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franklin county times

November 4, 2004

By Staff
Citizens of Mississippi, it's time to wake up and take action. No less than four official investigations since 1996 have shown your Air Guard to be the most corrupt military organization in the nation. And what has "good ole Hack Cross" done about it? He has given out letters of reprimand and Article 15s, all of which will be purged from the offending officers' records prior to their next promotion.
How do I know this? I was in the 186th Air Refueling Wing for over six years and personally know the individuals who have stolen money, forged documents and racially attacked subordinates. Well, that's how the Mississippi Guard leadership does business.
As taxpayers, I believe you deserve better. After all, it's your National Guard. Therefore, I urge you to contact your state representative or governor and tell them "enough is enough." You may want to hurry; the next round of base closures is coming and the Mississippi Air National Guard is not impressing anyone.
Stuart Kenney – via e-mail
In light of the most recent investigation of the 186th ARW, Mississippi Air National Guard, conducted by Col. Ken Emanuel, there were 35 substantiated allegations out of 44, with one deferred. This is the second U.S. Air Force investigation, along with three USAF inspections, with further negative findings. However, neither Maj. Gen. Harold Cross or Gov. Haley Barbour have taken the appropriate measures to prosecute the guilty individuals under Mississippi and federal statutes as revealed in the reports.
Gen. Cross, the Adjutant General of the Mississippi National Guard, has the audacity to issue letters of reprimands to the identified individuals in lieu of having those charges brought forward in criminal/civil courts of law or before a duly appointed court martial. This is typical of Mississippi, "good ole boy" politics.
Col. Emanuel's investigative report of the MSANG will be like the initial report and investigation by Col. David Bertholf, of the USAF Inspector General's office; it will be relegated to the trash can and a conspiracy generated to cover tracks and take reprisal action against Airmen who told the truth.
There has been a tremendous effort to bring the truth forward, yet no justice has been served. If the perpetrator of some of these charges had been an enlisted man or lower ranking officer, they would have been led away in waste chains and leg irons, their technician job/military career would have been terminated and they would have been prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law as an example to others. They would also be marked with a dishonorable discharge for life.
How do I know? Because I was falsely accused of destroying an airplane part 11 years ago at Key Field by many of these same men just identified in the investigation. That same airplane part is flying to this day with no repair whatsoever. Yet I suffered the exact justice I seek for these men. I know that I am like the recently corrected records of Lt. Col. Len Kelly also one the Airmen who Col. Jody Bryant started these investigations about and plans to bring restitution to, where there will truly be "justice for all."
Tech. Sgt. William Richard Hassenfratz
Retired/Removed/Formerly 186th ARW – Meridian
I thank the city for street lights. The lights I walk under during my nightly exercise are greatly appreciated. They make me feel safe.
Paul McCraney – Meridian

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