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    it as an important person and you don t do it as a citizen This guy s got a lot of nerve Though some accounts reckon the total personnel component of the 187th as consisting of several hundred the actual flying squadron that to which Bush was reassigned numbered only 25 to 30 pilots Mintz said There s no doubt I would have heard of him seen him whatever Even if Bush who was trained on a slightly different aircraft than the F4 Phantom jets flown by the squadron opted not to fly with the unit he would have had to encounter the rest of the flying personnel at some point in non flying formations or drills And if he did any flying at all on whatever kind of craft that would have involved a great number of supportive personnel It takes a lot of people to get a plane into the air But nobody I can think of remembers him I talked to one of my buddies the other day and asked if he could remember Bush at drill at any time and he said Naw ol George wasn t there And he wasn t at the Pit either The Pit was The Snake Pit a nearby bistro where the squadron s pilots would gather for frequent after hours revelry And the buddy was Bishop then a lieutenant at Dannelly and now a pilot for Kalitta a charter airline that in recent months has been flying war materiel into the Iraq Theater of Operations I never saw hide nor hair of Mr Bush confirms Bishop who now lives in Goldsboro N C is a veteran of Gulf War I and as a Kalitta pilot has himself flown frequent supply missions into military facilities at Kuwait In fact he quips mindful of the current political frame of reference I saw more of Al Sharpton at the base than I did of George W Bush Bishop voted for Bush in 2000 and believes that the Iraq war has served some useful purposes citing as the White House does disarmament actions since pursued by Libyan president Moammar Khadaffi but he is disgruntled both about aspects of the war and about what he sees as Bush s lack of truthfulness about his military record I think a commander in chief who sends his men off to war ought to be a veteran who has seen the sting of battle Bishop says In Iraq we have a bunch of great soldiers but they are not policemen I don t think he the president was well advised right now it s costing us an American life a day I m not a peacenik but what really bothers me is that of the 500 or so that we ve lost almost 80 of them were reservists We ve got an over extended Guard and reserve Part of the problem Bishop thinks is a disconnect resulting from the president s own inexperience with combat operations And he

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    claimed the documents it released yesterday show President Bush fulfilling his duties in the National Guard during Vietnam However the documents released actually showed that Bush did not receive military pay from May to September of 1972 a five month gap in service where Bush also refused to take his annual physical and was grounded as a pilot White House spokesman Scott McClellan refused to say whether Bush actually showed up for service only saying that Bush was paid In all the records do not show the exact nature or whereabouts of Bush s service during that period In a year spanning 1972 and 1973 Bush claims to have served in the Alabama National Guard and in Houston but the White House cannot produce a single human being to validate that claim While Bush says there is no evidence to prove whether he did or did not show up for service that is not true those who would have overseen his service specifically report that he was absent In Alabama the commander of the unit Bush would have been in said today He never did come to my squad He was never at my unit Additionally in a signed report commanding officers in Houston said Bush has not been observed Fair Use Notice This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental political economic democratic domestic and international issues etc We believe this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law In accordance with Title 17 U S C Section 107 the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have

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    the White House has claimed the attack is baseless Burkett s credibility was bolstered today after the New York Times reported that he made his complaint known right after the incident In 1998 he sent a letter to a member of the Texas State Senate saying Bush and his aides improperly reviewed the file to make sure nothing will embarrass the governor during his re election campaign Burkett repeated in interviews this week that Bush and his aides ordered Guard officials to remove damaging information from Mr Bush s military personnel files Yesterday the commander of the Alabama unit Bush claimed he served in during his year long absence said Bush never did come to my squad He was never at my unit Additionally in a signed report commanding officers in Houston said Bush has not been observed In order to clear up the controversy the president would have to follow through on his Sunday pledge to release all of his records rather than continue stonewalling Fair Use Notice This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental political economic democratic domestic and international issues etc We believe this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law In accordance with Title 17 U S C Section 107 the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes For more information go to http www law cornell edu uscode 17 107 shtml If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that

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    rest Though the president promised to do so in an interview last Sunday on NBC s Meet the Press the White House appeared reluctant until the mass document release late Friday Our understanding is that this is the entire file presidential press secretary Scott McClellan said The record documents that the accusations by some are false Many pages in the pile of military records were duplicates as they came from different repositories They show Bush getting a glowing recommendation for promotion to 1st lieutenant which he received on Nov 7 1970 and exemplary performance evaluations from his commanders at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston Lieutenant Bush is an outstanding young pilot and officer and is a credit to this unit Lt Col Bobby Hodges wrote on May 27 1971 This officer is rated in the upper 10 percent of his contemporaries The documents also show no sign that Bush received special treatment either to get into the Guard when there were long waiting lists at the height of the Vietnam War or to be discharged from it nearly eight months before his six year service obligation was completed in order to attend Harvard Business School that he was subject to any disciplinary action while in the military or that damaging details were hidden in his medical record All were questions some Democrats had said needed to be answered But the records provided no evidence Bush served in Alabama Bush requested the transfer on Sept 5 1972 It was granted on Sept 11 and he was told to report for duty to the 187th TAC Recon Group at Dannelly Air National Guard Base in Montgomery Ala One of the few other mentions of Alabama in the documents was in an Ellington performance evaluation covering the period from May 1 1972 to April 30 1973 that could not rate Bush because he was absent from the base A civilian occupation made it necessary for him to move to Montgomery Ala wrote Lt Col William D Harris Jr He cleared this base on 15 May 1972 and has been performing equivalent training in a non flying status with the 187 Tac Recon Gp Dannelly ANG Base Alabama Lt Col Jerry Killian the Texas Air National Guard commander at the time wrote at the bottom that he concurred with the comments of the reporting official But there was no documentation from the Alabama side Several members of the Alabama unit that Bush was assigned to have told The Associated Press that they couldn t recall ever seeing him while one retired Alabama Guard officer said he remembers Bush showing up for duty Earlier this week the White House for the first time released payroll records it said proved Bush served in Alabama Those records which were not included in the documents released Friday showed Bush was paid for 25 days of service during the one year period in question most of them in 1973 He was not paid for any service during a

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    the Air National Guard by Mr Bush also denied Mr Burkett s account But Mr Bartlett admitted speaking to National Guard officials about the files as Mr Bush was preparing to seek re election as governor of Texas Questions about Mr Bush s National Guard service have arisen in every campaign he has run since his 1994 race for governor His 2004 re election campaign is no different with Democrats pointing to apparent gaps in his service record with the National Guard This week the White House released 18 months of payroll records that it says demonstrate Mr Bush fully completed his service White House spokesman Scott McClellan provided a copy of the dental examination done on January 6 1973 proving that Mr Bush served in Alabama Mr McClellan lashed out at the Democrats for their attacks What you are seeing is gutter politics Mr McClellan said There are some who are not interested in their facts They are simply trolling for trash Mr Burkett said in mid 1997 in Camp Mabry military museum he saw the head of the museum General John Scribner going through Mr Bush s records Mr Burkett said he saw a rubbish bin with discarded papers bearing Mr Bush s name It never happened as far as I know General Scribner said Why would I be going into records The New York Times Associated Press Copyright 2004 The Sydney Morning Herald Fair Use Notice This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental political economic democratic domestic and international issues etc We believe this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the

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    Bush earned the required number of service points The documents show long gaps in Bush s Guard service from May through late October 1972 and mid January through early April 1973 Bush spent part of the fall of 1972 working on a political campaign in Alabama but he performed equivalent duty while out of Texas McClellan said The records show Bush earned service points and was paid for duty in late October and November of 1972 but officials could not specify which dates he served in Alabama They also could not explain the gap in 1973 The records may not end the controversy The Democratic Party said in a statement There is still no evidence that George W Bush showed up for duty as ordered while in Alabama It noted an evaluation report from superiors in Texas said Bush had not been observed from April 1972 to May 1973 The White House later said the evaluation reflected that Bush was no longer serving as pilot during that period but that Bush recalled serving in a nonflying status Bush left with an honorable discharge eight months shy of the obligatory six years service on Oct 1 1973 to attend Harvard Business School The heaviest Guard service in his last two years came in July 1973 when he was paid for 19 days The National Guard and reserves rarely called up during the Vietnam War came to be regarded as draft havens for relatively affluent young white men the Air National Guard says in a history on its Internet site In an NBC interview broadcast on Sunday Bush acknowledged he had not volunteered for the political war in Vietnam but said he supported the government and would have gone had his Guard unit been called I put in my time proudly so he said Massachusetts Sen John Kerry front runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination who volunteered for and was decorated for his duty in Vietnam has said Bush should answer questions over his military record He declined to comment on the new records saying It s not my story It s not my question The Bush team has responded aggressively to the criticisms that could tarnish the president s portrayal of himself as a war president leading the country in a fight against global terrorism McClellan said the payroll records were proof of Bush s service But Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen writing of his own Guard service said For two years or so I played a perfectly legal form of hooky To show you what a mess the Guard was at the time I even got paid for all the meetings I missed Copyright 2004 Reuters Limited All rights reserved Copyright 2004 Yahoo Inc All rights reserved Fair Use Notice This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental political economic democratic domestic

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    with the 3559th Student Squadron Moody Air Force Base Ga He is trained to fly standard Air Force aircraft including the T 31 T 37 and T 39 Dec 29 1969 Jan 20 1970 Trainee 111th Squadron Ellington Air Force Base near Houston Jan 11 1970 Assigned flying duty as a pilot of F 102 fighter interceptors 111th Squadron at Ellington Aug 24 1970 Three member board recommends 2nd Lt Bush for promotion to first lieutenant Bush later receives the promotion 1971 Participates in drills and alerts at Ellington Begins work for Houston based agricultural company May 1972 Bush asks for and receives permission to continue his duties in Alabama while he works as political director on the Senate campaign of Winton M Blount a friend of his father Loses flight credentials after missing physical exam Sept 6 1972 Bush s request for a three month transfer to 187th TAC Recon Group Montgomery Ala is approved so he can work as political director for a Senate campaign November 1972 Bush returns to his unit at Ellington in Texas May July 1973 Participates in non flying drills at Ellington Works at inner city poverty program earlier in the year Sept 18 1973 Bush receives permission to transfer to reserve status and is placed on inactive guard duty about six months before six year commitment ends Attends Harvard Business School in the fall Oct 1 1973 Receives honorable discharge Fair Use Notice This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental political economic democratic domestic and international issues etc We believe this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of

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    military files of embarrassing or incriminating documents in the summer of 1997 At the time Burkett was a lieutenant colonel and a chief adviser to James He says he was just outside James open office door when his boss discussed the records on a speakerphone with Joe Allbaugh who was then Gov Bush s chief of staff In Burkett s account Allbaugh told James that Bush s press secretary Karen Hughes was preparing a biography and needed information on Bush s military service In an interview Burkett said he recalled Allbaugh s words We certainly don t want anything that is embarrassing in there Burkett said he immediately told two other officers about the conversation and noted it in a daily journal he kept The two officers George Conn and Dennis Adams confirmed to USA TODAY in 2002 that Burkett told them of the conversation within days Soon afterward there was a series of meetings of top commanders at Texas Guard headquarters at Camp Mabry Bush s records were carried between the base archives and the headquarters building according to Burkett and the second Guard official who was there The meetings were confirmed in a 2002 interview by USA TODAY with William Leon who was the state Guard s freedom of information officer in the 1990s He was involved in discussions about what to release Leon declined to comment on the substance of the meetings except to say We were making sure we released it properly and made sure we did it in a timely manner Contacted at home Wednesday night he refused to talk to a reporter He said Don t ever call me again at home I ll call your publisher and sue you Burkett first made his allegation just before the 2000 election when it was carried on some Internet sites but went largely unreported by mainstream news media The issue resurfaced Wednesday in the Dallas Morning News as Bush s military record took center stage in the presidential campaign Allbaugh James and the White House denied Burkett s story As president Bush has since elevated James to be director of the Air National Guard for the entire country In an interview that aired Sunday on NBC s Meet the Press Bush said he fulfilled his Guard commitment and offered to make his records public Host Tim Russert asked Would you authorize the release of everything to settle this Bush replied Yes absolutely Since then White House officials have released only documents concerning whether Bush fulfilled his service obligations White House statements have not addressed the release of any papers that could show disciplinary actions medical exams legal scrapes and the like On Tuesday the White House released pay records from a military archive in Denver that it said showed Bush was paid for at least the minimum training time he was obligated for in 1972 and 1973 But the records showed only what days he was paid for not where he was or what duty he

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