Tuesday, August 29, 2006

N O T!!!!

Clueless at the Pentagon
By Boston Herald editorial staff
Tuesday, August 29, 2006

What could the brass at the Pentagon be thinking by insisting the 150 members of a Massachusetts-based Army Reserve unit end their current tour of duty with a 20-hour bus ride home?

The 220th Transportation Company had been on active duty in Iraq for at least a year. They were being demobilized at Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, Ind., when they were informed they would be bused home.

A few of the quick-thinking soldiers phoned Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), a member of the Armed Services Committee. Kennedy sent a letter to Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey saying, “With air service such a viable option, I don’t believe putting these soldiers on buses for an extended overnight ride is the most appropriate way for the U.S. Army to show its gratitude for their considerable sacrifices.”

And don’t you know the Army managed to find a charter plane to take them home - a tribute to Kennedy’s clout and to his well-regarded constituent services.

But you’d think that a military that is having trouble recruiting and retaining personnel might want to do better by its own people.

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