Two weeks before he was to graduate from Yale, George Walker Bush stepped into the offices of the Texas Air National Guard at Ellington Field outside Houston and announced that he wanted to sign up for pilot training. It was May 27, 1968, at the height of the Vietnam War. Bush was 12 days away from losing his student deferment from the draft.
Retired Col. Rufus G. Martin, then personnel officer in charge of the 147th Fighter Group, said the unit was short of its authorized strength, but still had a long waiting list, because of the difficulty getting slots in basic training for recruits at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Martin said four openings for pilots were available in the 147th in 1968, and that Bush got the last one.
(People report) that it was not uncommon for well-connected Texans to obtain special
consideration for Air Guard slots. In addition to Bush and Bentsen, many socially or
politically prominent young men were admitted to the Air Guard, according to former
officials; they included the son of then-Sen. John Tower and at least seven members of the
Dallas Cowboys. (The Air Guard )was sometimes called Air Canada, What that meant was you
didn't have to go to Canada to stay out of Vietnam.
Ben Barnes, a former speaker of the Texas House recommended George W. Bush for a slot
in a National Guard unit during the Vietnam War. Barnes released a statement that a
Houston businessman who was a friend of the Bush family had asked him to recommend Bush
for a Guard slot. Barnes called the general overseeing the Texas Air National Guard. Bush
became an airman in May 1968.
Barnes had been contacted by the now-deceased Sid Adger, a Houston oilman and friend of the elder Bush.
In late November, Bush was sent to Moody Air Force Base outside Valdosta, Ga., for year-long undergraduate flight school. Bush impressed fellow trainees with the way he learned to handle a plane, but he became a celebrity for something else. In the middle of his training, President Richard M. Nixon sent a plane down to fetch him for an introductory date with his older daughter Tricia, according to fellow trainee Joseph A. Chaney. It did not lead to another date, but the story lives on. So does memory of the graduation ceremony: Rep. Bush gave the commencement speech.
In December 1969, George W. returned to Houston to hone his skills and eventually fly solo on the all-weather F-102, firing its weapons and conducting intercept missions against supersonic targets. His solo flight was in March 1970. Bush graduated from the 147th Combat Crew Training School on June 23, 1970, having fulfilled his two years of active duty.
Bush's father went on to run for senator in 1970 against Lloyd Bentsen Jr. ï¿½ a prominent Texas Democrat whose own son had been placed in the same Texas Guard unit by the same Col. Staudt around the same time as Bush. On Election Day, before the polls closed, Guard commanders nominated both George W. Bush and Lloyd Bentsen III for promotion to first lieutenant.
Bush's military records, obtained by the Globe. In his final 18 months of military service in 1972 and 1973, Bush did not fly at all. And for much of that time, Bush was all but unaccounted for: For a full year, there is no record that he showed up for the periodic drills required of part-time guardsmen.
On May 24, 1972, Bush made a formal request to do his (required monthly drills) /training at the 9921st Air Reserve Squadron at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. Two days later, that unit's commander, Lieutenant Colonel Reese H. Bricken, agreed to have Bush join his unit temporarily. In Houston, Bush's superiors approved. But a higher headquarters disapproved, noting that Bricken's unit did not have regular drills.
But on May 31, 1972, the Headquarters Air Reserve Personnel Center in Denver Colorado disallowed Lt Bush's request for a transfer to Alabama "http://awol.gq.nu/cgi-bin/i/doc5.gif". The Director of Personnel Snip
After his transfer request was rejected Bush choose to stay in Alabama working on the
Senate campaign. We know that Lt Bush did not report back to the Texas Air National Guard
(TxANG) for his required drills.
In August 1972, Bush was grounded for failing to take an annual medical examination
that included a drug test. The drug test was created to ferret out drugs from the
Vietnam-era military. In April 1972, the Pentagon implemented a drug-abuse testing program
that required officers like part-time reservist Bush to undergo at least one random drug
test a year. http://awol.gq.nu/nypostawol.htm
On Sept 5, 1972, Lt Bush made a request to be transferred to the 187th Tac Recon Gp at Dannelly ANG Base, Alabama, four months after he had ceased attending Guard drills with the 111th at Ellington.
His orders, dated Sept. 15, 1972, said: "Lieutenant Bush should report to Lt. Col. William Turnipseed, DCO, to perform equivalent training 7-8 October 0730-1600, and 4-5 November 0730-1600"(at the 187th Tactical Recon Group in Montgomery).
--- In interviews with the administrative officer (of the 187th) at the time, Kenneth
K. Lott, said they had no memory of Bush ever reporting. Turnipseed (now a the retired
general) said, To my knowledge, he never showed up,"
''Had he reported in, I would have had some recall, and I do not,'' Turnipseed said. ''I had been in Texas, done my flight training there. If we had had a first lieutenant from Texas, I would have remembered.''
Lloyd, a retired Texas Air Guard official, said he does not know whether Bush performed duty in Alabama. ''If he did, his drill attendance should have been certified and sent to Ellington, and there would have been a record. We cannot find the records to show he fulfilled the requirements in Alabama,'' he said.
Indeed, Bush's discharge papers list his service and duty station for each of his first four years in the Air Guard. But there is no record of training listed after May 1972, and no mention of any service in Alabama. On that discharge form, Lloyd said, ''there should have been an entry for the period between May 1972 and May 1973.''
Said Lloyd, ''It appeared he had a bad year.
In an effort last year to solve the puzzle, Lloyd said he scoured Guard records, where he found two ''special orders'' commanding Bush to appear for active duty on nine days in May 1973. That is the same month that Lieutenant Colonel William D. Harris Jr. and Lieutenant Colonel Jerry B. Killian effectively declared Bush missing from duty.
In Bush's annual efficiency report, for the period May 1, 1972, to April 30, 1973) the two supervising pilots did not rate Bush for the prior year, writing, ''Lt. Bush has not been observed at this unit during the period of report. A civilian occupation made it necessary for him to move to Montgomery, Alabama. He cleared this base on 15 May 1972...
There is no doubt that Bush was in Houston in late (December)1972 and early 1973. During that period, according to Bush's autobiography, he held a civilian job working for an inner-city, anti-poverty program in the city.
Bush's two superior officers declared him absent for the full year and the Bush did not tell his Commander(s) he had moved back to Houston (emphasis added) .
Bush failed to comply with an order to attend "ANNUAL ACTIVE DUTY TRAINING" from 22 May to 4 May 73 "http://awol.gq.nu/cgi-bin/i/doc17.gif".
Records show that Bush conducted drills into May, June, and July 1973 (after being AWOL for a year). During those three months, Bush spent 36 days on duty.
A document shows that Bush did not enough points to make up for both the missing year and the last year of Bush's service. "http://awol.gq.nu/cgi-bin/i/doc16.gif".
Bush's last day in uniform before he moved to Cambridge was July 30, 1973. His official release from active duty was dated Oct. 1, 1973, eight months before his six-year commitment was scheduled to end.
Bush requested and was released from the Air National Guard to attend college on October 1, 1973, about eight months short of a full six years. Bush was transferred to a reserve unit in Boston for the rest of his time.
The final separation date for Lt Bush to be 21 November 1974, a half year later than the anticipated separation dates of 26 May 1974 which was recorded on Bush's enlistment record and on all documents as late as October 2nd 1973 "http://awol.gq.nu/cgi-bin/i/doc10.gif"
For some reason there is an extra five months and twenty-four days tacked onto to Bushï¿½s normal six-year commitment.
By not taking his required physical and getting grounded, Bush could not have preformed his required training in a "SATISFACTORY MANNER". This means that the 36 days of service were perform in an unsatisfactory manner, and he should not have gotten credit for them for pay and retirement points.
Remember, he was a pilot and it was his duty to make damn sure his flight physical was
good, in case of a National Emergency/WAR
There are two ways to interpret this crucial memo: either 1st Lt. Bush took his mandatory annual flight physical for pilots and failed it for some as-yet undisclosed reason, or he refused to present himself in the first place to an Air Force Flight Surgeon, who were readily available in almost every state.
Bush's grounding would normally have been reviewed by a Flight Inquiry Board of three senior officers, but there is no record that such a board was convened in Bush's case. This absence of a Flight Inquiry Board is of particular interest to veteran pilots who are intimately familiar with normal disciplinary procedures.
There is no mention of the grounding in Bush's biography, which falsely implies that Bush continued flying until he left the National Guard.
Bush's pilot training cost the government nearly $1 million, and this was a huge investment that the Pentagon would not lightly abandon with two years remaining of a pilot's obligation. Moreover, pilots were badly needed at the time because of the war in Vietnam. Therefore, Bush's "failure to accomplish annual medical examination," could not have been either casual or accidental.
Failure to follow a direct written order should have been charged against Lt Bush for his failure to report to Lt. Col. William Turnipseed, DCO, to perform equivalent training 7-8 October 0730-1600, and 4-5 November 0730-1600"(at the 187th Tactical Recon Group in Montgomery).
Aides to Texas Governor George W. Bush visited the Air National Guard archives at Camp Mabry in 1997 and possibly altered Bush's military service records to conceal Bush's grounding from flight in 1972 and subsequent missed duty, according to LTC Bill L. Burkett ( Retired).
LTC Bill Burkett, was the State Plans Officer of the Texas National Guard at the time, said Bush operative Dan Bartlett headed a high-level operation to "scrub" Bush's Air National Guard record, to make sure it was in synch with the biography that the campaign was preparing.
Below is the statement of: Bill L. Burkett, LTC, Ret, US Army
"I was outside the Adjutant general of Texas office when I overheard a call from Joe Allbaugh and Dan Bartlett that told General James to "make sure there is nothing embarrassing in the Governor's file" in preparation for his reelection run and a run for the presidency. I was present when James and Asst AG General Marty told a state services employee to do the same. I was there when the retained records person surrendered files under order of COL William Goodwin, Chief of Staff, for the scrub of the Governor's files."
LTC Burkett, was working on active duty under General James and Governor Bush to develop a "work out strategic plan" for the Texas National Guard beginning in June 1996. At time of incidents, served as direct advisor to Gen James.
NOTE: Last December 1, 2001, Bush nominated Gen. James to be the Director of the Air National Guard of the United States. As Director of the Air National Guard of the US, Gen. James will be responsible for the direct control of all airspace over the Continental United States and will be the first responsible Officer for managing the network which scrambles fighters.
LTC Ret. Burkett stated, "I submitted official challenge, as did other former national guard officers, to the appointment of James. In Texas, James is still the defendant within civil courts for anti-Semitic actions, retaliation and gender discrimination. USA Today in December alleged that James falsified federal personnel and readiness documents in a scam to obtain an additional $20 million dollars per year in funding for the Guard."
Bush the Deserter
(*Editors Note | Speaking from the Oval Office with NBC's Tim Russert
>in a segment broadcast Sunday, George W. Bush attempted to defuse a
>growing controversy over unexplained absences during his military service.
>In doing so he failed to provide any new details that would refute the
>charges. Bush simply said: "They're just wrong," he did add, "I served in
>the National Guard . . . I flew F-102 aircraft. I got an honorable
>discharge." Bush placed on the table the same promise he made during the
>2000 campaign when the question of his military service arose, saying he
>would, "absolutely" release additional records that would prove he served
>when assigned to do so. Four years later, it's a pledge still waiting to
>be fulfilled. -- ma.)
---interesting how this verbally challenged yutz has learned the
When the October Surprise Treason was being investigated and questioned (it
"You can't fool all of the people all of the time,
"You can fool some of the people all of the time,
Bush's Missing Year By Eric Boehlert Salon.com, Thursday 05 February 2004
In 1972, George W. Bush dropped out of his National Guard service and
Letter from Michael Moore to George Bush on just released Mil Records!
An Open Letter from Michael Moore to George "I'm a War President!" Bush
Dear Mr. Bush,
Scan of Bush records indicating he was grounded for disobeying a Direct
A lot more on Bush and his Records of Many Colors !
Kerry fights off recent alleged infidelity, Rivals predict ruin
XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX THU FEB 12, 2004 11:45:28 ET XXXXX
CAMPAIGN DRAMA ROCKS DEMOCRATS: KERRY FIGHTS OFF MEDIA PROBE OF RECENT ALLEGED INFIDELITY, RIVALS PREDICT RUIN
A frantic behind-the-scenes drama is unfolding around Sen. John Kerry and his quest to lockup the Democratic nomination for president, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.
Intrigue surrounds a woman who recently fled the country, reportedly at the prodding of Kerry, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
A serious investigation of the woman and the nature of her relationship with Sen. John Kerry has been underway at TIME magazine, ABC NEWS, the WASHINGTON POST, THE HILL and the ASSOCIATED PRESS, where the woman in question once worked.
A close friend of the woman first approached a reporter late last year claiming fantastic stories -- stories that now threaten to turn the race for the presidency on its head!
In an off-the-record conversation with a dozen reporters earlier this week, General Wesley Clark plainly stated: "Kerry will implode over an intern issue." [Three reporters in attendance confirm Clark made the startling comments.]
The Kerry commotion is why Howard Dean has turned increasingly aggressive against Kerry in recent days, and is the key reason why Dean reversed his decision not to drop out of the race after Wisconsin, top campaign sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.
More on Bush's Squirming Records
Scan of Bush records indicating he was grounded for disobeying a Directorder and refusing to take a required physical (Drugs ?)
A lot more on Bush and his Records of Many Colors !
The Khan Artist
I think President Bush has cleared up everything now.
The U.S. invaded Iraq, which turned out not to have what our pals in Pakistan did have and were giving out willy-nilly to all the bad guys except Iraq, which wouldn't take it.
Bush officials thought they knew what was going on inside our enemy's country: that Iraq had W.M.D. and might sell them on the black market. But they were wrong.
Bush officials thought they knew what was going on inside our friend's country: that Pakistanis were trying to sell W.M.D. on the black market. But they couldn't prove it ï¿½ until about the time we were invading Iraq.
"The grave and gathering threat" turned out to be not Saddam's mushroom cloud but the president's mushrooming deficits.
The president is having just as hard a time finding his National Guard records as Iraqi W.M.D. ï¿½ and those pay stubs look as murky as those satellite photos of trucks in Iraq.
Mr. Bush said yesterday that smaller developing countries must stop developing nuclear fuel, even as the U.S. develops a whole new arsenal of smaller nuclear weapons to use against smaller developing countries that might be thinking about developing nuclear fuel.
After he weakened the U.N. for telling the truth about Iraq's nonexistent W.M.D., Mr. Bush now calls on the U.N. to be strong going after W.M.D.
Gen. Pervez Musharraf pardoned the Pakistani hero and nuclear huckster Abdul Qadeer Khan after an embarrassing debacle, praising the scientist's service to his country. Mr. Bush pardoned George Tenet after an embarrassing debacle, praising the spook's service to his country. (So much for Mr. Bush's preachy odes to responsibility and accountability.)
The president warned yesterday that "the greatest threat before humanity" is the possibility of a sudden W.M.D. attack. Not wanting nuclear technology to go to North Korea, Iran or Libya, the White House demanded tighter controls on black-market sales of W.M.D., even while praising its good buddy Pakistan, whose scientists were running a black market like a Sam's Club for nukes, peddling to North Korea, Iran and Libya.
Mr. Bush likes to present the world in black and white, as good and evil, even as he's made a Faustian deal with General Musharraf, perhaps hoping that one day ï¿½ maybe even on an October day ï¿½ the cagey general will decide to cough up Osama.
The president is spending $1.5 billion to persuade more Americans to have happy married lives, but plans to keep gay Americans from having happy married lives.
Mr. Bush said he wouldn't try to overturn abortion rights. But John Ashcroft is intimidating women who had certain abortions by subpoenaing records in six hospitals in New York, Philadelphia and elsewhere.
The president set up the intelligence commission (with few intelligence experts) because, he said, the best intelligence is needed to win the war on terror. Yet he doesn't want us to get the panel's crucial report until after he's won the war on Kerry.
Mr. Bush said he had balked at giving the 9/11 commission the records of his daily briefings from the C.I.A. until faced with a subpoena threat because it might deter the C.I.A. from giving the president "good, honest information." Wasn't it such "good, honest information" that caused him to miss 9/11 and mobilize the greatest war machine in history against Saddam's empty cupboard?
Mr. Bush says he's working hard to create new jobs in America, while his top economist says it's healthy for jobs to be shipped overseas.
The president told Tim Russert that if you order a country to disarm and it doesn't and you don't act, you lose face. But how does a country that goes to war to disarm a country without arms get back its face?
Mr. Bush said he was troubled that the Vietnam War was "a political war," because civilian politicians didn't let the generals decide how to fight it. But when Gen. Eric Shinseki presciently told Congress in February 2003 that postwar Iraq would need several hundred thousand U.S. soldiers to keep it secure and supplied, he was swatted down by the Bush administration's civilian politicians.
Yes, it all makes perfect sense, through the Bush looking glass.
Chronology of a deserter