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(DFW Star-Telegram)   If you're going to pass yourself off as a high-ranking military official, you probably shouldn't try to offer the Fort Worth Police Chief a White House tour. Scary tag for just how close this guy got to certain installations   ( star-telegram.com) divider line
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2013-05-26 03:50:57 PM  
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CSB: no lies honest. This guy is my next door neighbor.

His girlfriend tried to commit suicide the other day. Got drunk and turned the car on in the garage. Had 5 police cars blocking my drive way with an ambulance. My guess is she learned his story from the FBI agents that came around the neighborhood asking about him and wearing his uniform.

He came up to me one day telling me he just got back from Afghanistan and that he was in a car accident and had been in rehab because Taliban had hit his car from behind and forced him into a cement divider.

I always wondered why an army general would live in my neighborhood.

He came over to my house one evening at 9 PM in his under wear asking if I was telling people he was a General.

I was like well Mike I only told them what you told me you were and I see you wearing your uniform and fatigues who am I to say you are not what you said you were.
2013-05-26 01:05:19 PM  
2 votes:
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He has a goatee, which isn't authorized.  He's also wearing infantry branch lapel insignia (the crossed rifles), with a Special Forces tab (the blue and gold tab sewn to his shoulder).  Special Forces officers wear crossed arrows.  I'm not 100% sure, but I think generals stop wearing branch insignia entirely.

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His unit awards (the larger ribbons above his nametag) should be on a bar to keep them neat and orderly, and you're only authorized three in a row.  The fourth should be on another row on top.  He also has a ton of Good Conduct Medal ribbons (the red ribbon with the white vertical stripes on the ends, with a bronze bar across it).  The GCM is only awarded to enlisted soldiers, and not officers.

He also has a Combat Infantryman Badge with two stars, designated it has been awarded three times (the original badge, and the first and second star signify three awards), which means he had to have fought in three separate wars, and the Army will only give it to you once for fighting in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  I don't think there's a single soldier on active duty with a CIB with two stars.  He also only has two campaign medals, which basically means he's only been in two combat zones.  The Kosovo Campaign Medal (the assymetric red & blue ribbon), and ones for the first Gulf War (the ones in the bottom right corner).  He also does not have either an Iraq Campaign Medal or an Afghanistan Campaign Medal.  Very odd for an active-duty infantry or Special Forces officer.
2013-05-26 09:50:46 AM  
2 votes:
McDowell, 57, has never been in the military. Neither had his father - actually an Irving evangelist who died in 1985 while leading a revival in California.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/05/25/4884594/fort-worth-police-say - colonel.html#storylink=cpy
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
2013-05-26 04:43:37 PM  
1 vote:

ImpendingCynic: Sgt Otter: He also has a ton of Good Conduct Medal ribbons (the red ribbon with the white vertical stripes on the ends, with a bronze bar across it). The GCM is only awarded to enlisted soldiers, and not officers.

If he had earned it while enlisted, and was then commissioned, would he still wear it? (just curious, don't know the rules there)

Yes, if he had been prior enlisted, he would still wear the Good Conduct Medal.  You automatically earn them for not screwing up too badly every three years.  Your first three years gets you the ribbon itself.  The next one has a bronze "clasp" worn on top of the ribbon, with every knot on the clasp signifying an additional award.

It's hard for me to tell, but it looks like there's at least two or three knots, signifying that he went over to the officer side of the house after at least nine or twelve years, then starting back up the career path as a 2nd Lieutenant all the way to Brigadier General, which normally takes at least 20 years.  Most guys other than 4-stars and the Sergeant Major of the Army hit mandatory retirement at 30 years of service.

/Just noticed he should have a star on his National Defense medal for two wars, for serving during both the Gulf War and Iraq/Afghanistan.
2013-05-26 04:31:37 PM  
1 vote:

Radak: Stinkyy: What the hell kind of action could these commies have seen?  These are the most absurd looking uniforms I've ever seen.

At least it provides a legit reason for airport security to ask them to remove their pants.

Actually, it does not.  Here is the original, unshopped photo:

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2013-05-26 02:36:55 PM  
1 vote:
I go to the Pentagon on official business all the time, in the correct uniform, and with proper credentials and still get the TSA watch list treatment.  There's no way this asshat could have just wandered in without being sniffed out.  As for the White House, fahgeddaboutit.
2013-05-26 02:22:31 PM  
1 vote:
I just hope he didn't return a salute from a higher-ranking officer.  That's a felony.
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