Filling in blanks at the Georgia National Guard

Gov. Nathan Deal has begun filling some of the blanks at the Georgia National Guard. From the Gainesville Times:

Gainesville native Joe Jarrard is Georgia’s new deputy adjutant general.

Gov. Nathan Deal named the retired lieutenant colonel to the post Friday, lauding Jarrard for his “long and distinguished history of service to the country,” including two active tours of duty in Iraq and 25 months of civilian service in Afghanistan….

Jarrard returned Tuesday from Afghanistan, where he was part of the Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team, formerly under the command of Gen. David Petraeus….

Deal’s appointment “came out of nowhere,” Jarrard said. “But I’m very honored and looking forward to the challenge. I’ve basically been a soldier most of my life, so it’s good to be back in that business.”

The press release issued by the governor’s office on Friday made no mention of the woman Jarrad will replace, Major Gen. Maria Britt, who resigned when the governor put an end to the four-year tenure of Maj. Gen. Terry Nesbitt as adjutant general. He will be replaced by state Sen. Jim Butterworth, a former Georgia air reservist.

The changing of the guard has become something of a soap opera. After his sacking, Nesbit dismissed Brig. Gen. Larry Dudney, which prompted this column from state Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler:

I grew up on Osteen Street in Port Wentworth, Ga.

Although my parents told me that for the first few years of my life we lived in the old Savannah Garden Apartments on President Street that have long been demolished, I don’t remember those times. My childhood memories start and end in Port Wentworth. And they are good memories.

Unlike those who have blocked out childhood memories because of ugly incidents or tragedies they don’t want to recall, I cherish mine. Good friends, a great neighborhood, loving parents- all the ingredients for a great place to grow up. As I grow older I realize even more how lucky I was to grow up in such a great place- extremely lucky.

I left home the day I turned 18- not out of teenage anger or because my parents kicked me out but it just happened to be the day I left to go off to college. After being away for five years at college, I returned with a beautiful bride and we chose to make Pooler our home. Again, luck shone upon me.

A few years ago, while I was representing West Chatham and South Effingham counties in the state House of Representatives, I was invited to a dinner in Atlanta honoring our state’s National Guard. I’m very familiar with this great organization as my first job was as a landscape engineer, a.k.a. grass cutter, at Travis Field during high school.

As fate would have it, I was joyously reunited that night with one of my childhood friends who also grew up on Osteen Street.

Larry Dudney, a red-headed, side armed pitcher who was the drummer at Port Wentworth Elementary School was there in uniform — the kind of uniform that a brigadier general for the Georgia Army National Guard wears.

Catching up with my childhood friend that night was quite a treat. Larry’s family had moved to Effingham County when he reached high school and we had lost contact since then so we had a lot of catching up to do.

After high school, Larry graduated from Georgia Southern University and also earned a degree from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. Larry is a true Georgian – a home-grown product.

Brig. Gen. Dudneys’ military career has been exemplary. He has served two combat tours overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq. During the Afghanistan tour he served as Commanding Officer of a NATO command.

He has also received two of the military’s highest awards while stateside, the Soldiers Medal and the Purple Heart.

Brig. General Dudney received the Purple Heart for the heroism he displayed on September 11, 2001. That fateful day, while he was on assignment at the Pentagon, terrorists flew a hijacked jet into the building. He was cited for his participation in the rescue- a true American hero who grew up on Osteen Street in Port Wentworth, GA.

Last week I got a call from my childhood friend and the news was not good. He had been fired from his position.

That’s right. This Georgia grown hero had been fired only a few days after he was the featured speaker in a ceremony welcoming the arrival of a portion of the Pentagon’s west wall to Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robbins.

It is well known that politics play a big part in the National Guard. The Governor appoints the Adjunct General who oversees the state Department of Defense and its 14,000 members. Recently, Governor Nathan Deal announced that he was appointing State Senator Jim Butterworth from Cornelia in Northeast Georgia to replace Major Gen. Terry Nesbitt at the end of September.

But earlier this week, Major Gen. Nesbitt started cleaning house and fired a number of high ranking officers while still others announced they were resigning, a sad ending to his four years at the helm of our state’s ultimate volunteer organization.

Now Governor Deal and Senator Butterworth have been put into a very unenviable situation that only they can bring reasonableness and fairness to. Let us hope that they do just that.

As for my childhood friend from Osteen Street in Port Wentworth, regardless of the outcome of all of this, you will always be one of our state’s and our nation’s heroes.

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Former U.S. Rep. Pat Swindall has been sentenced to one year of probation after pleading guilty to three misdemeanor counts of being involved in illegal campaign contributions. From the Associated Press:

The Daily Report says in its Friday edition that Swindall was sentenced on Aug. 26 in an alleged scheme to funnel $8,000 in campaign contributions to former Atlanta City Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd.

The newspaper reports that prosecutors agreed to drop felony charges in return for Swindall’s guilty pleas to one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit a crime and two counts of exceeding the maximum allowable campaign contribution.

The sentence came after Swindall and prosecutors agreed to an “Alford plea,” a legal maneuver that lets Swindall maintain his innocence while acknowledging prosecutors have enough evidence against him.

Swindall represented a suburban Atlanta district from 1985 to 1989. He later served one year in federal prison after he was convicted in 1992 of perjury.

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32 comments Add your comment

SSG

September 19th, 2011
9:12 am

This is a travesty, and BG Dudney should be reinstated. The Governor or the new TAG should step in and right this wrong.

blue dog

September 19th, 2011
9:18 am

Jim

Gov Deal is straight out of the past…pre integration Georgia. Those in charge appointed their buddies to top positions regardless of qualifications…and don’t even try to justify the appointments because there is no real “opposition” left in Georgia. The last “white Democrat” will be defeated in 2012. Then Georgia will truly continue down that backward path to the pre FDR era where all was grand…for those white good ol boys in charge.

Full disclosure

September 19th, 2011
10:23 am

Joe Jarrard is the son of Nathan Deal’s former law partner.

the original and still the best John Galt

September 19th, 2011
10:56 am

Same-old same-old political appointments in a military institution would be a joke if not for the National Guard being expected to deploy to AFPAK and Iraq over and over.

Just The Facts

September 19th, 2011
11:42 am

The recent appointment of Capt (Senator) Jim Butterworth and Lt. Col. (Retired) Joe Jarrard places the Georgia National Guard in a terrible position. Maj. Gen. Tom Moore, Commander of the Air National Guard is the only General Officer left in the State who is a Federally Recognized General Officer. Many have asked how the Governor can legally make such appointments. The law is clear and it appears that the Governor maneuvered it carefully and skillfully. He is using the “Organized Militia” wording in regard the appointment of Capt (Senator) Butterworth. Butterworth will join the State Defense Force and they will promote him to “Major” (Field Grade Officer) as required by law. The State Defense Force is a super organization, but their entry level requirements are not as stringent as those of the National Guard and do not require any form of federal recognition. The Adjutant General position has always been political, but this one is off the charts. Capt (Senator) Butterworth was clearly given this job to keep him from running for the new Congressional District created by the recent redistricting work in the State Legislature. Governor Deal will endorse Doug Collins for the new Congressional seat and keep Capt (Senator) Butterworth on a short leash as his Adjutant General. It is also important to note that Capt (Senator) Butterworth resigned from the Air National Guard due to “family concerns”, but if you do some basic research you will find an article that he wrote himself in 2002 indicating that he resigned because he did not want to take the Anthrax shot. That action violated the basic oath that service members take to “obey the lawful orders of the officers appointed over me according to law and regulation.” Service members cannot just decide what orders to follow. This was a selfish and unprofessional action that our Governor is rewarding with a “State Rank” of Lieutenant General. What a horrific example for those serving unselfishly at home and abroad.

The Governor has now appointed Lt. Col. (Retired) Joe Jarrard as Deputy Adjutant General. I am certain that Jarrard is an honorable man who served his country well and retired after 21 years of service. That said Jarrard was never selected to command even a battalion on active duty.  Jarrard was never selected for promotion to Colonel or for attendance at the United States Army War College or any other Senior Service College. These are basic requirements to be a “real” General Officer in the eyes of our Nation. No less should ever be expected or accepted by the citizens of Georgia. Jarrard’s “qualification” is tied to the fact that his father and Governor Deal practiced law together in Gainesville. One could argue that this selection had NOTHING TO DO WITH QUALIFICATIONS.  As a result, the Georgia Army National Guard is left without a “real” General Officer anywhere in the chain of command. Again, the Governor maneuvered carefully and skillfully around the law to make this appointment. Note that he did NOT refer to Jarrard as the “Assistant Adjutant General-Army”. The law has specific requirements for this title and Jarrard cannot meet those requirements as the law reads today. The press release refers to Jarrard as the “Deputy Adjutant General”. The law authorizes this title and attaches no real qualifications to it.

Those outside the National Guard might assume that the Governor had no choice, but that is not the case. He has a host of fully qualified General Officers assigned to the Georgia Army National Guard, but are currently serving outside the State. Any of them could be recalled in a matter of days to serve in either position. In addition, the State has several Colonels who have EARNED “Certificates of Eligibility” for General Officer. This means that they have been confirmed by the United States Senate as having met all the requirements to serve as a legitimate General Officer. All they need is a vacant position and any of them could start immediately with the full authority of a “real” General Officer who meets all the requirements to wear the uniform anywhere in world. Unfortunately, none of the qualified leaders hold membership in the Governor’s good ole boy network. I suspect most of them were too busy SERVING OTHERS!

Decisions have consequences and the consequences of these decisions will be significant in terms of capability, credibility, respect and funding from the federal level. The economic impact on Georgia will not be positive. National Guard Bureau will not take on a Governor, but they will see the Georgia National Guard as a “third string” player at best. The Georgia National Guard has led the nation in every key readiness indicator and contributed significantly in the Homeland Defense and Overseas Contingency missions up until now. It is very troubling to see two political decisions erase all of this so quickly.  I believe in civilian control of the military. It is a basic notion developed by our founding fathers. The assumption is that our civilian leadership will have the fortitude to simply select qualified leaders to serve in appointed positions. If either of these men met even the very BASIC qualifications to serve at the General Officer level, few would even see this as “news”. The military is the standard bearer for peaceful and efficient transitions of authority.

I believe that Governor Deal has placed political expediency above his duty to protect the homeland and ensure that our deploying Soldiers and Airman are prepared to fight and win. Unqualified leaders at the top will surely lead to unacceptable levels of risks for those who serve in the National Guard and for those they are sworn to protect.  

I am certain that those who have sworn an oath will serve our National Guard and these two men. I hope that you will pray for them and their ability to prepare our Soldiers and Airman to serve at home and abroad.  

 

TheBear

September 19th, 2011
2:56 pm

This is my call to State politics! I will not rest until there is a Georgia Law preventing unqualified folks from political appointments to serve in our top military posts. RI learned this lesson many years ago and implemented such a law.

RI Adjutant General Law
TITLE 30
Military Affairs and Defense
CHAPTER 30-2
Organization and Command of Military and Naval Forces
SECTION 30-2-13

§ 30-2-13 Qualifications of adjutant general. – No person shall be
eligible to hold the office of adjutant general unless he or she holds or
has held a commission of at least colonel in the armed forces of the United
States, or in a reserve component thereof, and shall have served not less
than five (5) years in one or more of the federal services, and shall meet
the criteria for federal recognition in the rank to which he or she has been
appointed as prescribed by the laws and regulations of the United States.
History of Section.
(P.L. 1956, ch. 3742, par. 30; G.L. 1956, § 30-2-13; P.L. 1966, ch. 229, §
2; P.L. 1969, ch. 64, § 3.)

Future representative of the people.

Apple Sauce

September 19th, 2011
3:43 pm

“One Bad Apple”. Unless Governor Deal via then Captain-now Major-Major General-Senator Jim Butterworth comes to the Georgia National Guard as a true reformer, the legacy leadership and institutional challenges that have faced the National Guard Organization will continue, manifesting possibly even worse than before. Yes they will subside for a while, quiet down, but they will still exist to become active again even worse than before. The chance even exists that the organization will be run from the outside as a leader in exile as corrupt underboss twice removed runs the organization via the crime syndicate lieutenants and captains, substitute Majors and Colonels.

The problem exists with the entire National Guard organization by not limiting command and leadership time like the active component requires by federal law and regulations. Commanders are required by federal law and regulations to change command at least every two years, if not sooner in some instances. This prevents the “kingdom building” and chronyistic corruption that we have seen slowly but surely denigrate the entire Georgia National Guard. It is the exact reason we have Presidential term limits and should be applied to other political positions. J. Edgar Hoover also required his FBI agents to move their place of duty every few years for the most part so that the threat of corruption would not have time to take root. What does it say of an organization that in modern-day 2011, you could take the names away from this particular situation and insert foreign names that would be found in a third-world newspaper describing the exact situation. I have read of these occurrences and headlines in impoverished and unstable countries, but in the United States? Come on! It is time to bring the National Guard in line with the rest of the Department of Defense, these ways are draconian and long overdue for reform. BG Larry Dudney, good solid officer, definitely being touted as the sacrificial lamb along with a few Colonels who have done nothing more than serve honorably and with distinction for their entire careers, they were wrongly accused for being honest, having integrity and drawing a line stating that they were not going to accept, nor cover-up the corruption and favoritism, indeed Governor Deal should be giving them medals, not firing them. Imagine taking the most valuable and honest members of your particular organization and blaming them for the misconduct that you yourself have committed, which is what has happened here. Butterworth’s failure so far to make these honorable Gentlemen whole is straight from the pages of a political manual, not a military one, and his abrogation of that responsibility is troubling and should send some immediate warning signs to Governor Deal. Let’s hope he has and displays the temerity to do the right thing here lest he and the State of Georgia be subject to enormous legal liability, politically and figuratively. So anyone connected to the old Reich, a-hem, regime should be purged. Well, you ask, how do we know who they are? You ask everyone in the organization in the form of a blind and anonymous command sensing or climate survey or just talk to a few members here and there, surely he’ll be able to figure it out if he is all that the Governor and hopefully, the members of organization hope he’ll be. The members in the organization who truly have the best of intentions know who the winners and losers are, they always do. The holdovers with ties to the old regime will become evident and will either assimilate in to a new and improved honorable way of doing business or leave. Not since the movie Shawshank Redemption have we seen someone who would even attempt to crawl through a river of sewage like Andy DuFrane (Tim Robbins’ incarcerated character) expecting to come out free and unencumbered on the other side until now as Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) now General Jarrard comes on board as the action/axe/clean-up man. One thing is for sure, this will be interesting to watch, come on though Butterworth now Jarrard, actual or perceived, take out that new General Officer rank out for a spin and do some good instead of continuing to operate from the political pulpit from whence you came, your back in the service now, act like it, if your going to be a political puppet, Governor Deal needs to continue looking because more of the same will absolutely finish the job that Nesbitt, Britt, Van Amburgh, et al. started. The citizens and soldiers deserve competent and qualified leaders who put the needs of the rank-and-file first, not the other way around. “Soldiers Matter”-we’ll shall see, I, for one, am not holding my breath. I hope you prove me wrong. So now we find out that Joe Jarrard is allegedly the son on Governor Deal’s former law partner, and so it goes, more of the same….exhale…best of luck Georgia Guard, you’ll need it. What a shame.

Groucho M.

September 19th, 2011
10:13 pm

I would also add this…to the officers and enlisted soldiers who have been treated unjustly and wrongly thru the years…This is a new day…To those who say differently…BS…Game over!!!!

To those done wrong…. I encourage you to redress your grievances. Bring the game to them!!!!

ABC

September 20th, 2011
6:54 am

It should be noted that right now IT at various Georgia Guard offices is snatching up computers right and left, like the one used by the Georgia Guard G1 (COL Anthony Abbott’s last week) ostensibly to wipe away spy ware. In fact, there is an effort under way to find out who is posting on this website.

Elephant in the Room

September 20th, 2011
12:16 pm

Bottomline, if Britt and Nesbitt were so bad and Dudney so great, then why didn’t Dudney stand-up to them and do the right thing when it needed to be done? Dudney is a General Officer, he should have done more than just ride the train. I don’t discount Dudney’s service, but a mark of a true leader is to stand-up for what they believe, even when others might think you are wrong. I would have much rather come to Dudney’s defense with him falling on his sword. Seems to me he was just protecting himself. Deal’s moves and appointment are probably a good thing, only time will tell.

NEW GUARD

September 20th, 2011
2:08 pm

I totally agree with an earlier post that stated the available pool of General Officers and Colonels with certificates of eligibility could have provided excellent qualified replacements for the out going leadership. One obvious choice would be the current Chief of Staff COL VanAmburgh. He is a true leader with a proven track record. He has led in combat, is a forward thinker and is not part of the good ole boy network or the Middle Georgia Cartel that has guided the Guard in the past. I hope the new leadership places COL V in a critical position where his superior leadership skill set can be fully utilized.

OLD Guard

September 20th, 2011
2:24 pm

New Guard – you’re kidding, right? Just making sure everyone is awake?

NEW GUARD

September 20th, 2011
2:57 pm

OLD Guard: I could not be more serious. The NEW Guard needs the leadership that COL VanAmburgh can provide.

OLD Guard

September 20th, 2011
3:10 pm

OK, wonder why every other post I’ve seen that has his name associated with it wants him gone and makes terrible allegations from working on his Ph.D. while deployed to a “referred OER” turning up missing?

NEW GUARD

September 20th, 2011
3:25 pm

OLD Guard sour grapes are everywhere and ver easy to find

?? Guard

September 20th, 2011
3:48 pm

Obviously “NEW GUARD” is either COL VanAmburgh or one of his “good ole boys” because no one else would believe it. Bring in the outside people to clean the house.

The Old Guy

September 20th, 2011
4:45 pm

Well it’s about time. As a tax paying citizen, I have been asking why our state had two two star generals and three brigades. It is now a fine time to start looking at how many Colonels and Lieutenant Colonels are in the Georgia Army National Guard. Next Governnor Deal shoud order that all soldiers that cannot pass an Army Physical Fitness Test on 1 November 2011 will be fired.
I tell you what Georgia Army National Guard, I have seen you abuse your citizen soldiers by not paying them for drills and training days and then senior leaders calling these soldiers “unprofessional”. Some of you leaders have betrayed your social contract. With out your one weekend a month soldiers you would be nothing. You get to be officers and leaders one weekend a month or on a combat deployment when these patriots leave their careers to put their trust in you, now the political knife is coming and it’s fun to watch. I’ll call it karma..
This is exactly what the Georgia Army and Air National Guard needed. I’ll vote for Nathan Deal again.

The Old Guy

September 20th, 2011
4:50 pm

Oh and by the way…civilians run the military. There’s a reason for that.

No Comment

September 20th, 2011
7:10 pm

I have been reading and watching the out of control spiral of the Ga National Guard. I am an outsider, who has worked with many of the National Guard units throughout the USA for the last decade and have close ties with many of it senior leaders. The current(soon to be previous leadership) made the Ga National Guard a laughing stock in the guard community. The only leader that was and still is respected by the National Guard community is BG Dudney. To “Elephant in the Room”, BG Dudney did stand up for the soldiers, like he always has. Ask yourself why Nesbitt fired him the day after the Governor terminated him. It is because Nesbitt wanted revenge for BG Dudney’s loyalty to the soldiers and not him. BG Dudney did not sit on the sidelines and he acted to protect the soldiers and their families. In my opinion, this is BG Dudney’s mission, to take care of the soldiers and their families. He is the most humble person I know who wears the uniform of this great nation. You will never see him talk down to a PVT, PFC or anyone else. He listens and treats them with the utmost respect. He doesn’t care about medals, awards or his rank. He wants to ensure that ALL soldiers are taken care of. To this day, he takes time out of his personal time and visits the soldiers that were wounded under his command. Does or did Nesbitt or Britt do that? He doesn’t have to, but he does because he cares about their well being. The Governor and the next TAG would be wise to overturn Nesbitt’s retaliation on BG Dudney. They need to make right a wrong, because if they don’t, they will lose a well respected, great leader.

MFF

September 20th, 2011
8:14 pm

NEW GUARD is spot on. We need someone strong and brilliant to command the Army Guard. We need COL VanAmburgh. He represents the new blood this state needs. It is time to purge the old redneck influence and replace it with visionaries. There is no room for the old outside the metro area influence. The new Georgia Guard is here thanks to the forward looking leadership of COL V.

The New Guard is no place for uneducated knuckle draggers and unreconstructed rebels. The New Guard is for progressive young people who are not tainted by some ghosts of traitor ancestors defeated by loyal Americans over 150 years ago. We dont need the old 48th Brigade Dukes of Hazard cast anymore.

This New Guard deserves the leadership that our Chief of Staff can give. My vote is for him. He could be a GO tomorrow. The job of reinventing the Guard is not done yet. Let COL V finish the job.

OLD Guardsman

September 20th, 2011
9:16 pm

No Comment – being retired I haven’t had the opportunity to be around BG Dudney that much but what I have observed completely validates your post. I don’t know why Terry Nesbitt fired him, but I wonder if he was ordered to by the Governor so that BG Dudney would not be a threat to the new regime. It has also been my impression that COL V is just the opposite of BG Dudney, but with the new leadership that might work well for him. I do know that when the new leadership of the GA guard shows up at NGB or interacts with the regular forces, they will have no credibility.

30 Year Man

September 20th, 2011
11:26 pm

COL V did (somehow) complete his PH.D while deployed to Iraq. He even bragged about it in a newspaper interview. I wonder what he was supposed to be doing. I’ve served with every name listed here and probably most of those that weren’t. With the exception of Larry Dudney, I have witnessed questionable judgement from each of them. However, it was always their call. I professional soldiers gives input to his commander. But, once the decision is made, the professional does his best to carry out that decision. Does the Georgia Guard have problems? Yes. Could it be better? Absolutely. Hopefully this is part of Governor Deal’s plan. I’m going to try to keep from judging anyone until I’ve walked in his boots for a while, but I do have some suggestions.

Now, I don’t know what the Governor’s military background is, but it’s pretty clear who ever advised him on this doesn’t have a clue about military operations, unit cohesion, or soldier morale. It looks like someone just checked the minimum legal requirements for making these appointments. Sorry Governor, minimum requirements is not going to cut it here. Being the leader of a state Guard is a far cry form being the Governor’s point man in the state senate. I hope Mr., Captain, Senator, General, . . . crap, I don’t even know what to call him! I hope political appointee Butterfield is up to the task and has kept his head in the game since he left the uniformed service. There’s a lot that needs to be fixed and a lot that needs to be healed. You can start by telling the personnel you serve (that’s right, you give service to them as their commander) what they can expect in the next few months. Find out what’s working and keep it working. Find out what’s broken and figure how to fix it. But you’re not going to do any of that without trust – and right now, we’re not feeling too trusting. So, you’ve definitely got your work cut out for you.

Guardsmen, we have responsibilities here as well. It could easily have been an airplane accident or terrorist attack that took out the leadership. Instead, it was a political purge. Anyone that’s been to more than one Annual Training knows that politics plays a big part in the Guard. Deal with it. Let’s give the new guys a chance and not work against them for our own agendas. They might surprise us.

Oh, and MFF – you should go back on your meds . . .

ISLAND BOY

September 20th, 2011
11:56 pm

THE GA GUARD/GOV DEAL IS THE LAUGHING STOCK OF ARNG PERIOD. TO APPOINT THE INEXPERIENCED BUTTERWORTH AND JARRARD WHEN WE HAVE WELL QUALIFIED SOLDIERS TO BE OUR TAG AND CG. WHAT A DISGRACE THAT NESBITT WOULD FIRE A REAL HERO ONLY BECAUSE HE SHAMES OTHERS. BG DUDNEY TRUELY SHOULD BE REINSTATED AS THE CG AND MOORE AS THE TAG. I SAY LETS HAVE AN OPEN DISCUSSION WITH THE GOV TO LET HIM KNOW WHAT REALLY IS/HAS BEEN GOING ON. THREATS BY THE TAG, COVER UPS THAT HAVE BEEN GOING ON FOR A LONG TIME HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO LIGHT. SEN BUTTERWORTH APPOINTED OVER CHILD SUPPORT DIV BY GOV PERDUE……HMMMM DID HE FIND THE MISSING LINK TO THE SPECULATION OF THE YOUNGEST CHILD REALLY BEING NESBITTS AS SHE IS LISTED ON HIS CALENDAR AND THE OTHER TWO CHILDREN ARE NOT AND WHY WOULD MRS. NESBITT REQUEST THAT MARIA BRITT AND HER HUSBAND NOT TRAVEL TOGETHER ANY LONGER…….WHAT IS THE REAL REASON GOV DEAL FIRED THEM? THEN NESBITT FIRES DUDNEY IN RETALIATION. WILL FLYBOY BRACEWELL BE FIRED AS WELL BECAUSE HE’S THE NEW STUD IN MARIA’S WORLD??? IS IT ALSO TRUE THAT THE J1 BROOKSHIRE AT THE REQUEST OF NESBITT WAS SENT TO NGB TO FIND OUT HOW TO FIRE THE 3 TECHNICIANS – 1 GENERAL AND 2 COLONEL’S. WOW WHAT HAPPENED TO INTEGRITY/HONESTY/SOLDIER’S MATTER SORT OF THING? CAN I BE PROMOTED TO CSM AS I NO QUALIFICATIONS, NO COMMAND TIME, NO OVERSEAS DEPLOYMENT……HOW BOUT IT LET’S MAKE A DEAL!!

FOWL PLAY

September 21st, 2011
12:05 am

So glad to see Nesbitt’s Fat F*$%^r Aid fired as well. He seem as useless as a turtle on a fence pole or a self licking ice cream. Too bad all in that office aren’t being fired as they are part of the problem and benefited from the bonuses all the way back to COL Venn being COS. They all covered for each other, so why not clean house in that whole office. I wished more would post and those that have the goods get with Richard Belcher maybe if this gets on the news more people would here about whats happening as all dont read these blogs. Those that have info should contact DAIG.

Know the Law

September 21st, 2011
12:31 am

The law is very specific as to the requirements of these appointees- they must have served 5 continuous years in the Georgia National Guard and a “federally recognized” rank of at least a Lt. Col. or higher.
http://sacs.kennesaw.edu/sacs.kennesaw.edu/ga/www.legis.state.ga.us/cgi-bin/gl_codes_detaila688-2.html?code=38-2-152

There is no need to change law- just the need to expect it to be abided by.

The Old Guy

September 21st, 2011
2:23 am

I think it is a fantastic idea. Senator Butterfield reports to Governor Deal only It is obvious to me that the senior leadership needs to realize it is expendable. In fact on the battlefield that is the reason why all responsiblity is pushed down to the soldiers. You guys are talking about part time soldiers as if they were Caesars. .

Rip Cord

September 21st, 2011
5:52 am

MFF I am in total agreement with you and New Guard in regards to COL VanAmburgh. I believe you will see the changes that we wish to come about take place shortly after the two change of commands.

Been There

September 21st, 2011
9:05 am

I left the Georgia Guard 15 years ago. I know Terry Nesbitt and Maria Britt. They were always nice to me, but there was a mentality toward taking care of the Headquarters and forget about the 10,000+ soldiers and airmen that comprised the backbone of the Guard. The full timers almost always received preference.
As someone said earlier; they were there too long and didn’t serve in the field (excepting token assignments designed to pad a resume).
I feel sorry for them, because this is a sad way to end a career. I feel even worse for the rank and file Guardsman; they will be smeared by this.

the truth shall set you free

September 21st, 2011
10:56 am

UNBELIEVEABLE! I just happen to fall on this blog what a travasty to see someone give kudos and support to Col V?? has everyone forgot who trained Col V, who he worked for and was promoted by? It sounds like the one supporting him has to be either his wife, sidekick or him, certainly not someone that has personal knowledge of his background! And what about the williby scandal that has yet to be brought to the forefront???? Doesnt anyone care about the needless death of a soldier on his watch under his direct command???????? The person that has those documents needs to step up!!

Soldier in the Guard

September 21st, 2011
1:17 pm

For the first time in my career, I am truly ashamed to be a part of this organization . . . and before you start telling me to leave, trust me, I’m already looking. I have a strong feeling many more will follow.

Long Gone

September 21st, 2011
5:47 pm

After reading this, I am so glad that I am Long Gone. Now I can tell the grand kids how it was before. When the last of the warriors retired (BG Seely) and the caretakers (nesbitt and britt) took over, it has become a den of help me and we’ll cover for each other. nesbitt even ran off MG Hammond from the air side because he was tired of taking the “queens” trips to Iraq and AFG. A commander and a CSM should only be good for 2-3 years. Move on and let others. Maybe if BG Reddick’s plan was completed, we’d be better off.

Citizen Airman/Soldier

September 21st, 2011
9:46 pm

Gone with the Wind! Sucks to be them, now that the shoe is on the other foot; so be it. Not a pleasant fit, huh? Now that you’re all done (FIRED) for sucking the blood $$ from all the deserving troops both airmen and soldiers; I’m sincerely GLAD!! Let’s for once and all put this ole boy non-sense to sleep and trust our men and women in uniform at all ranks to continue to do the right thing w/out fear of reprisal. So as BG Dudney has done, and was put in a position out of sight/out of mind. BGD is an admirable and trustworthy GO and a gentlemen to say the least. He’s not alone in being punished and hung out to dry for speaking his mind and trying to do the right thing. Shame to the old Regime, they got what they deserved; they had it coming for milking the Guard of of much needed funds. THAT’S WHAT YOU GET FOR BEING GREEDY!!!!! All who have knowledge, now is the time to step up to the plate and speak your mind and truth; or forever hold your peace. We definitely need new blood. This is just a start, so hopefully it’s a “JUST” ONE!!!