More from Jeff S...
On 4/27/98, at 9:11 PM, jeff wrote:
Thanks for posting my e-mails on your site with even a few responses. You
might want to get the response my wife sent to "A SSgt, USAF" and post it in
rebuttle to his reposnse about my email to you. Of course, I know you
MSgt Jeff S.
I have a story to tell and a battle to fight...I'm not interested in refocusing my
efforts to appease you or do battle with you. You see, my battle is not with
you. You are not the cause of the battle I must fight, unless you're abusing
your people. If it would appease you, I would consider placing your wife's
response on my page, or removing "A SSgt, USAF"'s statement, but as I see it,
this detracts from what I want to accomplish. You certainly don't know me
very well, because if you did, you'd know that I WOULD post your wife's reply.
But this isn't about whether or not you're a decent individual...This is about
justice that must be served and errors corrected...That's what I'm interested
in. I was wronged and I don't intend to simply let this "blow over" like many
others I have met that did just that.
Here's the facts in a "nutshell"...
Fact 1: My chain of command decided the way the telephone calls were to
be billed and used their choice of "bulk telephone call billing" against me as
justification for their actions and desire to relieve me. The word "conspiracy"
comes to mind. I made each and every one of these calls! How else did I set
5 appointments with applicants from this telephone prospecting? I ALWAYS
prequalified people if they would at least agree to speak with me and answer
these prequalifying questions. Most of the time, they would. How would I
know what most of the people were doin' after graduation? I wrote this
information on the school folder form with the date and times I called them.
Or better yet, how tall they were and how much they weighed? I wrote that
information right on the forms in the school folders in question, too. Most of
these people had only been telephoned by me once, and were contacted on
the dates and times indicated.
Fact 2: The officer, who's verbal order I supposedly disobeyed, later told me
in the base exchange at GFAFB, not in the presence of anyone else that he
was "Sorry, but I have a wife and 5 kids to think about." It appeared he had
been coerced. There was in fact, no order given, but I did not make future
calls on that line based on our discussion. One call was made while setting
up the new fax machine the next day with the telephone that is an integral
part of the fax machine, and that call was made by a fellow recruiter that
brought the fax machine to my office. He wrote a statement to explain this
fact. I'm sure the fax telephone is still connected in that office, even today!
Fact 3: When I indicated that I would not accept the Article 15 that was to
be served, the "rules of the game were changed" (in other words -- they
cheated), and the charges became administrative. All actions, the LOR,
UIF, Control Roster, relief "with cause", redline promotion to MSgt (5 days
before my effective promotion date), non-referral "2" EPR, and the
ostracism were obviously done without any sense of "fair-play"...Even the
Air Force IG was disturbed "...by the magnitude of administrative action
taken by your commander." I still don't understand the rich "political
rhetoric" in the Air Force IG's response, other than perhaps "covering" for
undeserving commander(s) (there was a change of command between the
time this action started and finished), who were advised by an even less
deserving squadron superintendent. And the flight supervisor just played
along -- spineless comes to mind here.
I could go on and on...I have statements pertaining to my case from several
people that I haven't posted yet. I get at least 5 phone calls or emails each
month from someone that's gettin' "takin' for the ride", and at least 7 emails
each month from former recruiters with tales of their own to tell. The fact is,
the system is in need of repair. People are not stupid...When relieved
recruiters go back to their old career fields, they're going to tell others of
Why is there a problem obtaining and retaining enough
What is sown in the spring is what is reaped in the
fall, I reckon.
Here's the bottom line...I want the justice and the $10,682 (plus) in backpay
I deserve! I'd also like an apology from the perpetrators, but I'm not holdin'
my breath on that one.
5 years from now, I'll be a retired MSgt for 4 of those years. My chances of
making SMSgt are like a snowballs chance in hell. My career is over, but
my life will go on, and I will always be proud of the contributions and
sacrifices I've made to defend our great country, including hiring 98 top notch
professionals for the United States Air Force as a recruiter. The people that
did this to me, however, must live with the knowledge of their actions for
eternity. I only hope that God is more forgiving to them than they were of me!
I'd caution you to be more careful in the future of being too judgemental.
Best wishes to you and yours!
Al Lamb (aka Airminder)
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