Bachmann Aide; Marine pretender

| July 18, 2013

Javier Sanchez, the senior legislative aide to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) who was arrested last week for stealing money from the Congresswoman’s office looks like he may have embellished his career as a Marine, according to Talking Points Memo. They claim that they have his records and that he served with the Marines 1994 – 2002, but other people, not Sanchez himself, have mischaracterized his service. TPM says that the highest rank that he achieved was sergeant, and that he left the Marines as a Lance Corporal, but on several news shows, like Fox News, he has been referred to as a captain and that he served in Bosnia and Iraq, but his records indicate that he never served in those conflicts;

The Marines released the military service record matching Sanchez’s name and age to TPM on Wednesday. It showed that he served from 1994 until 2002 and was stationed at Parris Island in South Carolina, Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, Camp Butler in Okinawa, Japan and at American embassies in Manama, Bahrain and Tokyo, Japan, and bases in Quantico and Arlington, Va. The highest rank he achieved was that of sergeant, according to the records.

At some of Sanchez’s public appearances, however, he was described as a Marine who had served in Iraq and Bosnia, and as having achieved the much higher rank of captain.

To be clear, there appears to be no evidence immediately available that Sanchez directly made false claims during his public appearances. The conflicts came when other people introduced him at events or described his history. But Sanchez appears to have done nothing to dispute these characterizations of him.

Yeah, not only did he not dispute the claims about his service, the people who made those pronouncements must’ve gotten the information from somewhere, most probably Sanchez himself. And the fact that he’s been charged with theft, only proves that folks who lie about their service have other criminal flaws.

Forgot to thank Chip for the link.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. gunner3_4 says:

    “I’d like to introduce Lt. Colonel Sergeant Captain Sanchez. This patriot served in Iraq when we weren’t there and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service at Parris Island.”

  2. Green Thumb says:

    I always wanted to be Major.

  3. Just An Old Dog says:

    Looks like he did a tour, reenlisted for Embassy duty, got promoted to Sergeant, stepped on his crank, was busted to Lance Cooley and pretty much had to get out at 8.
    Would want to know whats behind that, he could have been a real dirtbag, but its easy as hell to get busted out on embassy duty.
    I served with some pretty good guys that either failed out of school or got relieved early for minor screw ups. They have zero tolerance for any misbehavior ( especially involving alcohol) when you are part of an Embassy Detachment.
    Every eye is on you, whether you are on post or not. You can get shit canned for farting in formation. Literally.

  4. Combat Historian says:

    Maybe this dumbass is one of those mythical “Lance Colonels”.

  5. Just An Old Dog says:

    That he didn’t correct people doing his intro leads me to lean toward dirtbaggerism. Much like another POS on here Monkress let himself be introduced as a former SEAL, and didn’t say shit.

  6. USMCE8Ret says:

    Sergeant Captain, or Lance Corporal Captain?

  7. OldSargeUSAR says:

    I’d like to hear Bachmann explain how this bedwetter got hired on her staff…

  8. PintoNag says:

    Man, even the token veterans aren’t. On EITHER side.

  9. Combat Historian says:

    #7: Like almost all good civvies, Bachmann’s chief-of-staff probably took numbnuts’ USMC resume at face value and assumed everything was true and he/she was giving an OIF vet a well-deserved break. These civvies probably do not have a friggin clue as to how to go about vetting a vet’s resume and the claims made therein…

  10. Dave Thul says:

    Worth pointing out the Congressman Tim Walz from MN has done the same thing-been introduced on national TV as a combat vet and not immediately corrected the record. No one seemed to care about that.

  11. Jonn Lilyea says:

    Well, except us, Dave.

    I’d remind everybody that Bachmann was the first Republican to start calling for cuts to veterans’ benefits. maybe if her aides weren’t liars and thieves that might not have happened.

  12. Hondo says:

    USMCE8Ret: under the pending new uniform regs, I hear it’s going to be both. Highest rank/rate held goes on left; current grade, on right. (smile)

  13. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    You know what sucks? The Cap Po-Po set up a sting. The bait was $80 in one envelope and $120 in another. Thus, Senor Sanchez is charged only with misdemeanor theft. He’ll probably get a PBJ (that is, probation before judgment)and serve not 5 minutes. Of course, he’ll probably get hired by some Democrat now and end up in better shape than ever.

  14. Dave Thul says:

    That you did, Jonn, but the post got 9 comments, which has to rank near the bottom for stolen valor.

  15. kato says:

    To bad he isint gay also. As we all know the Bachmann family can cure that right up

  16. MCPO NYC USN (Ret.) says:

    But …. if he steals petty cash and the like … why not Valor?

    Either way … I can not stand: Liars; Thieves; and Cheaters!

  17. CR says:

    Another day, another shitbird.

  18. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    @16. If you’re so honest, why do your Scrabble opponents always turn the tile over when you claim to be using a blank, hmmmmm?

  19. ShariBaconCunt says:

    Right outta John Giduck’s playbook. Have others tell the lie, never make corrections, but then place blame elsewhere when questioned. Rinse and repeat.

    There is such a thing as lying by omission. John Giduck is the King of omissions.

    Of course. John Giduck also has first hand Beslan events in his book that are written as if Giduck was in Russia at the time but are completely faked. Even John Giduck has admitted that he was metaphorically scratching his ass in Colorado during the entire Beslan siege.

    There does seem to be a high correlation between Stolen Valor and other real crimes. There’s evidence that John Giduck violated PA state ethics statutes, had ITAR violations, and has had really bad hair days.

  20. Roger in Republic says:

    I was once introduced as “The smartest man in Seattle”. I immediately corrected the fellow by saying that since neither he nor I had met all of the men in Seattle he had no basis for that statement. He amended the statement to say that I was the smartest man that he had ever met in Seattle. All one needs to do when a third party misstates your bio is to immediately correct their error. That’s what people of integrity do as a matter of honor.

  21. CWO5USMC says:

    Here’s my two cents… if you go from Sgt to LCpl you either screwed up once really big and got a court-martial which took two ranks at once….. or you screwed up twice kinda big and had Bn or higher NJP which took one stripe at a time.

    Either way, he was going to be out at EAS and really no chance at re-enlisting.

    So he’s either one big turd or two medium turds hooked together.

  22. beretverde says:

    For Sanchez it is not Semper Fi…it’s Sempre Shit. Fuck him.

  23. Bosnia? Wow, I had more fun working in Bosnia than any other job I’ve ever had. I felt like I didn’t even a weapon there…but when I go to places like Oakland, CA, I take 2 with me and a few friends with guns.

  24. FatCircles0311 says:

    lol @ lance cocoanut status being described as a Captain.

    Poser and a shitbag thief who’d have thought.

  25. ByrdMan says:


    I guess that integrity trash went in one ear and out the other, huh?

  26. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    @20 Roger, that reminds me of a quote I’ve always liked…

    “Honor is simply the morality of superior men.”

    Mencken, H. L.