Thursday, December 29, 2005

Worthless Scumbag

The following is an example of the worst type of INDIVIDUAL this nation will ever produce. If it was up to me I would bust him to PV-1 and have him ride convoys up and down RT Irish for the amount of time his unit was deployed. At least that might spare some soldier some misery.

H/T ARGGHHH!

This is from The State a South Carolina Newspaper...

Desertion lands pilot in jail for 10 months Spartanburg soldier abandoned his Guard unit before Iraq deployment

By CHUCK CRUMBO Staff Writer

An S.C. National Guard helicopter pilot has been sentenced to 10 months in a military prison for deserting his unit before it deployed to Iraq.
Chief Warrant Officer Alex Pitts of Spartanburg pleaded guilty to two separate charges of desertion and one charge of being away without leave (AWOL) under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Pitts also pleaded guilty to “missing movement” — a military charge for not reporting when his unit left McEntire Joint National Guard Base for Fort Bragg, N.C., and eventual deployment to Iraq.
Pitts was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment. Two of the unit’s pilots were killed Dec. 9, 2004, in a crash with another helicopter near Mosul, Iraq.
According to Army documents, Pitts reported for duty Aug. 10, 2004, and then “attempted to shirk combat duty by quitting (the) unit.”
The Apache unit then left Aug. 13, 2004, for Fort Bragg with Pitts missing, the documents said.
Pitts resurfaced in December 2004 at Fort Hood, Texas. When Army officials learned Pitts was an aviator, he was ordered to go to Fort Bragg.
But Pitts never reached Fort Bragg. He later was apprehended at his home in Spartanburg and then sent to Fort Knox, Ky.
Pitts was to be held in the Personnel Control Facility until he could be transported to Fort Gordon for court-martial. When MPs went to Fort Knox on May 13 to pick up Pitts, who was restricted to the post, he was gone.
On May 26, authorities found him at a house he was renting in Spartanburg and took him to Fort Gordon, according to the Army report.
Prior to the call-up of his unit, Pitts spent 18 months training to be a chief warrant officer and an Apache pilot, said Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Pete Brooks.
Pitts pleaded guilty Dec. 12 to all charges at a court-martial at Fort Gordon, Ga.
Pitts also received a dishonorable discharge and was fined $100,000. If he doesn’t pay the fine, Pitts will have to serve six more months in prison.
Desertion is a rare charge among National Guard members. Brooks said this is the first incident since he became spokesman for the S.C. Guard 14 years ago.

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