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    like a code of honor that you didn t go DNF duty not including flying said retired Air Force Col Leonard Walls who flew 181 combat missions over Vietnam There was a lot of pride in keeping combat ready status Bush has said he fulfilled all his obligations He was in the Texas Air National Guard from 1968 to 1973 and was trained to fly F 102 fighters I m proud of my service Bush told a rally last weekend in Lima Ohio Records of Bush s service have significant gaps starting in 1972 Bush has said he left Texas that year to work on the unsuccessful Senate campaign in Alabama of family friend Winton Blount The five kinds of missing files are 1 A report from the Texas Air National Guard to Bush s local draft board certifying that Bush remained in good standing The government has released copies of those DD Form 44 documents for Bush for 1971 and earlier years but not for 1972 or 1973 Records from Bush s draft board in Houston do not show his draft status changed after he joined the guard in 1968 The AP obtained the draft board records Aug 27 under the Freedom of Information Act 2 Records of a required investigation into why Bush lost flight status When Bush skipped his 1972 physical regulations required his Texas commanders to direct an investigation as to why the individual failed to accomplish the medical examination according to the Air Force manual at the time An investigative report was supposed to be forwarded with the command recommendation to Air Force officials for final determination Bush s spokesmen have said he skipped the exam because he knew he would be doing desk duty in Alabama But Bush was required to take the physical by the end of July 1972 more than a month before he won final approval to train in Alabama 3 A written acknowledgment from Bush that he had received the orders grounding him His Texas commanders were ordered to have Bush sign such a document but none has been released 4 Reports of formal counseling sessions Bush was required to have after missing more than three training sessions Bush missed at least five months worth of National Guard training in 1972 No documents have surfaced indicating Bush was counseled or had written authorization to skip that training or make it up later Commanders did have broad discretion to allow guardsmen to make up for missed training sessions said Weaver and Lawrence Korb Pentagon personnel chief during the Reagan administration from 1981 to 1985 If you missed it you could make it up said Korb who now works for the Center for American Progress which supports Kerry 5 A signed statement from Bush acknowledging he could be called to active duty if he did not promptly transfer to another guard unit after leaving Texas The statement was required as part of a Vietnam era crackdown on no show guardsmen Bush was

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    School he signed a document saying It is my responsibility to locate and be assigned to another Reserve forces unit or mobilization augmentation position If I fail to do so I am subject to involuntary order to active duty for up to 24 months Bush spokesman Dan Bartlett told the Washington Post in 1999 that the future president had served at a Boston area Air Force Reserve unit after leaving Houston But Bush never joined a Boston area unit the Globe said I must have misspoke Bartlett now White House communications director was quoted as telling the Globe in a recent interview HONORABLE DISCHARGE White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan responding to the Globe report on Wednesday said The president was honored to serve his country He met his obligations and was honorably discharged The Globe also looked at a 1968 pledge by Bush in which he committed to satisfactory participation in Guard training But the newspaper said he performed no service over a six month period in 1972 and nearly a three month stretch in 1973 erratic attendance that could have prompted his superiors to discipline him or order him to active duty in 1972 1973 or 1974 Instead Bush s unit certified in late 1973 that his service had been satisfactory the Globe said 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 Former Texas Lt Gov Ben Barnes a Democrat is scheduled to appear on CBS 60 Minutes on Wednesday night to discuss how he helped Bush get into the Guard in 1968 the network said In a videotaped speech recently posted on the Internet Barnes told an Austin Texas political rally I got a young man named George W Bush into the National Guard when I was lieutenant governor of Texas and I m not necessarily proud of that I thought that s what people should do when you re in office You help rich people The Pentagon on Tuesday released 17 pages of what it called newly found records that showed Bush flew 336 hours in a fighter jet most recently in April 1972 and ranked 22nd out of 53 pilots when he finished flight training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia in 1969 The pages did not resolve the dispute over whether Bush completed the service as required Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe said the details about Bush s service undermined his credibility These new documents show that the president did not serve honorably McAuliffe said accusing Bush of either lying about his record or suffering some kind of severe memory loss A pro Kerry group Texans for Truth plans to run television commercials this week questioning Bush s Guard attendance A group backing Bush Swift Boat Veterans for Truth has said in its own commercials that Kerry lied about his Vietnam war record Fair

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    were found in Jerry Killian s personal records White House communications director Dan Bartlett told CBS s 60 Minutes II which first obtained the memos Bartlett said Bush s superiors granted permission to train in Alabama in a non flying status and that many of the documents you have here affirm just that A memo dated May 19 1972 five days after Bush was supposed to have completed his physical summarizes a telephone discussion with Bush about how he can get out of coming to drill from now through November It says Bush was told he could do ET for three months or transfer ET referred to equivalent training a procedure for meeting training requirements without attending regularly scheduled drills The same memo says we talked abut him getting his flight physical situation fixed and quotes Bush as saying he would do that in Alabama if he stays in a flight status It also says I advised him of our investment in him and his commitment Democratic Party chairman Terry McAuliffe said George W Bush s cover story on his National Guard service is rapidly unraveling George W Bush needs to answer why he regularly mislead the American people about his time in the Guard and who applied political pressure on his behalf to have his performance reviews sugarcoated Bartlett told CBS As it says in your own documents President Bush talked to the commanders about the fact that he d be transferring to a unit in Alabama that didn t fly that plane the F 102 the type Bush was trained in Using only last names one of the newly disclosed documents points to sharp disagreement among Bush s superiors in Texas over how to evaluate his performance for the period from mid 1972 through mid 1973 Staudt has obviously pressured Hodges more about Bush Killian wrote on Aug 18 1973 I m having trouble running interference and doing my job Harris gave me a message today from Grp regarding Bush s OETR and Staudt is pushing to sugar coat it Bush wasn t here during rating period and I don t have any comments from 187th in Alabama I will not rate Grp refers to a military unit and OETR stands for officer efficiency training report The memo concludes Harris took the call from Grp today I ll backdate but won t rate Harris agrees At the time Walter B Staudt was commander of the Texas National Guard Lt Col Bobby Hodges was one of Bush s superiors in Texas who two years earlier had rated Bush an outstanding young pilot and Lt Col William D Harris Jr was another superior of Bush s Records released this year when Bush s military service re emerged as a campaign issue contain no evidence that he showed up for duty at all for five months in mid 1972 and document only a few occasions later that year Asked about Killian s statement in a memo about the military s investment

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    for him to take a flight physical exam But that response is directly contradicted by the Air Force Specialty Code which required a physical regardless of flight status On Wednesday Bartlett told CBS News in response to Jerry Killian s memos It s impossible to read the mind of a dead man He then reverted to his usual refrain The official files tell the facts Bartlett said And the facts are President Bush served He served honorably And that s why he was honorably discharged The shifting explanations and obfuscations coming from the White House are one reason why the Guard story remains dangerous for Bush The controversy after all is not merely about how he received a million dollars worth of free pilot training and then stiffed the government when it came time to pay it back in service It s also about how for the last decade Bush and his advisors have done everything possible to distort if not erase the truth about Bush s service record in order to advance his political career The detailed research from Lukasiak a Philadelphia caterer deals strictly with the contents of Bush s military service documents particularly those after April 1972 when Bush decided on his own to stop flying But what s fascinating is that when recent news reports from Salon the Associated Press CBS and the Boston Globe are layered on top of the AWOL Project research they fit together almost seamlessly revealing a vivid portrait of Bush as a young man who evaded his military service Last week Salon reported that in late 1972 George H W Bush phoned a longtime Bush family confidant in Alabama Jimmy Allison to ask if there was room on the local campaign he was managing for Bush s troublesome son George or Georgie as he was called The impression I had was that Georgie was raising a lot of hell in Houston getting in trouble and embarrassing the family and they just really wanted to get him out of Houston and under Jimmy s wing Linda Allison his widow told Salon After about a month I asked Jimmy what was Georgie s job because I couldn t figure it out I never saw him do anything said Allison Asked if she d ever seen Bush in a uniform Allison said Good lord no I had no idea that the National Guard was involved in his life in any way This week a new advocacy group calling itself Texans for Truth announced that it will air a television commercial featuring a former Alabama National Guard pilot who insists he never saw Bush in 1972 at the small Guard unit at Dannelly Air National Guard base in Montgomery where the president claims he served The pilot Bob Mintz has told a consistent tale In February he told the Memphis Flyer newspaper There s no way we wouldn t have noticed a strange rooster in the henhouse especially since we were looking for him Mintz was referring to the news on the base that somebody from Texas with political influence was coming to train with the unit I was looking for him Mintz said On Wednesday night on CBS s 60 Minutes in an interview with Dan Rather former Texas Lt Gov Ben Barnes went public for the first time about how he pulled strings to get the young Bush a coveted slot at the height of the Vietnam War in the Texas Air National Guard I ve thought about it an awful lot and you walk through the Vietnam memorial particularly at night like I did a few months ago and I tell you reflecting back I m very sorry about it but you know it happened and it was because of my ambition my youth and my lack of understanding But it happened and it s not something I m necessarily proud of CBS also reported on four documents from the personal files of Col Jerry Killian Bush s squadron commander One memo ordered Bush to take an annual physical examination an order he refused CBS reports On August 1 1972 Col Killian grounded Lt Bush for failure to perform to U S Air Force Texas Air National Guard standards and for failure to take his annual physical as ordered A year after Lt Bush s suspension from flying Killian was asked to write another assessment Killian s memo titled CYA reads he is being pressured by higher ups to give the young pilot a favorable yearly evaluation to in effect sugarcoat his review He refuses saying I m having trouble running interference and doing my job This week the A P reported that a thorough analysis of Bush s military documents indicates obvious gaps in his service along with equally gratuitous gaps in his paperwork Specifically missing are A report from the Texas Air National Guard to Bush s local draft board certifying that Bush remained in good standing Records of a required investigation into why Bush lost flight status A written acknowledgment from Bush that he had received the orders grounding him Reports of formal counseling sessions Bush was required to have after missing more than three training sessions A signed statement from Bush acknowledging he could be called to active duty if he did not promptly transfer to another guard unit after leaving Texas In February of this year Salon interviewed Bill Burkett a retired lieutenant colonel in the Texas National Guard who claims he observed aides to Bush going through his military file in 1997 to remove any embarrassing information tossing documents in the trash allegedly the types of documents that might help answer many of the unanswered questions surrounding Bush s Guard service Activities occurred in order to in my opinion inappropriately build a false image of the governor s military service Burkett told Salon Burkett first went public with his accusations in 1998 and has told the same story consistently for six years Also last February Salon

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    National Guard come to the forefront Bush has said in the past that neither he nor his father sought special treatment for him Any allegation that my dad asked for special favors is simply not true he said in 1999 Tsurumi said Vietnam was a top topic among the 85 students in his class when he was a visiting associate professor at Harvard from 1972 to 1976 He now teaches at Baruch College in New York What I couldn t stand and I told him he was all for the U S to continue with the Vietnam War That means he was all for other people Americans to keep on fighting and dying Tsurumi got to know Bush when the future president took his Economics EAM Environmental Analysis for Management a required two semester class from the fall of 1973 to the spring of 1974 Bush s first year at Harvard s business school Bush had transferred to Air National Guard reserve status before he enrolled in the MBA program He had enlisted in the Texas Air National Guard in May 1968 and trained to fly fighter jets until he was suspended from flying status in August 1972 for failing to submit to an annual physical according to Bush s military records released earlier this year Tsurumi said he remembers Bush because every teacher remembers their best and worst students and Bush was in the latter group Lazy He didn t come to my class prepared Tsurumi said He did very badly Tsurumi concedes that he disapproves of Bush s politics He wrote a letter to the editor of his hometown newspaper the Scarsdale Inquirer that derided the president s claims to compassionate conservatism Somehow I found him totally devoid of compassion social responsibility and good study discipline Tsurumi said What I remember most about him was all the kind of flippant statements that he made inside of classroom as well as outside Tsurumi says he is not working for any Democratic group for the Kerry campaign The only activity I do is to vote for him Tsurumi said But Tsurumi has been speaking out against Bush by giving newspaper and radio interviews The professor s comments come as a former Texas politician former state House Speaker and Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes has said it was he got Bush into the Guard Barnes a Democrat supporting John Kerry says he called the head of the Texas unit in 1968 at the request of a Bush family friend Bush s father was then a U S congressman CNN s Jonathan Wald and Jennifer Icklan contributed to this story Story Tools 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

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    season The president s critics say he got help getting into the Guard and was treated with kid gloves once he became a guardsman Democrats question why Bush was never punished for skipping a required medical examination or missing drills for six months in 1972 Bush has maintained he fulfilled all of his National Guard requirements and served honorably AP asked whether Bush ever participated in a disciplinary process during his Guard service whether he ever received a critical report or was ever present for a conversation in which his performance conduct or physical condition were raised by a superior officer No and this is clear from the president s records which have been made public the White House said in an e mail response The Texas Air National Guard stripped Bush of his pilot status in August 1972 for failing to take the annual medical exam required of all pilots Former Air National Guard officials say it was rare for a pilot to skip his physical exam No the White House replied when asked whether Bush ever failed a medical exam in the Guard or had a medical problem that would have temporarily or permanently disqualified him from flying The White House said The president did not ask his father or family friends for assistance in getting into the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War The AP filed lawsuits in federal court and state court in Texas seeking any additional records of Bush s Guard service after the White House said in February that everything had been released Documents released since then include Bush s official flight logs as a fighter pilot showing he spent more than 300 hours in military jets but had shifted to a two seat training jet several times in his final weeks as a pilot in 1972 Bush spent 40 percent of his flight time in training jets or simulators during the first four months of 1972 double the percentage for the previous five months There could be many reasons why an individual pilot would fly in a training plane including availability of the planes the White House said in its written response Bush needed to take a physical exam by the end of July 1972 to keep flying But he skipped the physical and his commanders grounded him in August 1972 Bush never flew for the military again The White House said Bush skipped the exam because he expected a transfer to an Alabama unit which did not have the F 102A jets Bush was trained to fly Bush has said he went to Alabama to work on the unsuccessful U S Senate campaign of Winton Blount a family friend The president was transferring to Alabama to perform equivalent duty in a non flying capacity making a flight physical unnecessary the White House said The White House did not answer whether Bush disobeyed a direct order to take the exam Bush won final approval to train for three months with an

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    Guard belatedly produced two documents Tuesday that include Bush s orders for his last day of active duty in 1973 They show he was on no fly status because he had been grounded almost a year earlier for skipping an annual medical exam The records released today are the fifth set of documents related to Bush s Vietnam era National Guard service to be released in response to the Associated Press s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit Bush has insisted he fulfilled all of his Air National Guard duties and says he is proud of his service Democrats have criticized Bush s Guard performance saying he shirked his duties in his final years in the service 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 go beyond fair use you must obtain permission from the copyright owner 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 Main Sections Home

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    up in a way that you could easily go through them Two Texas officials had signed sworn affidavits insisting they had reviewed the files in those boxes and released copies of all that related to Bush s 1968 1973 Guard service however Bush s time in the Texas Air National Guard has come under scrutiny in this wartime election season Some Democrats accuse Bush of shirking his guard duties in 1972 and 1973 when Bush didn t show up for training for as long as six months at a time Democrats have contrasted nominee John Kerry s combat service in Vietnam with Bush s stateside service as an F 102A fighter pilot in Texas Bush says he fulfilled all of his service obligations and did nothing wrong The newly released documents shed no new light on the most controversial periods of Bush s guard tenure Texas Tech University law school professors Richard D Rosen and Calvin Lewis both former Army lawyers reviewed the boxes of files earlier this week under an agreement in the AP lawsuit They found three other boxes with files from Bush s unit that previous searches did not turn up Stanford said The newly released documents include a January 1972 order for Bush to attend three days of physiological training at Laredo Air Force Base in Texas His Texas payroll and attendance records released earlier show Bush was credited for serving on active duty training for the three days involved At the time pilots had to renew their high altitude training every three years said retired Maj Gen Paul A Weaver Jr a former head of the Air National Guard Bush s first altitude training came in 1969 when he was in pilot school at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia The training involved instruction about the effects of lack of oxygen on the body and exercises in which the pilots are exposed under supervision to the thin air of high altitudes The purpose is to familiarize pilots with the effects of lack of oxygen so they can recognize them and take appropriate action to avoid blacking out at the controls The altitude training came six weeks before Bush began an unexplained string of flights on two seat training jets and simulators On April 12 1972 Bush took his last flight in the single seat F 102A fighter The future president skipped a required yearly medical exam and was ordered grounded as of August 1972 Bush says he missed the exam because he was planning to train with an Alabama Air National Guard unit which did not fly the F 102A Bush went to Alabama that year to work on the U S Senate campaign of a family friend Records show Bush did no guard training at all between mid April and late October 1972 He s credited with six days of training in October and November 1972 presumably with the Alabama unit The Alabama unit s commanders say they never saw Bush or any paperwork

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