There’s this guy in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District who is running for that seat by the name of Michael Webb. He was running as a Republican, but he was defeated in the primary, so he’s running as an Independent now. He came to our attention a few months ago because he was touting his career in the military. He claims that he was an Airborne Ranger and a major in the Army Reserves;
Well, the truth is a matter of semantics – he was indeed an Army Reserves officer and he was in the 2nd Battalion, 75th Rangers. I’ve emailed with him a couple of times and he’s not exactly easy to talk to. He’s a brilliant man, very good command of the English language, but, like many of the people we talk to here, he’s a bit wordy – he says a lot of words, but not many of those words answer any questions.
His time at the 2/75th Rangers was spent as the battalion legal clerk – a Specialist (E-4). He wants you to think that he was an infantryman while he was there, but he really wasn’t;
He trained as an infantryman, but he served as a legal clerk while he was on active duty. Mike explains to a prospective constituent;
Now, when I talked to the Army Recruiter, today, I asked him why they changed the entry course for service in the Regiment from RIP to RASP, and he told me, “because too many people died.” Again, I am thinking that is really valorous to say that I survived. When I got to the Ranger Regiment and served for two years during a time of relative piece, we experienced ten casualties of which I am aware in the Regiment, including two battalion commanders, one of my own company commanders and his radio technician because we all trained realistically for wars we were all expected to fight when called. Again, I am thinking that that is a little more than turning on your XBox to play Call of Duty.
And, at that elite unit, I was ordered to forgo Ranger School to attend Officer Candidate School after being identified as one of the top five Rangers in a company of more than 140 Rangers.
When you have done half of that, you might be able to brag, too, and not steal my valor.
You see what I mean about Mike’s communication abilities. I think he’s saying that because he completed two weeks of the Ranger Indoctrination Program, he’s a Airborne Ranger. I’m not sure how changing the name of RIP to RASP saved lives, but there you go.
He accused me of calling a “tab check”, but he has no tab to check. He never went to Ranger School – you know, why waste training dollars on a legal clerk? Still, being a legal clerk in the Ranger Battalions is a tougher job than being a legal clerk anywhere else, but, I guess it’s up to you if you think being a legal clerk in a Ranger Battalion allows you to call yourself a Airborne Ranger. I was an infantryman in a Ranger Battalion, but you won’t find me calling myself an Airborne Ranger – of course, Mike told me that I should.
He didn’t deploy with the Rangers, he also didn’t deploy during the war against terror with the Army Reserves as an Military Intelligence officer;
He campaigns in Virginia in a uniform;
I think he can almost get away with it because he doesn’t have any patches on the uniform, but, to me, he looks like he’s a homeless bum who shops at the surplus store. He shows a lot of bad judgement.
Speaking of which, he put a screenshot of his computer screen on the internet yesterday – he forgot to close the PRON tabs before doing so;
That’s not going to help his campaign.
I’m not calling this a stolen valor case, because, like I said, it’s about language. I know what his intentions are, but I’m not the Thought Police.
Oh, yeah, this isn’t an endorsement of his run for the Congressional seat.
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