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Florida Homegoing for Sgt. La David Johnson is without controversy

 

Mourners wore red to honor Sgt. La David Johnson, 25, at Friday night’s viewing, but donned white attire for his funeral Saturday morning.  There was no sign of controversy inside Christ the Rock church and the family refused to let reporters inside the sanctuary.

The hour-and-a-half long service spoke only of the Soldier himself and his commitment to his wife, his children, and his country. There was reference to his neighborhood moniker of “Wheelie King” from his days of riding his trick-bicycle on the streets before he joined the Army in 2014. There was no mention of the days-long news coverage regarding the condolence call from President Trump to Myeshia Johnson, La David’s young widow.

A media dust-up started after Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson called news outlets to say that President Trump had “disrespected” Sgt. Johnson during the condolence call to his widow. Wilson stated that Mr. Trump said  “he knew what he was getting into” when he signed on to be a Soldier.  The cowboy-hat-wearing representative said she overheard the conversation. Rumor has it that Wilson nearly busted a high-heel in her haste to call the press.

Sgt. Johnson, a member of the Army’s elite Green Berets based out of Fort Bragg, was killed by Islamic militants in Niger along with is comrades Staff Sgt. Bryan Black of Puyallup, Washington, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson of Springsboro, Ohio, and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright of Lyons, Georgia.  All four Special Forces operators died Oct. 4, 2017.  The details of the attack are under investigation by the Pentagon as well as the FBI.

Sgt. La David Johnson leaves behind his wife Myeshia, who is carrying their third child, and two daughters ages 6 and 2.

The Soldiers’ deaths in Niger have brought to light the role of American advisers and troops in Africa who are under the command of AFRICOM, one of nine “unified combatant commands” of the Unites States Armed Forces.  Marine Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser is the commander of AFRICOM which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.  Currently, the U.S. military is operating in some 20 African countries fighting Islamic extremism.

Although the American public is demanding answers into what went wrong on Oct. 4, the thorough investigation will take even longer with both the military and the FBI involved.  Those answers will not come anytime soon.

 

 

FOX News forced to remove false story about artist Garofalo’s ‘Vietnam hero’ status

 

Fake news is the “hot talker’ these days and most of it is published by fake news sites with a political agenda, but sometimes honest reporters and legitimate news sources get taken in.  That is exactly what happened to FOX News and they were forced to remove a story about a Vietnam “hero” from their website.

The Oct. 8, report highlighted John Garofalo, a 72-year-old glass artist who came out of retirement to create a 150-pound glass and bronze presidential seal for President Donald Trump.  According to the Star-Telegram, Garofalo claimed he was one of the first U.S. Navy SEALs.

FOX reported this:

“Decorated War Hero Hopes to Honor Trump With Glass Presidential Seal” — included numerous details of Garofalo’s alleged military past.

Yesterday, the post was finally removed from the FOX News Channel website after Garofalo’s claims were refuted.  FOX News admitted they had been duped. FOX News:

“Unfortunately, all of Garofalo’s claims turned out to be untrue.  The fact is that he did not serve in Vietnam. He was never a U.S. Navy SEAL. Even though he showed us medals, Garofalo was not awarded two Purple Hearts or any of the other nearly two dozen commendations he claimed to have received, except for the National Defense Service Medal.”

Bryan Llenas, who reported the phony story, displayed Garofalo’s work in progress which the artist described as a tribute to his hero, Trump, who “woke something up in me.”

Although FOX tried to “soft-sell” their retraction by stating Garofalo is an “artist and a veteran”, they admitted they had failed to research the claims of Garofalo being a highly-decorated veteran and one of the first Navy SEALs before publishing the story. They issued an apology to their viewers, “especially the veterans”.

Marine colonel assigned to CENTCOM busted in prostitution sting

 

Law enforcement in Florida has a pretty good track record of nabbing military men when they break up prostitution rings.  This week was no exception when Marine Col. Kevin Scott, 51, was arrested in a Polk County Sheriff’s investigation of prostitution and human trafficking.

Scott is on temporary duty assigned to CENTCOM at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. He was arrested as part of “Operation No Tricks, No Treats,” in which another 277 people were  also arrested.

According to Polk County deputies, Scott, 51, approached an undercover detective shortly after 11:30 p.m. Saturday and asked for sex in exchange for $80.  There was no indication in their report if the undercover agent was male or female.

Scott was driving a rental car paid for by the United States government.  Deputies said, “We had to call the government and say, ‘Hey would you like to come get your leased car ’cause your colonel is on the way to the county jail.”

In an attempt to salvage his career, Col. Scott told law enforcement that he was retired and no longer with the Marines.   CENTCOM was contacted for further information but their Public Affairs Office referred all questions to the Marines.  Good strategy for CENTCOM, the military’s segment in charge of the Middle East which includes Afghanistan, Iraq, Central Asia, and parts of Northern Africa, where four U.S. Special Forces Soldiers were ambushed and killed earlier this month.

Scott was released Tuesday on $500 bond.

“Operation No Tricks, No Treats” was in play Oct.10 -16.  For anyone who missed the fun, the Polk County Sheriff’s office will have another operation in place soon.  Check Backpage.com for undercover agents posing at hookers.

 

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