Texas Man Faked His Way Into U.S. Army.

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This is beyond mind boggling and completely unacceptable!:mad:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/05/21/texas-man-faked-way-army/

FORT WORTH, Texas — A Texas man with no military experience tricked the Army into letting him enter a reserve unit as a noncommissioned officer earlier this year, a deception that placed an untrained soldier in a leadership position in a time of war, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The revelation comes just months after the Army drew criticism for failing to flag the suspicious activities of the Army psychiatrist now charged with killing 13 and wounding dozens of others at Fort Hood.

The case, detailed in court records and other documents examined by the AP, raises more questions about the Army's ability to vet soldiers' backgrounds as it faces continued pressure from Congress over its screening and records system. While the soldier never deployed overseas, some say the case demonstrates how easily someone could pose as a member of the U.S. military.

Jesse Bernard Johnston III, 26, joined the Army Reserve in February as a sergeant and was assigned to the Corps Support Airplane Company based at the Fort Worth Naval Air Station. But he wasn't qualified to hold that rank, according to military records obtained by the AP. The records show that Johnston's only military experience was attending part of a 12-week Marine officer candidate course for college students in 2004.

Maj. Shawn Haney, spokeswoman for Marine Manpower and Reserve Affairs, said Johnston didn't complete the course's final six weeks. "He was never considered a Marine," she said.
The matter, currently under investigation by the Army, means a soldier received a security clearance and was in position to lead troops in combat even though he hadn't gone through basic training or spent any time in the service. The Corps Support Airplane Company has been deployed in Iraq, providing pilots as well as intelligence and support personnel for an aviation battalion set up to destroy improvised explosive devices.

If it's proven that Johnston gained his Army rank based on a phony Marine record, it would be the first documented case of so-called "stolen valor" in which the military was duped during the enlistment process, according to watchdogs of such fraud. Most cases involve attempts to get veterans' benefits or other forms of financial gain. Congress attempted to crack down on military impostors in 2005 by passing a law that makes it a crime to claim false decorations or medals.

"This just raises some incredibly significant issues at a time when this country is involved in a global war on terror," said Rep. Mike Coffman, a Colorado Republican who served with the Marines in Iraq and the first Gulf War. "If this person was able to penetrate the military fraudulently, you have to ask the question: Couldn't somebody who was out to do harm to our country do the same thing?"

Coffman is pushing for the creation of a single database for all military records as a step toward eliminating fraud.

Army officials, citing an ongoing investigation, declined to provide details of Johnston's enlistment or say whether he's suspected of providing false documents or using some other means to make himself out to be an ex-Marine.

Questions about Johnston were raised by an officer who grew concerned when Johnston couldn't satisfactorily explain how he got certain Marine medals and ribbons that he displayed. The officer, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, said he contacted Marine and Army legal authorities and learned from the Marines that Johnston never served.

Lt. Col. Maria Quon, spokeswoman for the Army's Human Resources Command, said her database contains an entry showing Johnston joined the military in 2002, but there are no documents to support the 2002 date. She described the lack of documentation as unusual and said it likely means the date was entered this year. The National Personnel Records Center, which collects information on all who have been discharged from the military, informed the AP that it could find no evidence that Johnston ever served.

Since March, Johnston has been stationed at Fort Rucker in Alabama, the primary training base for Army aviation. The Army declined to provide details of Johnston's assignment. Johnston did not respond to phone and e-mail messages seeking comment.

In a recent court proceeding, Johnston's former wife, also an Army reservist, accused him of using falsified documents to make it appear he'd served in the Marines. Melanie Rolfing, 24, made the claim in a sworn statement filed last month in Fort Worth family court when she had her two-year marriage annulled, alleging fraud. Johnston did not contest the annulment.

In her affidavit, Rolfing said she met Johnston in 2006 and that he joined her Army Reserve unit so they could fulfill their dream of becoming Army aviators together. She said Johnston led her to believe he'd served as a Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He would even attend military functions wearing a Marine dress uniform, and people would come up to shake his hand and ask about his medals, she said.

"I don't know who Jesse Bernard Johnston III is, but I do know he is not the man he claimed to be," she stated in the affidavit. Rolfing, a sergeant in Johnston's unit, said the Army has ordered her not to talk about the case publicly.

The idea that a volatile soldier could be hidden in the Army's ranks has drawn congressional scrutiny since Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire on his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood in November. After the shootings, evidence emerged that Hasan behaved erratically and maintained ties to a radical Islamic cleric. The Army has refused congressional requests for documents detailing what the Army knew about Hasan's behavior, citing the ongoing criminal case.
 

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When I think of what a certain person we all know and love went through..then I read this horseshit..well..it gets me pissy.:mad::mad::mad:
 

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If it's proven that Johnston gained his Army rank based on a phony Marine record, it would be the first documented case of so-called "stolen valor" in which the military was duped during the enlistment process, according to watchdogs of such fraud. Most cases involve attempts to get veterans' benefits or other forms of financial gain. Congress attempted to crack down on military impostors in 2005 by passing a law that makes it a crime to claim false decorations or medals.

In a recent court proceeding, Johnston's former wife, also an Army reservist, accused him of using falsified documents to make it appear he'd served in the Marines. Melanie Rolfing, 24, made the claim in a sworn statement filed last month in Fort Worth family court when she had her two-year marriage annulled, alleging fraud. Johnston did not contest the annulment.

In her affidavit, Rolfing said she met Johnston in 2006 and that he joined her Army Reserve unit so they could fulfill their dream of becoming Army aviators together. She said Johnston led her to believe he'd served as a Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He would even attend military functions wearing a Marine dress uniform, and people would come up to shake his hand and ask about his medals, she said.

"I don't know who Jesse Bernard Johnston III is, but I do know he is not the man he claimed to be," she stated in the affidavit. Rolfing, a sergeant in Johnston's unit, said the Army has ordered her not to talk about the case publicly.

From the bottom of my heart, I feel for this woman. I will just never understand the mind of someone who does this for gain, let alone someone who does it just to F with people. But, they are out there. The Sociopath Next Door was recommended to me recently.
 

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I remember a case where an Illegal immigrant brought a false green card for $50 and enlisted into the Marines, he did a great job and was about to be awared a Silver Star (or something like that), during the investigation into the award it was discovered that he was illegal and not eligible to serve.
The marines overlooked this and allowed him to serve, I don't remember if he got the award or not.
 
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It's ok, he'll be making big rocks into little rocks and little rocks into sand.

And, he'll have his own private sex bubba.


I'm afraid that many more women have been lead down this same path before. Only to find out that their infatuation with some SEAL, SF'er, Ranger, Combat Vet, PJ etc is only over the internet and in chat rooms.

Army/Navy stores must have a booming business with poser and pogues these day's. :rolleyes:
 
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Marine posers always seem to get hold of a nice set of Dress Blues to parade around in. I could never afford them when I was AD.
 

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I recommend him for immediate enlistment as a non-promotable private into Army or USMC and then immediate deployment overseas. If he wants the "fame", he can go earn it over there.
 

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I recommend him for immediate enlistment as a non-promotable private into Army or USMC and then immediate deployment overseas. If he wants the "fame", he can go earn it over there.

This idea has merit. Especially the non-promotable aspect.
 
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Marine posers always seem to get hold of a nice set of Dress Blues to parade around in. I could never afford them when I was AD.

This statement would actually be funny, except for the fact that it is probably true.
 

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The Sociopath Next Door was recommended to me recently.
Great read with some fairly decent case studies. IMO

I'm a Nihilist! At least I definately share some similarities wth the Author's definition.

Anyhow decent read.
 

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Things that make you go Hmmm.

I'm a Nihilist! At least I definately share some similarities wth the Author's definition.

Hmmmm. How can one be a Nihilist since Nihilists hold that nothing really exists? Oh wait, that's why you said "the Author's definition."
So, does that prove you are? And if you agree, how can you still be one? So confused. :doh: ;)
 

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Hmmmm. How can one be a Nihilist since Nihilists hold that nothing really exists? Oh wait, that's why you said "the Author's definition."
So, does that prove you are? And if you agree, how can you still be one? So confused. :doh: ;)

LMAO! Good Call! I had the same thought "Huh? What the fuck? That's not what that means!"

As she postured, Nihilisistic traits are observed in those who do abide by a set of rule/law/whatever but only ones that they themselves invented or deemed relevant the ones they found irrelevant where just that.

Really what's outlined is case study of subjects that show Sociapathic or Nihilist traits.

it's an interesting read you gotta pick it up.
 

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as a Texan AND a Marine, i'm honestly ashamed of that man. thankfully I agree with 8 though, he'll get plenty of fame at the end of a sledge hammer.
 

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I remember a case where an Illegal immigrant brought a false green card for $50 and enlisted into the Marines, he did a great job and was about to be awared a Silver Star (or something like that), during the investigation into the award it was discovered that he was illegal and not eligible to serve.
The marines overlooked this and allowed him to serve, I don't remember if he got the award or not.

Not sure if this is the guy but here is a story about LCpl Carlos Gomez-Perez and how he was awarded the Silver Star:

CAMP PENDLETON – The armor-piercing round ripped through the right shoulder of then-Lance Cpl. Carlos Gomez-Perez, leaving a fist-sized hole.

Maybe it was the adrenaline, but the stocky, young Marine felt no pain during the April 2004 firefight.

One floor below him, as Iraqi insurgents fired relentlessly, Gomez-Perez could hear his fellow Marines shouting.

The El Cajon resident propped up his M-16 and pulled the trigger despite his bloodied chest, his thick, wide frame keeping his shoulder intact. He lobbed a grenade with his good arm.

Beside him, Marine Lance Cpl. Aaron Austin, 21, wounded by gunfire, was losing his fight for life. Below him, the shouting continued.

"All I heard was screaming and screaming," Gomez-Perez said.

Gomez-Perez decided he would die before he would be taken prisoner and made a bold move to lead his fellow Marines, several wounded, against their attackers.

His actions that day would earn him the Silver Star for heroism in battle, awarded at a ceremony Wednesday.

Gomez-Perez was challenged in life at an early age.

When he was 9, he ran across the I-805 Freeway in San Diego County with his mother and two sisters in tow, crossing illegally into the country – a journey that started in Mexico City. By 12 he started working to earn money for the family.

His mother, Blanca Gomez, a custodian, said that on their journey north the family waded across a channel filled with water using plastic trash bags to stay dry.

"That was a very sad day because we were uncertain of what would happen," she said.

That was 15 years ago.

On Wednesday, Gomez watched a formation of Marines pay honor to her son, a fire team leader for Company E with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, and listened to a general describe how a country is thankful for her boy.

"We have a true hero here," Maj. Gen. Richard Natonski told Blanca Gomez – now a legal resident – and the rest of his family. Gomez-Perez became a U.S. citizen in 2004. [After he returned to the US from Iraq.]

Now, discharged from the Marines, he says his shoulder still hurts and finding work is difficult.

At the ceremony Wednesday at the seaside base, Gomez-Perez wore a Texas flag in his coat pocket, a tribute to Austin, who died that day from his wounds despite being revived twice, Gomez-Perez said.

"It runs through my head every day," said Gomez-Perez, who is indifferent about receiving the award. "I really don't know what it means."

Instead, he remembers the day, the fighting, the wounded and his actions.

"What could I have done differently?" he said he asks himself. "Austin - he's the one who died because I couldn't save him."

http://thexofffiles.blogspot.com/2006/06/silver-star-for-illegal-immigrant.html
 
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