Soldier gets Silver Star [and] reprimand.

Soldier gets Silver Star, reprimand for same battle.
Washington (CNN) -- A U.S. Army officer who was honored for valor after his combat outpost in Afghanistan was attacked has also received a letter of reprimand for failing to secure the base before the attack, according to Army officials. Such a letter normally would prevent career advancement.


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Happens. A Lt Cdr in Borneo got an MBE and a court martial for the same op (the CM for losing two outboard motors). Ended up as a full admiral. Exceptionally decent bloke by the way.
Just noticed this Washington Post article.
The reprimands come amid growing political pressure from lawmakers who have pushed the military to assign greater accountability for incidents in which large numbers of U.S. troops are killed or wounded. The Pentagon's top leaders -- Adm. Mike Mullen, the Joint Chiefs chairman, and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates -- also have been quicker to dismiss senior officers, fostering a change in the overall culture. In 2009 they relieved the top commander in Afghanistan for his stewardship of the war. "The issue of holding people accountable is something Admiral Mullen watches very, very carefully," said a senior military official.
I know a fine older gentleman who was a USN officer. He earned the Medal of Honor in Korea and told me he had expected a court martial for crashing his plane.
Total Disgrace, the ones who should be given a pistol with 1 bullet are the fools who decided to put an Outpost at the Bottom of a Valley with the surrounding High Ground unsecured.
Reminds me of the Documentary about LCpl Jack Mizon, Grenadier Guards, who was going through the Justice system for assualting a copper IIRC and then gets marched in to the old man to receive a MiD from his last sandy tour.
Once saw a Regt Conduct sheet for a Ssgt that had a GOC's commendation for taking IA after a grenade thrown by an OCDT hit a wall and rebounded back to the group. Followed by a charge for failling to attend a dental appointment published on p1O's.
Well, in this case a Letter of Reprimand means the Captains career is finished. He will be forced out soon by a retention board

Title 10, United States Code, and Army policy as contained in AR 600-8-24, requires officers who are not selected for promotion twice be separated from active duty no later than the first day of the seventh calendar month after the month in which the Secretary of Defense approves the report of the board which considered the officer the second time.

Officers involuntarily separated for failure to be selected for promotion will have the reason "Failure of Selection for Permanent Promotion" and appropriate separation program designator code (JGB for RA) IAW AR 635-5-1, entered in blocks 26 and 28, of their DD Form 214 on separation. This action is required by Department of Defense policy to ensure the officer has an official document to verify eligibility for the involuntary separation benefits as defined in Chapter 58, Title 10, United States Code.
One of my favourites was the story that concerned Eisenhower and Ramsay when they visited the Normandy beaches just after the invasion aboard HMS Apollo, a fast minelayer. Eisenhower "encouraged" her captain to get closer to the shore so he could get a better view and, inevitably, the ship grounded, damaging her propellors.

The captain of Apollo, Grindle, was mortified and knew that he would have to face a Court of Enquiry.

Eisenhower took the blame but Ramsay said told him not to worry "since Grindle would only get a reprimand from the Admiralty and that most good naval officers have a reprimand or two on their records"

Eisenhower later wrote a letter of mitigation (something i find astonishing given the enormous presures on him at that time) to Cunningham, the First Sea Lord.

I have know idea what Grindle actually got though.
They use to say that the only way to get promoted in the Navy was having been on the wrong side of a courts martial. That way, in the future when a promotion board came up they'd be mulling over the names and yours would be familiar, but no-one could remember why :)

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