The heiarchy within military organizations is there for a reason. To handle such situations at the lowest level possible. If you're the veteran you claim to be you know this to be absolutely true!
And yes, Lt. Col Lakin has every right to appeal, but when it has been determined that his case has no merit and that his actions went against good order and discipline, the individual deserves to be punished for his wrong-doing. And that's where it ends.
Lt.Col Lakin's superior office has determined that he acted beyond the limits of his paygrade, and, moreover, his grievence had no merit and he conducted himself in violation of the UCMJ. He knew it and is therefore being punished for it. He knew it was coming. As far as I'm concerned, he deserves what he gets.
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"Grieving" something is not the same as disobeying a direct lawful order. This dope is way past grieving anything now, except his future that is.
Thank You Barack Obama for Restoring Honor To The Presidency.
President Obama will rank as one of our greatest presidents!
Now, who is LtCol Lakin's immediate Commanding Officer? Who does he report directly to in complying with his orders? Who signs his fitness reports? I can tell you it is NOT the President of the United States. At the most, the highest Lt.Col Lakin's complaint could have gone is to the Secretary of the Army, but no further. That portion in bold clearly illustrates that his appeal had a particular avenue of redress to follow and once it got to that point within the appeal process, his avenue of appeal stopped right there.Any member of the armed forces who believes himself wronged by his commanding officer, and who, upon due application to that commanding officer, is refused redress, may complain to any superior commissioned officer, who shall foreword the complaint to the office exercising court- martial jurisdiction over the officer against whom it is made. The officer exercising general court-martial jurisdiction shall examine into the complaint and take proper measures for redressing the wrong complained of; and he shall, as soon as possible, send to the Secretary concerned a true statement of that complaint, with the proceedings thereon.
Sidenote: You can pull this okie-doke on ordinary civilians, but you can't fool us vets.
Last edited by Objective Voice; 04-25-10 at 03:44 PM.