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Bush photographed Wearing Air Force Award He Didn't Earn
By John Byrne
A closer examination of a photograph included in President George W. Bush's Air Force records, released by the White House earlier this year, shows then-Second Lieutenant Bush wearing an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award which he never earned.
Originally posted by Gools
Can never rule out photoshop in this day and age eh?
Sometimes I don't know what to believe anymore.
Look at how the wings cover the wrinkles of the suit and seem just a little too clean and bright.
IAW AF Instruction 36-2803, THE AIR FORCE AWARDS AND DECORATIONS PROGRAM
All assigned or attached people who served with a unit during a period for which a unit award was awarded are authorized the appropriate ribbon if they directly contributed to the mission and accomplishments of the unit.
Additionally, there isn't a "temporary" wear of AF Outstanding Unit Awards for AF personnel.
So to finally solve the mystery of the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, I contacted the Air Force History support Organization. I requested all dates of all awards of the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award received by the 147th Fighter Intercept Group and the 111th Fighter Intercept Squadron. The answer I received was shocking. This unit had received this award only once. The dates of the award are as follows quoting directly from the source at the AFHSO:
147th Fighter Interceptor Group AFOUA 1 Oct 73-30 Sep 75 DAFSO GB 164/77
111 Fighter Interceptor Squadron AFOUA 1 Oct 73-30 Sep 75 DAFSO GB 164/77
This states explicitly that the units received the Air force Outstanding Unit Award for the time period from October 1, 1973 to September 30, 1975. George W. Bush’s discharge date from the 111th FIS and the 147th FIG was October 1, 1973. Clearly, these units did not receive an award of the AFOUA until after George W. Bush had been discharged, and well after the date the photograph in question was taken.
This means, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that George W. Bush was photographed wearing a ribbon he clearly did not earn.
Originally posted by dreamlandmafia
Its not the wings...the Metal is the little rectangle one on the left...the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Originally posted by Jonna
He is wearing a presidency that he did not and has not earned so why should a medal be any different?
Originally posted by slank Grady you are a Bush apologist.
Originally posted by slank
Grady you are a Bush apologist. When Bush does something it is 'an honest mistake' , but with Kerry it is some insidious plot hatched decades ago for his political career..
Originally posted by Byrd
It sounds like his UNIT won the award, and as a member of the unit he had the "right" to wear the unit medal... whether or not he contributed to it. Given the text of the notes revealed today (notes revealing that pressure was being put on unit commanders to give Bush a good rating in spite of their wanting to suspend him for being derelict to duty) I think this may be the case.
The unit won the medal while Bush was ... on vacation somewhere.
Originally posted by 27jd
And Grady, it is true, you do go out of your way to defend Bush, why? He weaseled his way out of the war you were brave enough to serve in, and although John Kerry also served, you hate him for speaking out against the war, but seem to admire, or at least support a man wo used his family status to avoid the war, and what about Cheney's defferments? Why do you defend these cowards?
Originally posted by 27jd
The article states this award was given AFTER Bush was discharged, and the picture taken LONG before the medal was awarded to that unit.
The Air Force Historical Research Service Organization confirmed that the 147th Fighter Intercept Group and the 111th Fighter Intercept Squadron received an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for the time period of 1965-1966, two years before Bush joined the service.