The milbloggers across the country are uniting today to put out a question to all who read our blogs if anyone knows who this idiot is. The guy you see in the pic above and the ones below was spotted at George R. Brown Convention at the Annise Parker for Houston Mayor Victory Party on 12/12/2009.
This guy is such a fraud, it is not even funny. Let me start with that he portrays himself as a one-star general. Since he has a unauthorized soul-patch goatee, one could only assume he is retired. I am not an age-guessing expert, but I would bet a paycheck this guy is not 40 years old. As an infantryman the first thing I noticed after his goatee was that he has a CIB with two stars on it. The CIB or Combat Infantryman Badge is a coveted badge awarded only to those in the Infantry for performing the job of an infantryman in combat. The CIB is awarded based on periods. The period that covered Vietnam went all the way through Somalia in 1993. The next period was from 2001 through present. For this asshat to have a CIB with two stars means he had to have served in the war in Korea in the 1950s.
There are so many things wrong with this friggen idiot that I can’t even begin to count the ways. Besides the British parachutists wings, he also has SAS (Special Air Service) wings, US Jumpmaster Wings, HALO wings, Pathfinder Badge and Air Assault Wing. He also has not one, but TWO Distinguished Service Crosses. The DSC is the 2nd highest award behind the Medal of Honor. Then throw onto that two Silver Stars, at least one Bronze Star, at least one Purple Heart and then many, many other medals. This guy breaks the stolen valor act so many times it isn’t even funny.
What he is doing is a completely disrespectful to all of those who has served or are serving in uniform, regardless of branch and regardless of what awards anyone has. By wearing this uniform, he is ambassador of our military and all that it stands for. I will keep updating this posting through the day with the URLs of all the other blogs covering this waste of oxygen.
If you think you have a lead on who this guy is, please contact me at email@example.com
UPDATE #1and#5- Blogs that are covering that are part of this Pitchfork Brigade Action
CSI milbloggers — [Mrs Greyhawk]
Meet General Ballduster McSoulpatch — [This Ain’t Hell…]
Wanted for Stolen Valor — [A Soldier’s Perspective – Marcus]
Pitchfork Brigade, Stolen Valor Imposter Wanted — [Bouhammer]
Poseur Alert- Do you know this wanker? — [BlackFive – Uncle Jimbo]
Launch the ready pitchfork — [CDR Salamander]
Stolen Valor Scum – wanted! — [Hooah Wife]
Stolen Valor- Not even slick about it edition — [Bring the heat, Bring the Stupid]
Can you Identify this poseur? — [From my position… On the way!]
Do you Recognize This Man? — [Boston Maggie]
MilBlogs’ APB… — [Little Drops….. Into the pool of life]
Do you know this Brigadier? (Updated) — [Castle Argghhh!!!]
Just When You Thought Monday Couldn’t Get Any Crazier… — [The Sniper]
Do You Know This Asshat?… — [Exile in Portales]
Stolen Valor Alert — [Ace of Spades – LauraW.]
His LinkedIn Profile is http://www.linkedin.com/in/michaeltenzin
My good friend over at thisainthell.com has compiled a lot of the information about this a**hole. I am re-posting it here.
Male, 44, Domestic Partner, Houston, TX
Friends, Activity Partners
Singapore & Hamden, Connecticut!
U.S. Army, Purdue University, Stanford University, Samaya, Inc. (a dot.com start-up!)
Michael Patrickâ€™s URL:
Singapore American School, Attended 1969 – 1981, Class of 1981
Hamden High School, Attended 1981 – 1984, Class of 1984
Defense Language Institute (DLI), 1984-1985, German
Stanford University, Attended 1999 – 2005, Class of 2005, Ph.D., Bio-Psychology
Yale University, Attended 1997 – 1999, Class of 1999, Masterâ€™s Degree, Cognitive Psychology
Purdue University, Attended 1988 – 1993, Class of 1993, Bachelorâ€™s Degree, Psychology
Ask Me! www.myspace.com/budddha5
Not enough?Â How about his Linked In profile. I screen capped it all, so we good.
Current Presidential Affiliate, Houston Base of Operations at GeneWize Life Sciences
Past Linguist / Educator / Sports Psychologist at EF – Beijing Olympics 2008
Personal Security Detail at 110th United States Congress, 1st Session
0-5 / LTC at US Army
Bodyguard / Interpreter / Intelligence Officer at Department of Defense / Departmenf of the Army
Vice President of Asian Operations at Samaya, Inc.
Education Assumption University
John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School
Defense Language Institute
This is where it gets fun:
Personal Security Detail
110th United States Congress, 1st Session
(Government Agency; 501-1000 employees; Political Organization industry)
May 2007 â€” September 2007 (5 months)
PSD (Personal Security Detail) for a member of the U.S. Congress from the state of Texas.
Ah, life in politics! I just LOVE the longevity of it all.
0-5 / LTC
(Government Agency; 10,001 or more employees; USA; Military industry)
1984 â€” 2004 (20 years )
Been ALL around the world. I have seen the elephant.
Bodyguard / Interpreter / Intelligence Officer
Department of Defense / Departmenf of the Army
November 1984 â€” November 2004 (20 years 1 month)
Interpreter / Bodyguard: PSD (Personal Security Detail) for several different General Officers (0-7 thru 0-10) Speaker of 9 languages. Been ALL OVER the world. Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence Officer: Situation-specific Intelligence gathering and analysis. Advisor to the Commander-In-Chief (1995-1999) regarding S.E. Asian Affairs, with a specific focus on Thailand, Cambodia & Laos.
Vice President of Asian Operations
(Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Computer Networking industry)
July 1997 â€” February 1999 (1 year 8 months)
VP of Asian Operations. Facilitated meetings between our CEO, President, CFO, COO and Founder with SUN Microsystems, Microsoft, 3-COM, Nortel, Thai Government Agencies and the Thai Royal Family.
Damn, dude went from LTC to BG fast as shit didnâ€™t he? Must have seen the elephant and all that. Butâ€¦..How did he go from LTC to BG when he was working as VP of Asian Operations?
This is interesting:
Defense Language Institute
BA , German. Tested out of French, Italian & Thai , 1984 â€” 1985
Activities and Societies: 1985 Soldier Of The Year, U.S. Army – Defense Language Institute
Special Operation Forces w/ a speciality in Personal Protection Details, Intelligence and PSYOPS (Psychological Operations)
Soldier of the Year, eh? Thought he was an officer?
Well, he dresses like one. (Kidding) He is on far right.
After 20 years in the U.S. Army, I was forced to retire due to the â€œDonâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tellâ€ policy that forbids gay men and women from serving openly in the US Military.
At the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) Equality Ball at the Mayflower Hotel, those of us who have been a vocal force against this damaging and unconstitutional policy are quite confident that our new Commander-in-Chief President Barack Obama will sign an Executive Order to abolish the â€œDADTâ€ policy. Yes We Can!
Michael Patrick McManus, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, Retired
And, more withÂ shifting retirement dates. Donâ€™t you just love a blog swarm?
While stationed in Frankfurt, Germany in 1986, then-Sergeant McManus served as Then-General Colin Powellâ€™s personal bodyguard and interpreter; Sergeant McManus came out of the closet as a gay man in 1993 at a Memorial Weekend Requiem in San Francisco honoring the Unknown Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Soldiers
U.S. Army Captain Michael McManus revealed that General Colin Powell knew he was gay while McManus was serving as his personal bodyguard, and that it made no difference to the general. While stationed in Frankfurt, Germany in 1986, then Sergeant McManus served as Powellâ€™s bodyguard and interpreter, and it was during that time that Sgt. McManus â€œcame outâ€ to him, confiding to him that he was gay.
According to McManus, Gen. Powell, who was at that time the commander of the U.S. Army Fifth Corps, replied, â€œWhat do you want me to do about it? As long as youare doing your job well, that does not matter to me. And you are doing an excellent job.â€
Capt. McManus came out of the closet as a gay man publicly on Saturday May 29, 1993 at a Memorial Weekend Requiem in San Francisco honoring the Unknown Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Soldiers. The event was sponsored by the San Francisco Area chapter of the GLAAD and endorsed by many organizations, including the Alexander Hamilton Post of the American Legion.
McManus chose the San Francisco requiem event as the time to come out publicly because he â€œcan no longer be a part of an organization that promotes and supports such blatant discrimination. It is time for people to realize that sexual orientation is a fundamental part of a personâ€™s identity, just as being Asian or African-American.â€
Capt. McManus [in 1993] planned on being vocal about the militaryâ€™s gay and lesbian ban. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves and holds a top secret security clearance. Still fighting the â€œDonâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tellâ€ policy, Michael retired from the US Army in Feb. 2008 at the rank of LTC (Lieutenant Colonel).
Here are some more web traces of McManus