By Ray Starmann
On September 15, 2015, Congressman Steve Russell requested the Ranger School records of the first two female graduates, Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver. Since September 15th, the Army has done everything possible to stall and obstruct Congressman Russell’s investigation, while creating a bodyguard of lies surrounding the story.
The Secretary of the Army stalled Russell for nine days and then asked for an extension to obtain documents readily available.
The Army waited another two weeks to tell Russell the documents had been shredded.
The Army refuses to tell anyone what the school’s policy is for the storage and destruction of Ranger School records.
Fort Benning has refused to turn over the rosters from Griest and Haver and Major Jaster’s classes, which would allow the media to interview other students from the classes, subsequently forcing the media to submit Freedom of Information Act requests.
The Army refuses to tell the media why they shredded Griest’s and Haver’s records.
The Army refuses to tell the media what they are doing with Major Jaster’s records.
The Army wants us to doubt that journalist Susan Keating’s Ranger School sources are real.
The Army wants us to believe that if Susan Keating’s sources were real they would come forward, when in fact, they are frightened of retribution. Considering the Obama administration’s treatment of whistleblowers, these fears are more than justified.
The Army is incapable of investigating this story. Therefore, for the sake of the nation’s national security, US Defense Watch recommends that the following personnel be subpoenaed by Congress and ordered to testify under oath in front of the House Armed Services Committee, concerning the special treatment given to female soldiers at Ranger School:
The Honorable John McHugh, Secretary of the Army
General (Ret.) Martin Dempsey, former Chairman of the JCS
Major–General Scott Miller, Commander, US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, GA
Colonel David G. Fivecoat, Commander of the Airborne Ranger Training Brigade, Fort Benning, GA
Major Lisa Jaster – recent Ranger School graduate
Captain Kristen Griest – one of the two first female graduates from Ranger School
First Lieutenant Shaye Haver – one of the two first female graduates from Ranger School
Command Sergeant–Major Curtis Arnold, Command Sergeant-Major, Airborne Ranger Training Brigade, Fort Benning, GA
Sergeant First Class Robert Hoffnagle – reported to have specially trained Captain Griest and First Lieutenant Haver for Ranger School
The group of Ranger School instructors who are reported to be journalist, Susan Keating’s sources.
The Army’s senior leaders have broken the trust of the American people. They have succumbed to an absurd political agenda emanating from the White House. They have broken their oaths by abandoning the Constitution and the nation they have sworn to defend. The only things they have defended are their own careers and retirement benefits.
Congress must take action. If they refuse, the American people must contact their representatives and request that they do something. Things have reached a critical point now. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will soon be deciding whether or not to allow women into the combat arms and special operations units. He may in fact, be making decisions based on the bodyguard of lies from Fort Benning.
If nothing is done, if the lies and deception continue to go unheeded, then the national security will be in jeopardy.