Here is a link to WingNutDaily’s coverage of changes to LTC Lakin’s FitRep. The period of the FitRep ended April 12, 2010 and the LTC’s video was released March 30.  According to WND the FitRepwas changed after being signed to reflect questions about LTC Lakin’s judgment and loyalty.  But I am sure there is more to that story.  Question, if you are his counsel and know his FitRep runs through April 12, why have him release the video on March 30?  Would 13 days really make that much of a difference?

29 Responses to “Lakin Gets Bashed in FitRep”

  1. Christopher Mathews says:

    If you have already decided not to obey your deployment orders — or any other orders — would you really be concerned about your fitness report?

  2. Anonymous says:

    If I understand the birthers correctly, every second that someone who has shown a short, rather than a long form birth certificate, is in the White House represents the most dire national security crisis imaginable. That 12 days could be the difference between the survival and the demise of the Republic.

  3. RY says:

    Similarly, should he be at all surprised? Refusing orders hardly exemplary leadership, particularly when it is at odds with the professional judgment and leadership of everyone in a higher pay-grade than him. If you’re going to argue everyone else’s judgment is flawed, don’t be surprised when yours is questioned.

  4. Anon says:

    Hey, Navy guys. Unfortunately, the wing-nut is in the Army. It’s called an Officer Evaluation Report (OER), not a FitRep.

  5. Snuffy says:

    And dont worry- when he wins at his court martial, and saves the republic from certain collapse, he will have great grounds for his OER appeal.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Old marks, revised marks, what do they matter to this birfer – doesn’t the authority to rate this guy in the first place derive from an illegitimate commander in chief?

  7. Mike "No Man" Navarre says:

    Thank you Anon. for the correction.

    And JMTG, if his counsel were planning for sentencing–which he should be–wouldn’t you want your client’s paper just before he went low and to the left to be exemplary?Just seems like he unnecessarily crapped all over great GMC stuff for no reason.

  8. jerkmanistan says:

    pretty clear from recent cases you don’t have to be sane to be a five-star physician or psychologist in the ARMY. degree + license + pulse = golden.

  9. jerkmanistan says:

    and oh yeah, the ARMY will help you get at least 2 of those 3.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Are you saying the Army is cloning Doctors?

  11. Christopher Mathews says:

    No Man, have you seen any evidence of planning in the conduct of the Lakin defense?

  12. Mike "No Man" Navarre says:

    JMTG–true.

  13. Brian the dog says:

    Well, I would have thought that WRAMC would have learned to write accurate OERs in December. Like, Hassan’s early warning signs, it was clear way before he posted his video that he was diving head first into the deep end.

    Also, why can’t WND write some original articles. Seems like 70% of their material is recycled from previous articles. (and it is done badly at that, usually not a pro pos of the current issue). I swear, I will stop going to their site for my news if they don’t clean up their act.

  14. King Jorge III says:

    Why would you go there for news? The rest of us go there for the entertainment value along with a side of guano.
    Comedy gold is the name of the game for the World Nutter Daily.

  15. Gitmo JAG says:

    By the time LTC gets to sentencing, and after he takes the stand to proclaim the President to be a fraud to an 0-6 panel, I don’t think his last OER is going to make a damn bit of difference. Although I am ignorant of army ground maneuvers and tactics, I think the correct language to describe the defense strategy is “scorched-earth.”

  16. KyAtty says:

    This merely confirms what we already knew-that Lakin has chosen to throw away his career in support of arguably the dumbest cause in history.

  17. soonergrunt says:

    @snuffy, 1649hrs 16JUN2010:
    I don’t know if you’re kidding or not, Poe’s Law, and all (http://tinyurl.com/6rrmf3) so I’m just going to ASSUME that there are people reading who do not know the following:
    The Court-Martial is a legal proceeding and the the Officer Efficiency Report is an administrative document. Neither has anything to do with the other under military law and regulation.
    Lots of personnel, Commissioned Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers have their careers ended by adverse OERs/NCOERs and never set foot inside a court-martial. What substantive grounds are there for appeal? He was given an order. He refused to carry that order out. In so doing, he behaved in a manner that was disloyal to his chain of command and his immediate superiors and subordinates. In so doing, he revealed a hitherto-unknown tendency to do things that he should, through experience and training, know not to do, thus bad judgement.
    Whether or not he is acquitted of the criminal charges has little to no bearing on his continued fitness as an officer of the Army.
    These facts about his personality and quality as an officer are not the subject of court hearings. They are solely the subjects of his superiors’ necessarily subjective viewpoints and decisions.
    The best he could hope for is to get his OER redone, but a lightning strike like that won’t help him because in the small community of Army doctors, he will not be selected for advancement to Colonel when there are other officers who will also have stellar records and OERs who are not named Lakin and do not have a history of news reports on them. He will consistently be the 6th man selected for the 5-man team.
    And there will be NOTHING he can do about it.

  18. Ama Goste says:

    Soonergrunt, check out RCM 1001(b)(2). Every court-martial I’ve ever seen has the accused’s performance reports as one of the first exhibits introduced during the sentencing phase.

  19. soonergrunt says:

    @Ama Goste,
    I’ve no doubt about that, but the point I was making was that even if Lakin wins at Court-Martial (and nothing I’ve read here indicates that to be even a remote possibility,) his OER is still a career ender unrelated to the CM.

  20. Snuffy says:

    And here I thought that the “save the republic from certain collapse” line was a dead give away that I was in jest.

    But, if he DID save the republic from collapse- I bet he could get promoted- and pro’lly a medal to boot.

  21. soonergrunt says:

    As I noted with Poe’s Law:

    “Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of Fundamentalism that SOMEONE won’t mistake for the real thing.” In other words, No matter how bizzare, outrageous, or just plain idiotic a parody of a Fundamentalist may seem, there will always be someone who cannot tell that it is a parody, having seen similar REAL ideas from real religious/political Fundamentalists.

  22. Brian the dog says:

    I wouldn’t. As you said, I go there for entertainment. And it would be more entertaining if they just didn’t just rehash all their old guano. I WANT NEW GUANO!

  23. KyAtty says:

    Exactly. Lakin’s OER will be void once discovery proves that Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii and Joe Biden is sworn in as President. ;)

  24. JimmyMac says:

    KyAtty…Although I do not know Dr. Lakin, I suspect he would characterize his “career” as the practice of medicine, not the Army. And while this “frolic and detour” certainly will end his association with the Army, I suspect it will not end his practice of medicine. I also suspect there are a number of state licensing boards in this great country who would regard his status as a “birther” a positive endorsement of his application to practice in their jurisdiction. Perhaps the one where the Governor has threatened to succeed from the United States?

  25. mikeyes says:

    JimmyMac,

    LTC Lakin currently has licenses in MD, CO and HI. If he is convicted and dismissed after serving time in Leavenworth (the likely scenario based on Huet-Vaughn) then each board will have to decide if he meets criteria for losing his license based on state law. Huet-Vaughn was fined by the KS board but only after many physicians, including members of her unit, pointed out that she served the poorest part of Kansas City. As it was she was fined a substantial amount and her name placed on the dreaded national data base due to “action taken” by the KS board and will never be on the staff of a hospital.

    If one of the states takes his license away due to his having the equivalent of a felony on his record, he could lose his license to practice in the remaining states by virtue of being on the national data base. I suspect that the HI board is not on that list of positive endorsers.

    The national data base I am referring to is a list of all doctors who have been disciplined by medical boards and hospitals. If you are on the list then it will be very hard to get hospital privileges and medical examining boards look askance on anyone whose name apears and is trying to get a license to practice. It is referred to as the “nuclear response” in the medical field and is to be avoided at all costs if you want to continue your career.

  26. mikeyes says:

    HI code 436B-19(12) states that a license can be removed due to “(12)
    Failure to comply, observe, or adhere to any law in a manner such that the licensing authority deems the applicant or holder to be an unfit or improper person to hold a license;

    The other two states have sections defining those felonies that reflect “moral terpitude” as reasons to take the license away.

  27. JimmyMac says:

    Tell you what Mikeyes – Bookmark this and we can return to it in a year or so. I bet a cup of coffee that Dr. Lakin is practicing medecine somewhere, driving his BMW, enjoying his McMansion while we continue to spend our preciouis time posting to blogs!

  28. mikeyes` says:

    18 months.

    The laws are not that precise and only have to be followed if the conviction affects the practice of medicine. He will be in prison longer than a year.

  29. Greg says:

    It looks like Lakin is contesting his OER. I bet Lakin had thought his OER was final when he made his first video – and did not anticipate that the Army might revise it in light of his (very) public statements and actions.

    Does Lakin really think he can salvage his Army career at this point? Or is he already looking toward the sentencing phase of his trial? In any event, contesting the OER seems to be yet another of the Lieutenant Colonel’s misplaced priorities.