The board’s action comes two months after the chairman of the Board of Governors, Maj. Gen. Richard Bowling, announced the 11-member board had suspended the CAP national commander for a period of up to 180 days. The suspension occurred after the board convened a special Aug. 5 meeting to receive the initial CAP inspector general’s Report of Investigation concerning allegations that a Florida Wing member took U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College tests for Pineda in 2002 and 2003.
“This action was taken after careful review of the facts and circumstances and after numerous discussions of the report of the investigation against Gen. Pineda,” Bowling said.
Vice Commander Brig. Gen. Amy S. Courter, who has served as acting national commander since Pineda was suspended, now takes leadership of CAP as interim commander, as prescribed in the organization's Constitution and Bylaws.
NHQ Press Release: U.S. CAP Board of Governors removes national commander
:: So Tony's Timeout was brought to an end last night by the BoG.
I'm glad that the Board of Governors took decisive action, and ended this crap. There had been some debate that if it was found that there wasn't enough evidence to remove him, that Tony may have been re-instated, but with no power to make any decisions without the approval of the BoG. That would have been just silly, and a further drain on our ability to function as a cohesive team.
There has been some discussion in the ranks about how CAP regulations, (CAPR 35-7) and the CAP Corporate Constitution and Bylaws deal with removal of the National Commander. Some have speculated that Tony may appeal the removal. That he may fight to keep his stars, etc.
The reality is that CAP regulations are our own rules, but the BoG derives it's authority from Federal Law. The BoG is, "...vested with complete governing power over the affairs of the CAP." So if they say go, it's time to pack up, thank your staff, and go play some golf or whatever.
I'm no lawyer, but I don't see how an appeal would have any merit. Dragging this thing on any further does nothing to help.
If it were up to me, (and it's not) I would recommend that he be demoted, and 2B'd right out of the organization. It's the same fate that I would expect for any one of us 50,000+ volunteer Airmen that serve in uniform. Cheaters never prosper.
My theory is that history will not treat Tony kindly.
I've served with Amy Courter. (way back when I was a Cadet, in Michigan.) I can tell you from personal experience that she's good people. I look forward to seeing where her leadership takes us.
Let's gather up all the lessons learned, and move on.
We have work to do.