Fort Benning Georgia – Several months ago an investigation was opened by the Army into LTC. Gerald Green for possibly wearing tabs he hadn’t earned. Green took command of the Army National Guard Warrior Training Center in July of 2014, in October of that year it was brought out that he may have been wearing accolades he never earned.
According to Army Times:
Because actions taken against Lt. Col. Gerald H. Green III were “administrative and not criminal in nature,” a Benning spokesman would not discuss details of the investigation. Col. Patrick Donahoe, chief of staff of the Benning-based Maneuver Center of Excellence, said in late October that Green, who took command of the Army National Guard Warrior Training Center in July, was not authorized to wear the Ranger and Sapper tabs that appear in his official photo and in other images of him in uniform.
The WTC includes the Ranger Training Assessment Course, a requirement for National Guard soldiers who wish to become Rangers, according to the RTAC website.
Benning spokesman Gary Jones would not comment on other findings from the investigation, including whether Green wore other unearned decorations. Green is authorized to wear a Bronze Star Medal among several other honors, including three awards of the Meritorious Service Medal and campaign medals from Iraq and Kosovo, according to personnel information provided by Jones to Army Times on Tuesday.
Preliminary findings from the investigation into Green provided “enough evidence of misconduct to warrant [MCoE commanding general] Maj. Gen. [Scott] Miller relieving him from command,” Donahoe said in October. The full investigation concluded in early November, Jones said, with administrative actions related to the investigation wrapping up later that month.
Thomas Siter took over the WTC after Green’s dismissal and will remain in charge until mid-January, when a new commander is slated to take over, Jones said. Siter then will return to his duties as WTC director.
I have to wonder why he wasn’t brought up on charges under the UCMJ, specifically Article 134, unauthorized insignia which states:
(1) That the accused wore a certain insignia, decoration, badge, ribbon, device, or lapel button upon the accused’s uniform or civilian clothing;
(2) That the accused was not authorized to wear the item;
(3) That the wearing was wrongful; and
(4) That, under the circumstances, the conduct of the accused was to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces or was of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.
Bad-conduct discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 6 months.
Back in 2011, CSM Stoney Crump was charged and found guilty for wearing a myriad of awards he didn’t earn and was later sentenced to six months in prison and reduced to SSG. I can only speculate about why they only relieved this officer of command and didn’t bring him up on charges, as I haven’t seen the investigation.
Just goes to show, Stolen Valor not only happens in the civilian world, but also among-st our own ranks.