Here’s a comment from reader Lynn Willis on the National Guard situation in Alaska:
What happened to the soldiers and the overall breakdown of discipline and loss of effectiveness to any degree within the organization, followed by what happened to the concerned Officers and NCOs who advocated for correction, is cause for deep concern by Alaskans.
Why were two political appointees, one a State Commissioner, allowed to wear the uniform of an Army Lt. General and the other, a Civilian Deputy Commissioner, given rein to do such damage to the organization over such a long period of time? Why did the Legislature with a standing Military and Veterans Affairs Committee and whose party holds the Governorship refuse to exercise any oversight?I am dismayed that the Office of the State Attorney General and other state law enforcement agencies were not involved, and apparently still are not, given the number of transgressions reported over time. Now that we have heard from an outside National Guard Bureau Office of Complex Investigations, only resignations are being requested.
What we need now are firings and the involvement of an authority, State and/or Federal, with subpoena power and the associated authority to prosecute for criminal conduct including perjury. Sometimes in the military you have to deal with people who are not motivated by what you can do for them if they obey, but what you will do to them if they don’t.