAP member in August. It crisply demonstrates how the CAP leadership can recycle or even reinvent a legacy for their purpose. Please keep your submissions coming. We will get them up as fast as we can after they have been verified. Thank you for this contribution.]

Dear Aux Beacon staff,

As some of your readers will recall, the late Maj Gen Dwight Wheless was forced out as the CAP national commander in less than 1 year of time served. The events of his relationship with a civilian employee [name redacted] at CAP national headquarters were recorded in June of 2005 on capblog.

“It has come to the attention of the senior leadership of the Air Force and the members of our Board of Governors that Maj Gen Wheless has been having an ongoing relationship with a paid staff member at National Headquarters.  An anonymous letter sent after the Winter National Board made a series of allegations against Maj Gen Wheless that were duly investigated by the CAP IG, Col Bill Charles. The charge regarding an improper relationship with a staff member was found to be SUSTAINED.”

Later, Dwight Wheless was CAP national legal officer when nearly all IG complaints were halted to reign in the Total Force partnership with the Air Force.

It seems fitting for Col Robert M. Karton to receive the first Wheless Award since he was the one who stonewalled Maj Michael Bell’s membership reinstatement because Bell was moving to file a discrimination complaint against Col Richard Greenwood and others in Georgia Wing.

Karton also deviated from Civil Air Patrol regulations in order to acquire Lt Col Bobby Hill’s termination.

I have seen this time and time again since the 1990s. CAP leaders reward lower ranking commanders and inspectors for taking on the risk of dirty deeds so that they may advance in the clear.


Col Jayson Altieri was invited last Saturday, along with Maj Gen Mark Smith, Civil Air Patrol National Commander, to present the first Maj Gen Dwight H. Wheless Legal Officer of the Year Award to Col Robert M Karton of the Illinois Wing at the 2018 Civil Air Patrol National Conference in Anaheim, CA.

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17 Comments on "CAP Old Yellow Stain Receives Wheless Award"


  2. I’d like to nominate John Postl for next year’s Wheless the CAP Weasel Award. In fact, if y’all did a nominations post we could add to it over time as the propeller turns. What say you?

    [Admin: Good idea, I will find an editor to put it together for you.]

  3. Avatar PorkAlaska450K | October 24, 2018 at 22:36 | Reply

    [Admin: This comment came in a few days ago.]

    Shut TF up, Carl.

    The people of Alaska are getting a clue from this site about Civil Air Patrol abuses and pork.

    HB 286 – Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget (CCS HB 286)

    m. Department of Public Safety.
    The legislature included several expressions of legislative intent in the appropriations to the Department of Public Safety including that that the Alaska Wing Civil Air Patrol actively search for non-state funding for its operations.

    In response to this, Carl Brown AKWG CC asked that funding remain at $450,000. That is an insane amount of money for these buffoons.

    Check out this poor tool from Minnesota Wing CAP begging the state gov’t for funds:

    For someone who was a former wing commander, he doesn’t know CAP all that well since he constantly has to read his scriptied notes to tell about the CAP. Why does MNWG get state appropriations of $80,000 per year when they don’t do much?

    Florida Wing, the largest CAP Wing, has no state appropriations.

  4. How stupid do they assume we are?

  5. The problem has been that the CAP wings and regions have been sending the usual suspects, the region commander’s and wing commander’s buddies to the training. You know that most often those buddies are the members who are in CAP for the rank, a salute, a ribbon, a medal and politics. We who do the work and are qualified usually get left behind. Karton is one on of those good ole boys. He didn’t qualify for this award (was the assistant legal officer), but they gave it to him regardless since he plays their “political” game.

  6. They are wearing USAF style uniforms. This makes the USAF LOOK REALLY BAD!

  7. After 9 months in the CAP, I have had enough. SAR, what SAR? The adults in my unit talk about how great CAP was in the past with little resolve for the future. Many are inactive that pay their annual dues but do nothing or ever show up. This I don’t get. Kick out the do nothings.

    As for the cadets, they are easily recruited, but quickly depart after a few meetings. Why, because of the lack of in all areas. Not that I care any more since I am no longer a part of it. What a waste of my time and money! What a joke!

  8. Show the readers the RAND report about sexual assault at pilot training bases.

  9. Bowling? Wheless? Soon we will have Ferrie, Pineda and Governale Awards. SMDH.

  10. There are too few people left in the program so they have to make use of these characters.

  11. Avatar AltiwheelerDealer | September 24, 2018 at 22:40 | Reply

    Yeah, this doesn’t look good at all. Plus, isn’t Altieri Wheless’ son in law?

  12. Isn’t Altieri Wheless’ son in law?

  13. Check out this photo of Altieri flying with Harry C.

    [link redacted]

  14. Naming this prestigious award after Wheless was a HUGE cluster f%%k by CAP National Headquarters. The #MeToo movement would be outraged.

  15. That they believe we won’t realize what they are doing or will just take it in silence is what really angers me to find stories on them to give to you.

  16. “a series of allegations against Maj Gen Wheless that were duly investigated by the CAP IG, Col Bill Charles. The charge regarding an improper relationship with a staff member was found to be SUSTAINED.”

    WHY WASN’T WHELESS STRIPED OF HIS RANK AND TERMINATED? We are all held by the same standards, regulations, rules and laws. This is selective enforcement.

  17. I think Robert Karton needs a refresher in what it means to be a lawyer:

    Preamble: a Lawyer’s Responsibilities
    [1] A lawyer, as a member of the legal profession, is a representative of clients, an officer of the legal system and a public citizen having special responsibility for the quality of justice…

    [5] A lawyer’s conduct should conform to the requirements of the law, both in professional service to clients and in the lawyer’s business and personal affairs. A lawyer should use the law’s procedures only for legitimate purposes and not to harass or intimidate others. A lawyer should demonstrate respect for the legal system and for those who serve it, including judges, other lawyers and public officials. While it is a lawyer’s duty, when necessary, to challenge the rectitude of official action, it is also a lawyer’s duty to uphold legal process.

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