The Washington Post reported that Colonel Martin P. Schweitzer, then deputy commander for operations for the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C., “masturbated” three times in 2 hours after meeting with Congresswoman Renee L. Ellmers – who he described in a email with other senior military officers as “smoking hot.”
Parts of the email read as follows:
“First — she is smoking hot,” Schweitzer wrote. “Second — briefing went well . . . she was engaging . . . had done her homework. She wants us to know she stands with us and will work/push to get the Fort Bragg family resourced.”
(Summary of the meeting by Colonel Schweitzer in an e-mail to a superior officer, Maj. Gen. James Huggins.)
The shocking revelation came after the Washington Post filed for a Freedom of Information Act request – which they eventually got, but only after the Army heavily “censured the most offensive email in its entirety, citing personal privacy interests.”
Also of note was the fact that the Army “redacted Ellmer’s name and all references to her position as a member of Congress”, according to the Post (Source: Military brass, behaving badly: Files detail a spate of misconduct dogging armed forces” http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/military-brass-behaving-badly-files-detail-a-spate-of-misconduct-dogging-armed-forces/2014/01/26/4d06c770-843d-11e3-bbe5-6a2a3141e3a9_story.html).
The story highlights how the army tried its best to cover up the incident.
It should be noted that the Colonel Schweitzer was also assigned to the Joint Staff at the Pentagon at the time of the incident.
I called the Pentagon press office for comment – they refused that request.
I also asked for a list of the recipients who Colonel Schweitzer emailed those comments about the Congresswoman being “smoking hot” and was declined.
As far as we know the list of senior military officers who the colonel sent that email too has never been revealed, but was rumored to include at least 4 other senior level commanders associated with the 82nd Airborne Division. None of whom came forward with information to investigators at the time or had any concern about the inappropriateness of the email communication at the time.
Again the Pentagon had “no comment” in connection with the report and adamantly refused to discuss the situation with what it called “unauthorized members of the press.”