Michigan National Guard v. Smock & Reed

This page contains a collection of documents related to the Smock and Reed cases. 

1. The anonymous letter.

The link below takes you to the anonymous letter that would set the stage for both Smock and Reed to be terminated. The letter is full of outlandish allegations and claims against numerous individuals who live and work in Grayling, Michigan. The Michigan National Guard never really bothered to determine who wrote the letter. You would think it would be important to try and determine who actually wrote the letter because in order to determine the motivation of the author(s) you must know who the author is/are. No one has ever come forward and admitted to writing the letter, but an educated guess based on an examination of the verbal and written testimony of the witnesses connected to this case points to one individual: Sharon Whitcher. She was the only witness whose verbal and written testimony matched the tone and resentment of the anonymous letter. Even the investigator, Colonel Scottie Doolittle, testified that he suspected Sharon Whitcher to be the author, yet for some reason he never thought it important enough to explore further. The truly shocking aspect of this entire case is that those in charge of the MI NG would allow the system to be manipulated in such a way as to tarnish and end not two but four distinguished careers all because a scorned employee had an axe to grind and apparently nothing better to do with her free time than collude with a handful of others, including Joel Mack, and fabricate allegations of wrongdoing in order to bring down the MATES. It's important to also note that the result of this anonymous letter was just the wrongful termination of four long-time members of the MI NG, it has also divided a town, ripped friendships apart, and has created undue financial hardships for the family members of those implicated by these false allegations. This is, by all intents and purposes, a black mark on the MI NG, as a whole. Shame on all those in leadership positions who have stood idly by and allowed this to take place, especially Major General Greg Vadnais, Colonel Gregory Durkac, and Lt. Colonel Scott Myers.

Anonymous Letter sent to US Army CID

 

2. 15-6 Investigation File

Vol 1 (57MB)

Vol 2 (36MB)

 

3. Proposed Discipline, Rebuttal, and Original Decision Documents

Below are the three primary documents associated with the disciplinary actions against Smock and Reed. What's important to note here is that the MI NG spent over 5 months investigating the allegations made by the anonymous letter, yet it took LTC Scott Myers less than 2 weeks to draft the termination proposals. In those 2 weeks he failed to interview a single witness, including the employees he was about to propose for termination. You would think that before someone in a leadership position decides to terminate a subordinate they would at least bring them in the office and ask 'hey, what do you have to say about this?' We suspect the reason Myers didn't even bother speaking with any witnesses is because he was directed to write the letters terminating the employees. In other words, the fix was in. Why do we suspect that? Because it's nearly impossible for Myers to claim that in 2 weeks he was able to not only review the entire case file but also decide what discipline was appropriate in not one but six different cases. That is a tall order for even the most experienced technician supervisor, not to mention someone with Myer's experience since he testified, under oath, that he had very little if any experience proposing discipline against technicians (Smock Day 1 Pg. 80).

If Myer's timeline doesn't convince you that the fix was in then perhaps this will. For Myers to accomplish what he claims he did in 2 weeks is possible, albeit improbable. In fact, I'll go out on a limb and say that in my expert opinion there is no way Myers did what he claimed he did, period. However, his boss, COL Durkac, would prove to be even more ridiculous in his claims. Once Durkac received the employee's rebuttals in hand he spent less than 48 hours to review the defense provided by each employee and to come to a final decision. Our rebuttals were submitted to his staff on 26 FEB 2014 at 4:42pm EST.  He met with each employee on 28 FEB 2014 right around noon time. You want to know something even more ridiculous? Durkac had the audacity to schedule the final decision meetings with the respective employees...BEFORE he even read their defense to the charges. When he was questioned under oath as to why the rush to judgment he claimed something to the effect that he was a fast reader.   

Joe Smock

Proposed Termination Letter - LTC Scott Myers - issued 12 FEB 2014

Employee Rebuttal - Mr. Ben Banchs - sent 26 FEB 2014

Original Decision - COL Greg Durkac - issued 28 FEB 2014

 

Renee Reed

Proposed Termination Letter - LTC Scott Myers - 12 FEB 2014

Employee Rebuttal - Mr. Ben Banchs - sent 26 FEB 2014

Original Decision - COL Greg Durkac - issued 28 FEB 2014

 

4. Colonel Scottie Doolittle's Investigation

Concerns About Conduct of Investigating Officer - Mr. Ben Banchs - sent 26 FEB 14

 

5. Administrative Hearing Transcripts

Joe Smock

Prehearing

Day 1

Day 2

Closing Statement

 

Renee Reed

Prehearing

Day 1 Vol 1

Day 1 Vol 2

Day 2 and Closing Statement

 

6. Appeal Hearing Findings and Recommendations

Smock

Reed

 

7. TAG Final Decision

Smock

Reed

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