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Today brings sad news of the arrest and relief of another member of the U.S. military who was assigned to the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Prevention (SHARP) and Equal Opportunity Program. (Edit: The third of three, recent, high-profile cases)

This event may be considered less shocking than the other two, but equally telling.

Here's a recap of the wheels coming off the DoD's program designed to arm units with responsible leaders who can help solve the sexual assault and harassment problems, and it's probably not inclusive.

- Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, a guy at the headquarters of the Air Force is relieved, charged by local police with sexual assault.
- Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen, from the Army's SHARP office at Ft. Hood is charged with allegedly running a small-time prostitution ring and for the sexual assault of another soldier.

The latest high-profile case:
- Lt. Col. Darin Haas was relieved of his duties as the manager of Fort Campbell's Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Prevention/Equal Opportunity today after his arrest in a domestic dispute.

I don't have much editorial comment on this. There's not much to say. I'm a retired solider and I still work for Uncle Sam.

It's a shame. It's dangerous. It probably isn't over.

I would also interject here that around the DoD, there's a growing resentment of the mandatory training we have to sit through on this topic. We all know it's coming back around again too. The "all hands" training done during a "Stand Down Day" that everyone did last year was good. It was well-produced, and it was believable. However, in my opinion, training like that won't ever work as intended. It's resented as group punishment. The hard questions and difficult answers are glossed over. (That should sound familiar to anyone in the U.S., we tend to do that.)

To pull back to the macro level and offer an opinion, I would say the upswing in sexual assault and sexual harassment  is a symptom of an organization that has been running too hard and too fast for more than a decade. This in no way excuses the criminal behavior of individuals. It also offers no comfort to the victims, both the ones we know about and the ones who, for various reasons, don't report what happened to them.

But, at some point, leaders are going to have to pull back and look at this from a macro view. I know. I know. They're getting ready to cut the DOD, mostly the people, rather than the programs. But even so, someone has to realize that when you run fast and hard, you ignore things. You ignore important things. You let things slide. You move problems around rather than solve them. We've got to stop that. Leaders must get in there and lead.  

For the few details on this most-recent case jump over the swirl.

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Lots of news today, but this one shouldn't go unnoticed.

The first gay marriage took place on a military base --Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. We've come a long way.

Congratulations to Tech Sgt. Erwynn Umali and his partner, Will Behrens. Kudos to the chain of command. I know it is technically a civil union, but it's news worth noting.

A few excerpts below the swirly goodness. I won't have much commentary as none is really needed. (I searched with my poor search skills, and I hope this isn't a repeat diary. The blessed event happend a month ago, but the news was dated July 19.)

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Bottom line up front: In our breathless, non-stop, absurdly-profitable, stomach-churning, short-attention-span  media culture, a U.S. Marine earned a Medal of Honor, took on a defense contract giant and has had his Medal of Honor accomplishment called in to question in less than 90 days. I don't know WTF happened here, but we need to talk about it. Read more after leftist heathen swirl of orange goodness if you want.

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"Pentagon Will Not Target Firms' Profits: Official"

This is my first diary, and I consider myself new to Daily Kos. I should point out two things. First, my only career since 19 has been with the Defense Department -- either as an enlisted man or civil servant. I have fallen in to a life of serving. It wasn't really deliberate, but it happened. Why then would I write a diary critical of the DoD? I write this to join the chorus of warnings dating back to President Eisenhower.

Second, I'm a new member of the left, a reformed right winger if you will. I don't know if I just grew up or got tired of the political lies. So as I try to express myself, I hope I make some sense here.


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