Col. Jason Beers; screw up, move up

| June 16, 2018 | 38 Comments

Colonel Jason Beers was relieved from his position as commander of the 91st Security Forces Group at Minot Air Force Base last month when the unit lost a crate of ammunition and a machine gun. Stars & Stripes reports that he’s been reassigned as the chief of installations division at AFSOC Headquarters at Hurlburt Field in Florida.

In that role his responsibilities will include managing funding for AFSOC’s security forces and civil engineering personnel, and implementing policy for the installations division, [Air Force Capt. Amanda Farr, a spokeswoman for the command] said.

“We are fully confident in the colonel’s ability to manage our security forces and civil engineer programs for the command,” Farr wrote in an emailed statement.

So, he went from a unit to Dakota to a unit in Florida. That’s a promotion right there – it will seem like it come Winter. He couldn’t maintain control over a crate of 40mm grenades and a machine gun so he’s going to manage an entire base.

By the way, they still haven’t found the missing ordnance at Minot and the investigation continues.

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  1. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    Florida again. Gadzooks

  2. Ex-PH2 says:

    Still haven’t found that stuff, huh?

    Oh, yeah?

    Yeah.

    Might try looking on the top floor of the parking garage in Fargo. Or maybe somewhere along a fence line outside of town.

  3. Mason says:

    Wow. Most people get cashiered when they are in charge of a security organization at a major nuclear facility and that security is found to be lax.

    Must be connected.

  4. RM3(SS) says:

    It’s a fine government tradition that most of us who worked civil service have seen time and time again. Like the DFOD I worked for once upon a time…

  5. MSG Eric says:

    Wow, so they’re putting him in a Special Operations Command after being fired?

    If he were enlisted they’d have reduced him and possibly even kicked him out altogether. But an Officer? nooooo, can’t have that. It might hurt his career if we did something mean.

  6. AW1Ed says:

    Be all you can be…

  7. CCO says:

    This does not give me a warm fuzzy feeling; OTOH, the Colonel has gone from guarding nuclear missiles to guarding lumber, so there is that.

    • MSG Eric says:

      Hurlburt Field is the headquarters location for the Air Force Special Operations Command and Joint Special Operations University.

      So, quite a bit more than just lumber.

  8. RetiredDevilDoc8404 says:

    We had a compny commander in 4/40 Armor at Ft. Carson back in the 80’s who lost a CEOI twice. They relieved him after the second one, everybody figured he was all done in the Army. Nope. He moved across the street to brigade headquarters and made him the COMSEC custodian for the entire 3d Brigade… If he’d been an enlisted guy they’d have put him under the jail. Good to see some things never change no matter how much time passes…

  9. Yef says:

    That COL is overweight. That’s all I need to know.

  10. 26Limabeans says:

    “Hurlburt Field”

    Oh great, God forbid he should lose track of a SPOOKY. Not your average box of grenades.

  11. C2Show says:

    Take it he is actually managing AFSOC Installations of CE and Security Forces. Actually a step up from 91st.

    • NECCSEBEECPO says:

      How is running Security and PRIMEBEEF Operations at an extremely small base and less troops a step up in command, just because it has the AFSOC title to it. He was in charge of the largest Airforce SF(Security Force)squadrons in the world. This is a down grade for his field.

  12. 5JC says:

    I have never seen a relieved commander get transferred to a greater area of responsibility. How does that read on the command bio?

    “After getting relieved of command he was then reassigned…”

    • NECCSEBEECPO says:

      How is it a grater area of responsibility, most of that area is training, yes AFSOC is HQD’s the biggest war Asset that is there would be the SPECTORS. I would think a base with NUCS on it would be higher up on food chain. He is in charge of the Security forces and PRIMEBEEF. The PRIMEBEEF assets are small at this base compared to “why not Minot” in short he is a glorified PWO (Public Works Officer). I would say that is a down grade from one, or used to be one of the most elite SF (Security Forces)units in the Airforce. He is not working in operations or in a operational AFSOC unit like everyone thinks and the way it looks in media. This is a smaller command because he is not actually in AFSOC, but base instillations command that falls under AFSOC. He was in Charge of all Security Squadrons responsible for ICBMS and PRIMEBEEF units at that facility.

      • Ret_25X says:

        still, to be relieved of command and then immediately placed back into command means there is something important missing to what we know here.

        It could be political (particularly after the bad press the AF got over the past several years for firing commanders based on how much people liked them), but it could also be that the ongoing investigation is pointing in a different direction.

        I’m interested to know what is really going on here…the AF will likely get skewered on this one no matter what they do, but they have a bad reputation on this front.

      • 5JC says:

        I see. Have to forgive my AF ignorance.

      • J.R. Johnson says:

        It could also be that they moved him to that command to get him away from anything important, and out of the public eye until his day in court. Considering he may have been read-on to some programs they want him to be away long enough to not know how things changed.

  13. Chip says:

    Typical of American culture. Perfect example why everything is going to hell.

  14. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    Well Jason, I guess you will have to grin and Beers it.

  15. MrBill says:

    I’ll bet he’s relieved! 😅

  16. Jeffro says:

    Might be an unknown back story to all this. Bait? Bait and switch? setup with a string? Strange things happen.

  17. Club Manager, USA ret. says:

    WAR STORY ALERT. As a WO1 I worked for an Aviation LTC serving as Installation Club Manager for the Army takeover of Wiesbaden (Brigade 76). We had several clubs and the two hotels. The sonovabitch would hit on our female entertainers and some staff using his position to get laid. He would tell his wife he was out checking clubs with me. I asked him to stop and when he didn’t, I reported his activities to the brigade commander. They arranged for me to move over to Mainz as Area Club Manager when I put on W2 with a good OER and the Army promoted him to full bird and eventually shipped his sorry ass someplace.

  18. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Maybe they’re giving him one more chance to fuck up where they can cashier him regardless of the politicians he obviously knows and blows?

    • Mason says:

      Naw, he’ll check a few more resume boxes with things like “Responsible for $xxx million of government equipment and thousands of personnel” and slide right into a civil service job, in the high GS, maybe even ES, paygrades.

      Heck, he might even be running a VA hospital in a couple years. No matter how much you fart that up, it seems like nobody ever gets fired. 🙂

  19. Smaj says:

    Based on that photo, it appears COL Beers certainly enjoys his beers and hasn’t done any meaningful PT since he was a company grade. As stated above, I see a bright future in the VA for him.

  20. Dustoff says:

    He’s in for a hard life. Air Conditioned office, attractive GS 14 secretary, and weekends at Pensacola Beach. Yeah…that’ll show ’em.

  21. Sorensen25 says:

    Jeez relax people he’s going to be in an admin support function, not in charge of any operators. Mention SOF anywhere and everybody loses their minds.

    • USAF RET says:

      Correct, Not a commander of anything or anyone. 1 SOW runs security forces at Hurlburt. This guy riding desk until he hits 3 years time in grade as O-6 then he reties.

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