Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Alaska Senate Candidate Joe Miller's U.S. Army Service Record Is On The Level; Accepted Early Discharge Prompted By Post-Desert Storm Drawdown

Too many simple-minded ignoramuses continue to question the U.S. Army service record of Alaska's Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller. They point to the fact that Miller did not serve the full five-year active duty stint as a commissioned officer customarily required after obtaining an education at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Here's a typical ignorant comment regurgitated by an anklebiter named AKGasman on Alaska Dispatch.

I would like to see Miller’s DD 214; all of the Vets know to what I am referring. I do not see how Miller got out the military service 2 years early. This question was raised by a Vet with 30 years service who looked up the law. Nor do I see how Miller would have medical expenses problems if Miller has Defense Department form 214. That is an Honorable Discharge from the Military Service which would entitle Miller to full medical coverage.

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Did Miller obtain a psychiatric discharge from the military service and that is how he got of the military service two years early?

Back on September 30th, 2010, Joe Miller addressed this issue through his campaign spokesman, Randy DeSoto. DeSoto, a fellow member of the West Point class of 1989, said Miller decided to leave the Army when an early release program was offered in 1991. The Army offered the program due to an oversupply of officers at the end of the first Gulf War (Desert Storm). “When we graduated, we all thought we’d be serving at least five years active and then three years on reserve status,” DeSoto wrote in an e-mail. “The Army drawdown changed that.” DeSoto further explained that Miller received an honorable discharge when he left active service in September 1992.

An LTE from Alan Simmons published in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner expands upon this account. Simmons points out that during every war, the country increases its military strength far above normal peacetime levels. At the conclusion of every war, the military draws back down to stay within its peacetime budget. This has always been approved by Congress just like it was after Desert Storm. Specifically, Simmons wrote:

I graduated from West Point, served in Desert Storm with the 101st Airborne Division, and was offered an early separation under USC Title 10, Sec. 1075; Voluntary Separation Incentive. Joe received the same offer.

This law was passed by Congress and signed by the president to facilitate a drawdown and minimize or eliminate involuntary separations. The military was ordered to cut, and Joe, like thousands of others, was given the option to transfer to the reserves.

So the military services can waive retainability requirements at any time for the good of the service. Thus the U.S. Army had the power to waive the five-year service requirement for Miller after West Point -- and they offered Miller the opportunity to take advantage of it. And so he did.



Another veteran who served with Joe Miller during Deseret Storm offered this endorsement. Ed Savage (Video Endorsement) writes:

Hi. My name is Ed Savage and I'm here to talk to you about Joe Miller. I had the honor of serving with Joe Miller during Desert Storm in the military from Fort Riley, Kansas. During that time I had the chance to observe a man of integrity with impeccable character. He says what he means and means what he says. His confident leadership was key in the success in our mission. I'm here to ask for your support for Joe Miller.

Here's a summary of Joe Miller's service record:

In June 1989, upon graduation from the US Military Academy, Cadet Joseph Miller was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. Second Lieutenant Miller previously went thru advanced summer training while a Cadet at West Point and was awarded the Parachute and Air Assault Badges. Following graduation from West Point, Lieutenant Miller attended Armor Officer Basic Course and the Scout Platoon Leader Certification Course at Fort Knox; he was subsequently assigned to the First Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. In December 1990, Lieutenant Miller, an armor officer, deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm with the First Infantry Division. He was subsequently involved in combat action and participated in the liberation of Kuwait. In May 1991, Lieutenant Miller returned to the United States with the First Infantry Division. Lt. Miller was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation as well as numerous other service and campaign medals for military service and combat action. In 1997, Cpt. Miller was released from the Individual Ready Reserve and received an Honorable Discharge for his honorable service in the US Army.

Joe Miller has posted copies of his West Point diploma, his discharge, and four officer evaluation reports (OERs) HERE. When you review his OERs, you'll see he not only gets the highest possible rating, but endorsers in his chain of command recommend advanced training and immediate promotion. Even though the services frequently struggle with ratings inflation, Miller's OERs stand out.

Joe Miller's politics remain very much up for debate. Joe Miller's service record is off limits for futher debate.

2 comments:

  1. I'm really and truely getting tired of the Palinizing of Joe Miller.

    I hope all Alaskans can see this for what it is, Baby Lisa is having a temper tantrum and Joe Miller will pay!

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  2. I never thought Lisa Murkowski would be so selfish as to run write-in. If she loses, her political career in this state is over.

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