December 7, 2009, - 10:55 am

Ex. Maj. Cockerham, Race & Affirmative Action in the Military

By Debbie Schlussel

More than two years ago, I wrote about then-Army Major John Cockerham and allegations he accepted bribes from a Muslim Michigan immigrant, Megde “Mike” Ismail, who was representing Middle Eastern contractors and sought war-related contracts with the U.S. Army.


John Cockerham & Gloria Davis:

US Army Gave Them Everything, They Threw It Away

At the time I wrote about it, I was unaware of Maj. Cockerham’s race, nor would I think it was important or at all relevant, had I known.  But Wall Street Journal reporter Joel Millman points out that ex-Maj. Cockerham is Black and is part of a large ring of Black current and former military men and women who solicited and took kickbacks and bribes and/or who received coveted U.S. military contracts because of this network.

This isn’t about Blacks in the military, who have served throughout America’s history with great honor, courage, and heroism.  This is about affirmative action and minority contracting set-asides.  Whenever you promote people or award contracts based on race, minority status, ethnicity, gender, or anything else that isn’t merit, you promote a sense of entitlement, and inevitably, corruption.  I believe the same thing–the same corruption–would occur if people were awarded these military promotions and contracts based on their being Jewish, or Irish, or Italian, or German in heritage.

But those groups don’t get those privileges.  They have to earn their way in the U.S. military and elsewhere, and must compete against minorities who get these privileges based on race.

A former Army major was sentenced to a 17½-year prison term on corruption charges in Wednesday in San Antonio, signaling the beginning of the end of a far-reaching Iraq War corruption probe.

As part of the probe, a growing cadre of career soldiers has confessed to siphoning millions of dollars from defense contracts in Iraq and Kuwait. The investigation into their spree already has led to the indictments of five U.S. military officers, with another dozen expected to follow.

U.S. District Judge W. Royal Furgeson’s order that former Maj. John Cockerham pay $9.6 million in restitution — money federal investigators say he collected from steering contracts to favored suppliers — speaks to the breadth of the conspiracy, which allegedly lasted for years as officers rotated in and out of the war zone. Mr. Cockerham, the ringleader, and his co-conspirators allegedly installed replacement officers to work as bag men in their absence. They expected the bag men to collect as much as $5.4 million in kickbacks from contracts worth over $110 million, according to court documents.

So far, three former Army majors and one lieutenant colonel have pleaded guilty to money-laundering, bribery and other charges. Another major is awaiting trial, while sentencing of former Maj. Christopher Murray is slated to occur in Georgia in two weeks.

Two others have entered not-guilty pleas. A Justice Department spokeswoman says former Sgt. Terry Hall and Maj. Eddie Pressley are due to go on trial in April. . . .

Unlike the allegations of violence that dogged security contractor Blackwater USA, the case of the Cockerham crew spools out more like Sidney Lumet’s films about corruption in big-city police departments. Bribes and kickbacks allegedly involved relatively routine contracts to provide drinking water, laundry and latrine services to military bases, awarded by a small group of officers who seemed to be barely supervised by senior officers.

Almost every suspect comes from the same background: African-Americans who rose from childhood poverty to successful military careers.

In 2005, the Army’s Criminal Investigations Division heard about improper ties between Gloria Davis, a 45-year-old major, and Kuwait-based Lee Dynamics International, a contractor run by a retired African-American soldier named George Lee. LDI allegedly provided gifts to Maj. Davis, and put her son on its payroll. LDI also sent regular cash payments to bank accounts opened for Maj. Davis in Asia.

Maj. Davis had come a long way from Portageville, Mo., where she bore a daughter at age 16. A single mother, she thrived during an 18-year military career, completing a master’s degree and serving on bases world-wide.

On December 11, 2006, CID agents met Maj. Davis at Camp Victory in Baghdad’s Green Zone to ask about $225,000 found in her offshore accounts. Sometime after midnight, the CID investigators escorted Maj. Davis to her quarters, agreeing to resume debriefing next morning. Before dawn, she used her own sidearm to commit suicide.

Within days, CID agents were searching the quarters of her colleague, Maj. Cockerham. Eventually, they seized enough evidence to start building a case against officers at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.

Since then, reams of court documents from overlapping cases reveal a pattern of corruption. Army contracting officers, almost all of them African Americans, reached out to African-American businessmen, seeking bribes in exchange for contracting deals.

By the time investigators were closing in, the Cockerham scheme allegedly had spread to new players, minority contractors launched by retired African-American soldiers who already had been vetted by the Pentagon. Maj. Cockerham allegedly hoped to harvest future bribes from them.

I’m surprised that Joel Millman and his Wall Street Journal editors had the guts to report on the racial element here.  But I’m glad they did.  Kudos to them for defying the political correctness that usually dictates editing that part out of mainstream media reports.  Again, it’s not about race per se.  It’s about the privileges awarded to a certain race solely based on race and nothing else.  And it’s time to end it, in order to end the corruption.

There’s an old saying that to whom much is given, much is expected. But I see it the other way around. Those to whom much is given, expect much more. When members of a a group are given entitlements, they feel they are entitled.

It’s that simple.

(Please, no racist comments. This isn’t about race. It’s about race-based and ethnic-based preferences, which can corrupt anyone.)

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33 Responses

Miss Schlussel, Et Alii:

Having “been there, done that”, I can tell you it is indeed all about race.

Actually, it might be far bigger than that, since what we’ve been experiencing is a classic Marxist tactic of divide and conquer, by exaggerating and aggravating legitimate or perceived injustices in order to eventually destroy the entire system.

During my years in the United States Army, we were repeatedly plagued with violent racial incidents and racial polarization, frequently aggravated by official Army policies.

Embarrassing factual reports were generally suppressed, which only further compounded rampant rumor mongering throughout the ranks.

Blacks (and by the way, they are NOT “African-American”) were given preferential treatment.

On multiple occasions, I witnessed major infractions for which a White soldier would have been subjected to military justice, but which was ignored when committed by Black soldiers.

Official policies tied the hands of frustrated White officers and NCOs, so discipline fell apart, and troop morale sank.

This all went on during and following the Viet Nam War, so there were several other major contributing factors in addition to race, but the detrimental influence of race can not and should not be ignored.

You referenced a “single mother”, who bore a child when she was sixteen years old, someone who, traditionally, would never have been permitted to wear an Army uniform, due to her demonstrated lack of morality.

Thanks to forced racial integration, accompanied by the so-called “Civil Rights Movement”, all public institutions, including the United States Army, were compelled to rewrite all of their rules, effectively lowering all standards of literacy, civility, courtesy, personal appearance, and morality, in order to accommodate the Blacks.

The ultimate result, after all these decades and generations, is a lowering of standards for all of society, regardless of race.

The skewed deleterious impact is still visible even today, all around me, here at the Old Soldiers’ Home and in the ruins of a Third World war zone that is contemporary Washington, D.C.

Aside from all this, I would like to explain why I object to anyone misusing the term, “African American”.

First of all, just because they’re Black, doesn’t mean they were born in Africa, or even that they’re American.

Many Blacks here in Washington, D.C. emigrated from Africa, and are not yet citizens of the United States of America.

There is also friction between genuine African Americans and American Blacks, because the conduct of American Blacks reflects negatively on all Blacks everywhere.

Many of the Blacks from Africa are more moral and better educated than American Blacks.

Many true African Americans are WHITE, refugees from persecution in Rhodesia, South Africa, or other African nations, who are now American citizens.

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee on December 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    In response to John comments,you sound like you have all the knowledge to explain who should be called and African American or not.As a black man I am just that I am a American first that happens to be black.
    This basic of this artice is about inappropiate use of our Govt. funds. I will tell you that no matter who does this is very wrong,I happen to know some of these folks,all are good people but they were 100 percent wrong in what they have done.
    But for some of you to take this moment to vent about how you have been treated wrongly by the system and blacks you should be ashamed,but if I as a Black man would bring up the fact that blacks just was allowed to go to colleges in the 60’s and how much we have been and still being deprived of you would not want to go there with that conversation.
    Also there is a list of folks that are up on charges of these same illegal actions,must I bust your bubble and tell you that only 12percent was Black,guess the other 88percent.

    So please we all as citizens can complain about white folks black folks,but whats the use.

    Ihad a young black kid ask me one day,he said “why are some whites angry at blacks when they were the ones who have treated us bad from SLAVERY to DISCRIMINATION and many other things,I had to agree with him but I also told him that hatered is in every race. Like President Obama said it’s time for a CHANGE.

    TWCmxwkj on December 17, 2009 at 5:20 am

All the stuff Mallernee wrote in his essay are dead on. I too experienced the bite of being white. Flight chiefs dolling out the best assignments to gang banging security police was common. One flight chief in particular zeroed in on whites for extra duty assignments as well. I had to teach a class on responding, clearing a building an alarm had gone of on. I was an E-2. An airman teaching a class was pretty insane given the fact I had never even done it in real life at that point, teaching it to cops with 20 years in. Blatant harassment. Differing standards, not in writing of course was common as well. The cherry on top was the organization called “Social Actions” which was manned by all blacks and dealt with complaints of discrimination. A fellow cop and his wife were attacked in the NCO club by several blacks in 1990 at a base in England called Greenham Common. He was given the third degree by Social Actions staff and had to have them rewrite his report several times because they didn’t want it to sound so bad. The military reaps what it sows.

Joe on December 7, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Gosh, I guess its a good thing no white people ever got kickbacks for contactors *cough*halliburton*coughcough.

Snax on December 7, 2009 at 2:04 pm

snax, bla, bla, bla. stay focused lil fella.

Joe on December 7, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Oh, BTW Debbie, I like how after you specificly tell your readers not to make racist comments, the FIRST comment is a racist rant. Couldn’t even make it one damn comment!

Snax on December 7, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Hey snax
feeling a little left out our we?? suck it up buttercup!

Drakken on December 7, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Here we go…another racial rant from Mr. Mallernee that does little to address the post Ms. Schlussel wrote. Yes Mr. Mallernee, all the negative incidents with Blacks in the military you claim you saw just had to be the fault of the Black soldiers….people with racial attitudes like yours had absolutely nothing to do with it, right? And I still can’t believe in the year 2010, there are still people like you who complain about the integration of the military. No, our Armed Forces have issues and are not a paradise, but by most accounts, we have the finest fighting force in the world.

And I suppose kickbacks and corruption involving the military didn’t exist before this case, right? This case is such a shame….years of service wiped out because of the lust for money instead of acting with integrity. Yes, race is definitely involved in this case, but when millions are on the table, it’s even more about the money and human greed. But for the Jesse Jacksons and John Mallernees of the world, it will always be about race.

Mac-B on December 7, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Actually, it is totally about race because only select races are given the set asides, the leg-up, the evening of the playing field–whatever you want to call it.

    This is precisely why they hang on to their victim status for dear life.

    lexi on December 7, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Could these black thieves also be racist because they didn’t let whitey in on the scam?

Jarhead on December 7, 2009 at 5:50 pm

I also thought that Odopey was going to eliminate racial tensions in the U.S. We need to get rid of affirmative action, racial quotas and other PC nonsense and let MERIT decide who gets ahead. Who wants to own a company where everybody is rated equally, where no one excels or fails? Or do you want a company where you have people who excel, bring profits to their company and get rewarded for their efforts?

Jarhead on December 7, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Why would Obongo want to get rid of racial tensions? that’s how he got elected and why no one is bold enough to challenge him on his destructive policies.

DS_ROCKS! on December 7, 2009 at 8:00 pm

My two older sisters and I are “white”. We were raised during the 1950’s in a loving military family, by wonderful “white” parents who were intolerant of racial intolerance. We learned that many people throughout this world weren’t born with the advantages we had. As a result, we tended to “walk a mile” in the shoes of whomever our instincts were telling us to hate. I’ll just wrap things up by saying this: I’m profoundly thankful that I wasn’t born with brown skin in this country.

trout mask replica on December 7, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Trout: Old timer lefties use that tired, inane argument: “I wouldn’t want to be black in this country.”

    Who said anything about hate? You’re the only one. Did you mean to say that? Are you atoning for your hateful thoughts?

    lexi on December 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm

@lexi – Nein, mein Gruppenführer! Just sayin’, is all! 🙂

trout mask replica on December 7, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Yeah, like any other closet bigot. Have fun on Stormfront.

    sorrow01 on December 8, 2009 at 1:00 am

The practice of minority set-asides is very well established and well known and developed (or exploited) in the more affluent Black community, such as a number of families who summer in the greater Circuit Avenue area of Martha’s Vineyard. That’s part of the reason the Obama’s went there this summer — although their is an animus between the Obama’s and the old timey MOB (minority owned business) families. The Obama’s were there to show ’em up, in a way.

It is not just in military contracting, also in universities-academia and railroads — both of which industries have been very heavily regulated by the Federal government since the onset of such set-asides in the sixties.

bvw on December 7, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Wow great to know that corruption never existed in the military until those awful tanned people brought it in. Tell the victims of churchill that perhaps. As a member of a second generation military family I can tell Mallernee and Joe are full of crap. Debbie you should be ashamed of falling for this nastiness when jewish soldiers were treated like crap for decades.

Y: Uh, not sure what the treatment of Jewish soldiers in the military has to do with Black soldiers ripping the military off . . . unless it’s the same old “blame the Jews.” My father and many other members of my family proudly served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, and they got everywhere in the military based on merit, not ethnicity. Nothing was handed to them, unlike the corrupt soldiers I wrote about in this post, who all got special treatment and preferences based solely on their race. DS

yoyo on December 8, 2009 at 12:03 am

Halliburton, It’s subsidiaries, got NO-BID contracts, which are illegal, worth Billions of $$$…Blackwater’s CEO is the son of the Michigan Elect W for President Chairman and an evangalist, W Bush went to Yale as a “legacy” which is nothing more than affirmative action for rich white guys…if someone breaks the law, they are a law breaker.

Just like when W had his lawyers (Addington, Yoo, et al) attempt to paint a legal face on breaking domestic laws and international treaties on the ban on torture, ESPECIALLY since it’s a very unreliable and inefficient way to gather information. But the idiots called US voters think We should apply the laws just like Rush says: every drug addict should go to prison…except me.

VeritasAmore on December 8, 2009 at 12:14 am

    So, by your feeble logic Major Cockerham and others were “entitled” to engage in criminal conduct due to past racism that they never themselves experienced? By the way, Haliburton and Blackwater are private sector companies, and not soldiers. In addition, these companies have faced civil and criminal prosecution, so no one got away with anything. Tu quo que arguments are the most insipid ones. Also, the soldiers referred to in this article were given special treatment in the areas of promotion and assignments, due to affirmative action. In return for this “leg-up”, these soldiers stole from their employer and by extensions taxpayer. That is not only criminal, but the most callous act of ingratitude. These soliders failed their country, fellow soldiers(black and otherwise)as well as just themselves.

    sorrow01 on December 8, 2009 at 12:59 am

Well, except for the whole part about how Blackwater contractors ocassionally ran around Iraq shooting innocent people and Maj Cockerham and his cronies were embezzeling funds, your comparison of the two cases is completly valid……

Sean on December 8, 2009 at 3:35 am

    Sean, do you actually read what people post? McCokerham and the others listed were “soldiers”, and not private contractors. Also, please show me where I was excusing the conduct of private contractors? Please review this quote:”In addition, these companies have faced civil and criminal prosecution, so no one got away with anything.” Are you one of those racists who thinks that one’s skin color is an excuse for criminal activity?

    Worry01 on December 8, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Love the yoyo’s and all the other libtard trolls who immediately go into defense mode for people who were stealing ALL of our tax money. I believe the context of this article was to show the irony of the military helping out blacks from disadvantaged homes turning and biting the very hand that generously fed them.
The following comments were illustrating how so many blacks took the first opportunity they had to screw over whitey in a similar fashion.
Get over your white guilt, you’ll be happier without it. I’m also not willing to allow Farrakhan followers a free pass because they are black.

Joe on December 8, 2009 at 9:56 am


Oh, so when Whites engage in corruption, it’s because of moral failure and greed. But when Blacks engage in corruption, it’s all to “screw over whitey” as you put it. I suppose the $5.4 MILLION in kickbacks had nothing to do with their atrocious behavior. In this paranoid “they’re out to get us” world, Black people are not subject to the same human shortcomings of greed, corruption, and sin as everyone else…they do everything just to “get whitey”.

When it comes to blacks, I love how some people all of sudden can become expert psychologists and acribe behavioral motives that fit into their own worldview…

Ms. Teek on December 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm

PPSSSSSTTTT Shaun,, military contractors don’t shoot so-called innocent civilians for shits and giggles, when muzzy terrorists hide behind so-called innocent civis and shoot at you, they get shot for aiding and abetting muzzy terrorists,, so glad i could clear that up for ya!
As for Gloria Davis,, she was the only one to own up too her actions, and she rightfully did the honorable thing and fell on her sword. Saved the tax payers a truckload of cash.

Drakken on December 8, 2009 at 2:48 pm

So now people are leaving comments that include Halliburton and Blackwater. Typical of lefties to avoid a question by deflecting the subject matter totally or by bringing up a dissimilar topic. This was a discussion about people who get gov’t entitlements and how they abuse it.

How could I forget. This is all Boooosh’s fault. Bush made these thieves do it. Bush even helped them do it. (sarcasm off)
I just wanted to beat the commie libs to the punch before they started to blame Bush for this too. We of course know that if Odopey speaks about this situation, we will blame Bush.

Jarhead on December 8, 2009 at 3:32 pm

When the first Gulf War occurred back in 1989, the only General you say at the fore-front was Gen. Colin Powell, in case Americans were against the war like in Vietnam. When America showed its support for our troops only then did you see Gen. Swartzkopf giving speeches and stradegy meetings.
After the Gulf War Swartzkopf recieved all the praise and credit, plus only he was knighted by the queen, Colin was all but forgotten. I mention this because it shows a pattern of the Bush family and their treatment and disrespect of African-Americans. They use them till their usefulness has been fullfilled then they toss them out have them arrested for the higher-ups crimes. Minorities are only scpe-goats to these assholes.
For exmaple, Bush-1 was in charge of the CIA inthe 70’s who helped create all the despots we’re fighting today. He helped bring to power, Saddam Huessain, Manuel Noreiga and Kadaffi, and probably many more. Now all they were treated once Bush-1 came to power.
Now fast-forward to Bush-2 remember the former attorney General Gonzalez was allowed to take blame for the lawyer firing scandal. Many more I can’t remember at this time except Condelezza Rice, for some reason she was spared although still seen as relatively incompetent.
These soldiers all African American were put in place to take the fall. When sopenas are handed out it looks as though theres a crackdown on corruption of alot of black soldiers, but look deep-down and tell me you believe of all the millions to be made only a few blacks prospered instead of a cadre of white billionaires behind the scenes stole most of the money and are now living quite comfortably in Belize, Austrailia or Africa.
Deb, as your old freind use to play that clip on the radio, “WAKE UP WHITE PEOPLE” the Bush family use race as an atom bomb and it works every time because you poeple all have that deep-seeded hatred just under the surface that you keep close to the vest ready to strike at any moment. One day Debs’ I hope you shave that thin moustache over your lip and treat all races as equal.

seahawker on December 11, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Remember when there was tons of cash found in Saddams palaces, where did that money go. Remember how Bush-2 at every fiscal quarter sent money to Africa in the billions for Aids research and to save the children. Do you really believe George W. Bush gives a damn about anyone in Africa. You people need to really do your researc and read betwwen the lines, maybe then it will be a little more difficult for the politicians and the media to pull your racist bent so easily to cover up their malfiescance.

seahawker on December 11, 2009 at 7:41 pm

The things that the officers in your article have done is a terrible blight on all officers who serve, black or white. officers as well as all enlisted persons and public officials are held to a higher standard than the general population. The people who compose the military come from the general population and many have their issues. Those issues are no excuse to steal.
I do challenge your assertation that the majority of people involved were black in these scandels. Where are you getting your facts? There have been a number of civilians, enlisted and officers black, white, asian and others who have been caught and convicted for contracting scandels from Iraq and not all of their transgressions made the papers. All of the persons involved have absolutly not all been black. I don’t think even the majority were if you track and add it up. The two high ranking Airforce (white but shouldn’t matter) officers caught up in these scandels killed themselves to save face. Their dishonor is also terrible for all involved. These two men from the Airforce have been written about in articles in the Washington post, but have not been given the amount of attention as the whole Cockerham scheme, because I think the sheer dollar value of his transgressions make his story more noteworthy and heinous. There was also a mention that one of the Airforce officers might have actually been killed, instead of committing suicide, by contractors concerned he would spill the beans on them. You would think a bigger issue would have been made of this, but the blame and attention is being placed on African Americans from Poor backgrounds. Bait and Switch to draw attention away from the real thieves. I recommend you all dig a little deeper to seek the truth on this because you are not working with the facts, just someones opinion. A whole lot of people allowed greed to overtake their senses and there were not all Black or African American. Also, Set-asides are important in government contracts to ensure that the money is spread around and not concentrated in the hands of only large coorperations. Set-aside is not just minorities you have; women owned, native american, veteran(can be caucasian), hispanic and others. The endstae is an attempt to be fair to everyone, but we are not there yet.

Bodine on February 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Hi..My name is Melissa Hill. I have met John Cockerham. Been to his house in Texas. Met his wife (Melissa). Met their kids. Oh so sad.. Thank GOD!! Obviously he (GOD) was by my side all the way through this ordeal.. Megde (Mike) Ismail was my boyfriend at the time.. I had my life together and doing really well for myself. I had a beautiful hair/tanning salon. UNTIL I met Mike. His families store was next to my salon. That is how we met. I thought that it was love. Been together for a couple years. Stayed together through all the family fighting because neither side wanted us together. Was great. Good time. He asked me to go to Kuwait with him for vacation for a couple weeks. I was so stressed out at the time that I really didn’t care where I went. Just as long as it was away from all the drama and fighting. So I decided to go. I closed my salon. Sold everything in 2 days. Cheap. tanning beds/wet stations, everything. I just wanted out. I was on a plane the next day. To Reno, Nevada. Where he wanted me to meet him. I didn’t know anything about anything at that time. He met me in Reno a couple days later. Still didn’t know what was going on. Just excited about being away from the stress. He payed for everything while we were on our 5 week road trip. I didn’t say anything about the money situation at that time. But then I started asking him about all the banks we were stopping at, why all the money transfers. He didn’t like all the questions. Then to Kuwait we went. Once we got to the hotel. His whole attitude changed with me. I was in Kuwait 2 weeks by myself. Only seen Megde (Mike)once after we had checked into the hotel. Told me that he had to go to work in Jordan and that he would see me in a couple days. HMMM!!! Imagine that. He never came back for me. Now that I know about the money laudering. He had committed a murder over there also.He’s still there I guess. I am the one that should be talking about race. But you know what? I’ll just let GOD handle it and leave it in his hands. So anyone that wants to talk about black/white/arabic. Come to me. I’ve had all the races (I’m white) screw me over. So if I was you I would just be nice to everybody and don’t judge. You do not know who is who anymore. Believe me.. They all deserve what is coming to them..

Melissa Hill on March 6, 2010 at 5:19 am

What about all of the blacks or african-americans who have served honorably in the military and who have never compromised their integrity? news flash for you internet racist…….every black person isn’t a criminal or a swindler. i know that’s news to most of my fellow white readers. did anyone ever think that maybe there is good and back in every race? i guess we white ppl think we are so high and mighty and none of us ever do any wrong. most of us are living a lie.

Eric on October 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm


What should only matter was they assumed a new identity – that of a United States Military Officer with the highest code of ethics to uphold and they instead showed they were no more deserving of that title than a common theif on a street corner in Oakland, California.

The lawyer on Camp Arifjan says that “We don’t look at them as though they ever were in the military ” I bet that Germany would like to say that Hitler never was a German either. The stigma that spawned the still-worst contracting agency and by far still ( FEB 2013 ) most corrupt Agency is the Army. Standing up the Army Contracting Command did nothing. Look at the latest GAO Protest that had to be filed because their lazy contracting officers could not repair the wrong solicitation posted. These contracting officers ( if you can even call them that ) are still steering contracts and posting solicitations on – that is until the latest GAO Protest finally got the Army to tell Arifjan to post on ASFI where all the rest of the Army contracting officer post. Their days of posting for 3 days and having site visits BEFORE the solicitation comes out are over. Circumventing the Competition in Contracting Act, which is what text messaging away low bid information and kickbacks is by the way is still a practice that continues on Camp Arifjan and until all warrants are removed from the Army overseas, the corruption will continue because it is in their DNA. The Air Force has prosecuted contracting officers at Ali Al Salem because they couldn’t begin to find their own shadow let alone a scheme like Cockerham’s. The same contractors operated at the USAF base that are in MAJ John Cockerham’s ledger book. Future Services and KMS. Look on the Future Services or KMS tab of Read the 2008 newspaper that we read by a translator to Colonel Alexander. General Joe Bass was at Arifjan and a Colonel over MAJ Cockerham and the Army went and promoted him and sent him back to the scene of the crimes. Under his leadership, there is an IG Report in 2011 that states that Rock Island and Camp Arifjan circumvented the Competition in Contracting Act by $ 1 Billion. $ 1 Billion that wasn’t fairly competed and that was 3 years POST MAJ John Cockerham. The lawyers at the base now don’t assist in indicting these contracting officers for steering contracts – they just send them on their way. THE ONLY SOLUTION TO CORRUPT ARMY CONTRACTING OFFICER IS TO REMOVE ALL THEIR WARRANTS ACROSS THE COMMAND. THE RESPONSIBILITY SHOULD BE IN THE HANDS OF DCMA AND CENTRALIZED. Small Business set-aside and the mandatory spending of money with American companies ONLY is another solution. No foreign companies should be bidding alone on contracts. They should only be in a teaming agreement where the responsibility and the law that applies to Americans can be a factor in eliminating the payment of bribes. NO FOREIGN COMPANY OWNER THAT PAID BRIBES HAS GONE TO JAIL IN KUWAIT. So, the anti-kickback Act and gratuities clauses of the FAR are ineffective. Shut down Camp Arifjan. It is a black eye to Americans. Remove contracting from the Army – OUR INTEGRITY is too valuable to leave it entrusted to the hands of inept, corrupt, and uneducated constracting officers. I have just seen the latest examples of the Army desperately trying to make contracting officers out of enlisted. What a joke. GySgt Shane D. Oltman and SFC Matthew Tally using Gmail to conduct solicitations and awarding an EOD Hook and kit to a Computer Supply Company while they said a General Trading Company’s bid was never received – THAT is a GAO Level Protest now. These 2 jokers would not give a written debriefing and instead said file an FOIA. No, I file GAO Level Protest and shine a light right on the corruption and publish on Scribd and The Army Contracting Command has gone no where and it should be taken down.

here is an example of the Army Contracting Command with the assistance of CACI and their work product 5 years POST MAJ JOHN COCKERHAM what a joke

Keven Barnes on February 27, 2013 at 11:13 am

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