The Curious Case of Major General Schwartz, of the DC Guard

Here’s a further look, with some explanations, of the unfortunate recent episode in which the current commander of the DC National Guard, one Major General Errol R. Schwartz, appeared at first blush to have been fired (FIRED!) by incoming President D. Trump, in the very middle of the inauguration, at high noon so to speak, and in gross breach of time-honored precedent.

There is some evidence now to suggest that what appeared at first, was not in fact the case.

There is some evidence now that the original purveyor of the story, what WRSA calls “Bezos’ failing blog,” (heh) did a little track-covering that it thought would go unnoticed.

by the way– can someone more Guard-savvy than I tell me if it’s normal for a commanding general to stay in the command post for eight years? I understand that the DC Guard is a different animal even in the Guard as a whole, but eight years seems out of the ordinary.

Also, offered for comment, this passage– “started his Army career in 1976 but has never seen a deployment to a theater of war.”

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VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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6 Responses to The Curious Case of Major General Schwartz, of the DC Guard

  1. ultimaratioregis says:

    Apparently the mainstream media still thinks its partisan assertions will be accepted unquestioningly. It was the responsibility of the OUTGOING President, you-know-who, to add the General’s name to a list of people to be retained in their current positions.

    “Never deployed to a theater of war”. Not even Detroit. Speaks volumes.

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  2. rustybill says:

    I dunno if ten years as an Air National Guard enlisted swine makes me “more Guard-savvy”, but here goes.

    1982-1987: 255th Combat Communications Squadron, Miss ANG – Same squadron CO all five years, and, as I recall, same Adjutant General and Assistant Adjutant (Air).

    1987-1991: 149th Communications Flight/149th Tactical Fighter Group, Tex ANG: Likewise over four years, same unit & Group COs and (IIRC) same state-level commanders.

    Doing some online research [1], I find that Maj. Gen. John B. Conaway served as the Director of the Air National Guard for seven years. According to the same document, Lt. Gen. Harry M. Wyatt III has held the same position since 2009. But they are outliers; the usual term is more like three years. (Note: I have not been able to find similar documentation for state-level commanders).

    So, longevity in position is not unheard of. However, I think eight years in a single position may be pushing it a bit – particularly in a high-level command position.

    As for serving an entire career in the ANG and never having deployed – particularly in the last 25 years since Gulf War I – well, I would have some serious questions about that…

    [1] http://www.ang.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-101109-018.pdf

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  3. keydet1976 says:

    JPP, the Commanding General of the DC Guard is the equivalent of The Adjutant General in the several states. TAGs are appointed by the Governor, with the exception of SC who is elected, serve at the pleasure of whomever appoints them. Some may serve multiple Governor’s for example MG John G. Castle served under four Governors ( Robb, Bailies, Wilder, and Allen), Thackston (Warner), Newman (Kaine), Williams (McDonald), and Williams (McAulliffe). Changing out the CG of the DC Guard in the day of inaugnartion does not make sense given the nature of the event, however it is not fatal. Overall Command of the event is Joint Task Force, commanded by MDW Commander. The DC Guard is an important part of the JTF but not the only element. I don’t know the General’s background but not having been mobilized is a distinct possibly. This story is much ado about nothing.

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  4. DaveO says:

    I wasn’t aware Trump had the authority to pre-fire MG Schwartz, but President Obama does have that authority. Something in the milk ain’t clean. Firing someone takes an action, and Trump’s action at the described point is to say “I do.” He could fire the general during his subsequent speech, or any time after the oath is complete.

    Given the current campaign to kneecap the incoming president, and how prominent racialist politics are in DC, and how devoted to division and chaos Obama is, think we’re getting played.

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  5. TadLyon says:

    I have read elsewhere that a pro formal resignation letter timed for Friday at 12:30 was submitted as it had been every four years for the new Pres.’ inauguration. No big deal.

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