Colonel Craig Boddington Petition

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  1. Vanko

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    Hi All,

    There is a petition to ask the U.S. Government to review the situation surrounding Craig Boddington's promotion to Brigadier General. Apparently, he was supposed to be promoted but was told by a superior during the Iraq war to wear a star before he was confirmed by the US senate. Some disgruntled fellow officer reported this and the promotion was stopped because of this snitch. I've never met the guy, I do have a couple of his African safari vids. Any feelings about this? The link to the petition is below.

    http://wh.gov/l9SdC
     
  2. Diamondhitch

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    This may suck for him but rules are rules. If he was given clearance in writing then he should be OK but verbal clearance is simply hearsay and if the rules say no promotion/discipline for wearing the uniform of a rank you do not yet hold then it is what it is, no matter how unfair it may seem.
     
  3. Vanko

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    I certainly understand that, but I think he was in an impossible position. He's in trouble if he refuses his superiors order and in trouble if he follows it. I guess I just believe in recognizing service to country. My dad was military his whole adult life. Got a soft spot for our service people, especially the hunters.
     
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    I think that this is a discussion best left to those who have served. I have not.
     
  5. dobber

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    I cant believe they are fighting for this nearly 13 years after it happened
     
  6. Mtgoat

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    Ignoring my own advice...

    Doddber is right. This is old news - very old, the Internet at its best. From what I can find, the matter was settled in 2003 with a reprimand.

    From Stars & Stripes:
    Officials find Marine unlawfully frocked - News - Stripes

    From Wikipedia (semi-reliable), it seems to indicate that he was eventually received the commission:
    Craig Boddington - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    I am not sure about this particular case, but we often use (WSE) While So Employed in our Army. You wear a higher rank if you are qualified to do so during the time you are performing the duty of said higher rank. When the job is finished (usually a deployment or something temporary) you revert back to your substantive or former rank. It has happened to me upon deployment. Sounds like it could be somewhat similar, but one of the Americans might be able to shed more light on it.
     
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    Craig addressed this I believe in an article and for sure in one of his books. I dont recall he felt there was any point in pursuing it. He retired shortly thereafter. Pretty much end of story.
     
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    This is old information.

    The Marine Corp dealt with this in house at that time.

    Shouldn't their decision, knowing all the facts and interviewing all parties involved be abided by.

    Should we question able men who made and informed decision.
     
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    ]Politics at it's best, and you are right, I think he addressed this in one of the books.
     
  11. Cliffy

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    I can share what I have from a close friend who knows those involved. The first is the Stats and Stripes article
    and the last is commentary from my friend


    ARLINGTON, Va. A Marine Corps commander who led Marines and coalition forces during Operation Enduring Freedom was unlawfully frocked to brigadier general, a violation of U.S. military code, officials said.
    Col. Craig Boddington, a reservist activated in 2001 and deployed to the Persian Gulf, had been instructed by his superior, Lt. Gen. Earl Hailston, to don the one star as he took command of the Combined Joint Task Force Consequence Management, Marine Forces, at Camp Doha, Kuwait.
    Frocking is the term used when an officer is selected for promotion, assumes the responsibilities and wears the insignia, but is not being paid at the higher rank's salary. Frocking required Senate confirmation, which Boddington did not have.
    的 felt I was acting under orders from my superior, Boddington said Friday during a telephone interview. 套 Gen. Hailston felt that the combined joint task force required a brigadier general to command it. I was a selectee at the time, and we all believed conformation and frocking authority was forthcoming.
    Hailston frocked Boddington on April 3, 2001, just as Boddington took command of the CJTF-CM. He served until December 2002, when the Defense Department Inspector General's office began an investigation following an anonymous tip. The CJTF-CM's mission was to train forces to respond to chemical, biological, nuclear or radiological attacks against forces operating in Afghanistan.
    Hailston, who since has submitted his retirement package, served as Commander of U.S. Marine Forces Pacific and U.S. Marine Forces Central Command. He could not be reached for comment Friday. Boddington's frocking also had the blessing of now-Commandant Gen. Michael Hagee, who was subordinate to Hailston when Hailston recommended Boddington for promotion and instructed him to pin on the one star.
    At the time Boddington was frocked, Hagee was commanding officer of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
    展e concluded that Generals Hagee and Hailston and Col. Boddington violated, or caused a violation of, the standards that govern frocking of officers and wearing of the insignia of a higher grade, reads a portion of IG report. 的n that regard, all three officers knew Col. Boddington was ineligible to be frocked or to wear the rank insignia of brigadier general without Senate confirmation and yet, engaged in conduct that facilitated Lt. Gen. Hailston's improper frocking of Col. Boddington.
    Boddington, commander of the Reserve 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Augmentation Command Element at Camp Pendleton, Calif., recently was counseled by the acting Navy Secretary, Hansford Johnson, himself, over the issue.
    çš„ understand that I should have gone outside the chain of command for resolution, but at the time, that didn't seem like the appropriate action, Boddington said he told Johnson.
    Johnson issued Hailston a letter of censure, and sent a letter to Hagee, noting Hagee's æ–—imited involvement in the matter, but did not take any disciplinary action. çš„ have the utmost confidence in your ability as Commandant, and am certain that you will ensure the lessons of this incident do not go unlearned within the Marine Corps, reads a portion of Johnson's Aug. 25 letter.
    Hagee, who is traveling in the Pacific, was not available to take questions. His public affairs staff released the following statement: çš„ fully admit to and accept responsibility for forwarding Lt. Gen. Hailston's directive to Col. Boddington that he be frocked. In hindsight, I should have further questioned Lt. Gen. Hailston's directive and pursued other alternatives.
    The tipster complained that Boddington's wearing of the rank 努as creating a morale problem for the troops 僧ost of whom believe that he is not entitled to wear the star until he is actually confirmed,樗 the IG report states. Investigators found no similar complaints to the Defense Hotline and no other witness voiced concern or awareness, the report states
    滴e's one of the better leaders I致e ever worked for, said Cpl. Daniel Diaz, 23, who served as Boddington's bodyguard while deployed to Kuwait. 溺orale went up from the time he stepped on deck to the time he left.
    摘ven though he was a general, he would take care of Marines down to the lowest level. He's an all-around good guy, said Diaz, a reservist for more than 3 years.
    Boddington, who has been I MACE commander for 2 years, said he knows who made the anonymous tip and why, æ¾±ut I will not discuss any of that, he said.
    溺orale was somewhat better in November when temperatures were 80 degrees than in July, when it was 140 degrees, Boddington said. 釘ut in terms of morale being a problem within the unit because of improper frocking, I don't believe it existed, with the one exception.
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    Marine general censured in incident over promotion

    August 31, 2003|By Bradley Graham, The Washington Post.
    WASHINGTON The general who commanded Marines in the Iraq war has received a letter of censure for "lack of judgment" in insisting last year that a colonel wear a brigadier general's star even though the Senate had not approved the colonel's promotion.
    The incident involved a decision by Lt. Gen. Earl Hailston to have Col. Craig Boddington don a single star in April last year to take command of an important military unit in Kuwait. While Boddington had been nominated a year before to become a general, the nomination had yet to be confirmed--and ended up delayed indefinitely.
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    Still, Boddington wore the star for nine months before the Pentagon's inspector general, acting on a tip, launched an investigation.
    Hailston announced his retirement this summer and stepped down in July as commander of Marine forces in the Central Command region and the Pacific. In a letter reprimanding him, acting Navy Secretary Hansford Johnson emphasized the importance of abiding by military rules governing promotions.
    Johnson took no disciplinary action against the Marine commandant, Gen. Michael Hagee, who was involved tangentially in the episode. Instead, in a separate letter, Johnson expressed confidence in Hagee and said he is counting on the commandant, who took over the top Marine job in January, to ensure "adherence to law and policy."
    According to a timeline provided by Navy and Marine Corps officials, Boddington, a reservist, was selected to become a brigadier general in April 2001. He took charge in November 2001 of a key group at Camp Pendleton, Calif., under Hagee's command.
    In March 2002, Boddington was ordered to active duty and assigned to command a joint task force in Kuwait coordinating the military's response to any potential Iraqi attack with weapons of mass destruction. Given the job's importance, Hailston directed Hagee to tell Boddington to arrive in Kuwait with his general's star on, even though the Senate had yet to confirm the nomination.
    When Boddington arrived still wearing a colonel's rank, Hailston personally officiated at an impromptu "frocking ceremony" pinning on the general's insignia, according to Johnson's letter. At the time, Hailston expected Senate approval was "imminent," Johnson said, but he was subsequently informed that the Senate would not act for a year or more.
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    Cliff:

    Am looking into this. I know Lt. Gen. Earl Hailston (call sign - Titan); he and I are contemporaries and I see him frequently.

    I now remember hearing about this issue, but not the specifics...I was heads down as a VP at Navy Federal Credit Union at the time, preparing to retire all the legacy IT systems and pull NFCU into the 21st century. I seem to remember the consensus for the folks I spoke with at that time was that Boddington got a bad deal because Titan (and Titan's JAG) convinced Hagee (before he became Commandant) it was OK to frock Boddinton. It gets messy because the Senate had not yet approved the promotion list...will talk with the MCAA JAG about frocking as it applies to general officers. My limited experience with frocking actions: Marines who had been selected for promotion, the promotion had been approved by the Senate, and they were waiting for a vacancy to occur when they were "frocked" - authorized to assume the title and rank of the next higher grade.

    The next MCAA Dinner is scheduled for 9 January and I'm checking now to determine if Titan will be there. He lives in Chantilly, is a VP at RR, and just recently stepped down as East Coast Commander for MCAA.
     
  12. Major Kinsella

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    I did serve with then Lt Col Boddington when I was a Captain and one of his company commanders in 2/23. There is not o better leader than Col Boddington and with 23 years of service that is not a statement I take lightly or easily offer. We see military records and awards issued decades after events have concluded. There was no malice, no personal self promotion. Col Boddington was selected for promotion to BGen based, rightfully so, on his record to that point. In war expediency and sense of urgency rule decision making. If two of the highest level generals in our Marine Corps determined it was in the interests of the Marine Corps then screw the politicians. This man deserves to be rightfully promoted to the rank he earned. This was not an event of his doing and we do follow orders unless we know they are unlawful.

    This is not just an injustice to Col Boddington, it is an insult to every Marine he supported over his very lengthy and highly successful career.

    People never stop in their efforts to correct unrecognized valor. This should be no different.
     
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    This whole conversation is very interesting. I wonder where Col Boddington stands on the issue today? It seems to me that he followed the orders of a superior officer who should be help to account for the matter.
    Having worked for the military for ten years as a young man I can say that right doesn't always prevail nor does fair. He got a bad deal.
     
  14. Red Leg

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    I know only what Craig has written about this and the articles which appeared at the time. Generally, it is appropriate to frock an officer 1) Once his promotion is confirmed by the senate; 2) the billet he is serving in is a general officer assignment; and 3) the wearing of that rank is necessary for the performance of those duties. For instance, when I was confirmed for Brigadier General, I was assigned as an Assistant Division Commander - however, I was not frocked, because wearing a star was not necessary for the performance of those duties. For eighteen months, I served as a BG, wearing Colonel's eagles, waiting for my name on the list to come up for promotion. On the other hand, when I was confirmed as a two-star, I was immediately frocked as a major general, even though I wasn't actually promoted for another 18 months. In that case, as the Army Chief of Legislative Liaison, wearing that second star was deemed important in the performance of my duties.

    It is important to remember that though Craig was on a promotion slate, approved by the USMC leadership, he was not yet on an actual promotion list because no such list existed until approved by the Senate. The Senate takes this responsibility very seriously because it is part of our nation's civilian control of the military - i.e only the President, as confirmed by the senate, can create a general. In the Army, even when all the conditions are met, the Chief of Staff and/or Secretary of Army reserve the final decision to frock. I am confident that the Commandant of the Marine Corps and/or Secretary of the Navy reserves that right as well. Whether Craig was an active party to the frocking decision or not, the action circumvented the civilian control process - it was guaranteed to cause a very bad reaction on the Hill and with the Navy and Marine Corps leadership. I suspect Craig was largely a victim of his immediate superior's poor judgment. However, he signed a number of articles during that period "BG/USMC" which would have only exacerbated the issue. A real shame.
     
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    I have never paid close attention to this fiasco but certainly have been aware of it. This is the most concise and understandable explanation I have read concerning the Boddington affair. It is nice to hear it from a professionals and peers point of view.

    Thanks General.
     
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    Red Leg I appreciate your explanation of this matter. Thank you sir for your service to our country.
     
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    I never met him, only read his articles and watched him on TV. Seems like the kind of man a U. S. Marine would want to follow. Thanks for your service Col Boddington.

    Cpl G.
     
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    Given his version of the story, I somehow think Craig Boddington would be just fine if it never came up again. He seemed rather digusted with the entire fiasco and the dirty politics.
     

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