Former Gen. Glasgow's letter has riled up a lot of people.
Judging from the comments, lots of folks were ready to take every word as gospel...
Since the letter was published, I've received plenty of phone calls and emails from folks who were closer to the situation than I was, rebutting the allegations against Gen. Pineada made in the letter.
As with any ongoing investigation, there is very little that Leadership can come out and talk about to explain their side of the story. That's just the nature of these things.
This is a classic example of, "He said /He said." Well there are two sides to any story, and folks need to look at things like this critically before they make decisions.
Here's an example of one note from a current CAP NCO, a former USAF Chief Master Sargent:
I spent 28 years in the Air Force where the focus was always: the mission, the mission, the mission. I am stunned by the open disloyalty, political back biting and back stabbing, I see in CAP. If it were up me to the Courts-Martial doc would be filled up for a year or two. My God, how do you get anything done?
You'll find the full text of the Chief's letter after the jump.
Senator Harkin, General Pineda;
I am requesting that any further pursuit of Rex Glasgow's allegations
against General Pineda be dropped immediately.
I received an email from a CAP Officer who has direct knowledge of Glascow's
misconduct, and the lies and distortions contained in his letter. The sender
requested anonymity and I will honor that. I thought I was doing the right
thing, and now I am humiliated to have my name associated with this, or to
have had any part in. There are not enough apologies in the world to undue
the damage done to General Pineda's reputation, I am responsible for this
and I pray his forgiveness.
I replied to the sender as follows:
"All this was inevitable and it has hurt our organization. It sounds to me
like General Pineda is getting shafted in a despicable fashion - innuendo
and rumors. Silence is consent and I'm glad you stepped forward. I will
not betray your trust, but I urge you to do the right thing and forward this
to Senator Harkin's office and to General Pineda. It will speed up the
resolution of this matter, salvage some dignity for General Pineda, and end
this stupid controversy once and for all.
Personally, I am sorry I sent that letter to Senator Harkin - it has done
more harm then good, put a good Commander under a cloud of suspicion, and
played directly into Glascow's plan of gorilla warfare - I couldn't feel
more like a fool.
I know how you feel personally. It is terrible to watch a trusted friend go
bad. But this is not your burden - he is relying on your loyalty to cover
his tracks. You can't allow yourself to be used like that."
General Pineda, whatever I can do to correct this situation I will do.
ROBERT D. CHIAFOS, CMSgt, CAP
78th Cadet Squadron (East Iowa)