Because you’ll be mandatorily retired this year …

Congress says that your service can be extended beyond your 65th birthday if it is in the public interest.  Of course, they were too busy to bother listing down what constitutes “public interest;” and since nobody wants to bother finding out what that exactly means, and no transparent guidelines happen to be available on it, you need to get out no later than the last day of the month when you turn sixty and five. 

Oh, it doesn’t matter whether you have a month left on your tour or a few months; you get chuck out the airlock as soon as you hit the magic number. Tsk! Tsk! Tsk!

We can’t really tell where AFSA sits on this issue but we happen to think that this is quite cruel, especially after years of exemplary service to our country.  It’s not as if a few months staying on to fully conclude a tour of duty can really significantly impact the promotion of fresher blood within the Service.  It makes folks think that — well,  65=airlock. 65, airlock, 65, airlock. Yea, you get it?  A great feeling I’m sure to be treated like a dish rag …   

Since there are no Hallmark cards that can quite express the sentiments of this life changing event, we thought we’d make a series of ecards just for this special occasion.  First one below.  It’s a way to show how we really, truly, appreciate your talents and experience and service to this country. 

We are happy to entertain other sentiments for additional ecards that you can send to yourself and your friends.  But don’t send these ecards to political appointees; they all have the anti-airlock device. As far as we know, they all are unchuckable at 65. Unchuckable, that is — until the next election!


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Policy of Hiring Private Military Contractors Goes to Court


The father and stepmother of a private security contractor who was abducted in Iraq, held for ransom and later beheaded have sued the State Department in the hope to “put on trial the country’s policy of hiring private military contractors to fight its wars.”

From redding.com:

Mark Munns of Anderson said in an interview Wednesday that the suit was filed in hopes of learning what U.S. officials know about the abduction and what steps they took to find his son, Joshua Munns, and the other men abducted with him.

“We would like to get as close to truth as we can,” Munns said.

Joshua Munns, then 23, was with four other private security contractors when they were taken hostage after the convoy they were guarding was ambushed by a group of masked, armed men at a fake checkpoint near the southern Iraq city of Safwan.

Mark and Christa Munns are joined in suit, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, by the family members of two of the other abducted contractors, John Cote and John Young.

William Palmer, Munns’ Sacramento attorney, said the families hope to create “a standard of conduct” that protects other contractors “so they don’t find themselves in an Alamo situation, hopelessly surrounded by impossible odds.”

Palmer said that’s what happened to Joshua Munns on Nov. 16, 2006.

Read the whole thing here.

The lawsuit is filed against HRC in her capacity as Secretary of State and Jennifer Foo in her official capacity. Read the court filing below:

Munns et.al. vs. Clinton, Foo http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf?document_id=29237549&access_key=key-1gfaeptzpn1zgceakc9z&page=1&viewMode=list