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    Posted May 25, 2014 by
    Okinawa, Japan

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    Marine Corps - Violating My Rights


    After retiring from active duty, it was apparent my daughter would not receive valid recognition for completing her school year. This was also in conjunction with the fact that the Marine Corps was actively undermining my ability to find work.
    Because of this my wife and I felt it was in our best interest to stay on Okinawa for two months so our daughter could complete her education (3rd Grade).
    Ironically, I found a job through a contractor at the Naval Hospital on Camp Foster. This job maintained our SOFA status and provided a small income.
    Unfortunately Lieutenant Colonel Reilly (3rd Intelligence Battalion's Commanding Officer) has made it his mission to damage any positive efforts I could make.

    Believe it or not, the commanding officer (LtCol Reilly) could have made even a modicum of an effort to have reacquired my security clearance.   Additional Note:  They (3rd Intelligence Battalion) knowingly delayed providing updated information during my attempts to reacquire my security clearance.

    I started working at the Naval Hospital on 01 May 2014. Every day was a great day at the hospital. The nurses were exceptional and we got along very well. Unfortunately, LtCol Reilly had demanded a response by 13 May 2014, regarding my wife and daughter’s tickets we were forced/coerced to purchase by LtCol Reilly.

    My Father (a physicist) had advised me to keep any replies short, clear, and concise. My wife concurred and so I replied by requesting their departure date be reset to 01 April 2015. With that being said, and since I am retired, I Cc’d Lieutenant General John E. Wissler (III MEF Commanding General).
    I soon received a reply that stated, since I contacted the General I have now severely jeopardized my situation and will soon be labeled (my family and I) as “illegal aliens”. Since I was working I asked my wife to call the LtCol who had written this e-mail (III MHG Executive Officer). My wife informed him of my employment status. Based on his new response, my wife delivered my employment letter to the Marine Corps administrative section (IPAC) on Camp Foster the following day.
    In less than 20 minutes after delivering the letter, LtCol Reilly had been sent the letter and then immediately turned around and called my supervisor. My supervisor, who was very agitated, then called me.  If I had not mentioned my contact with a U.S. Senator, my supervisor would have FIRED me on the spot.


    Basically, according to my supervisor, LtCol Reilly informed him of the following:


    - I (John Crandall) did not have a security clearance and had not since 2012.
    - My wife had tickets to depart Okinawa this coming weekend.
    - My wife had delivered paperwork to the management office.


    My question, why is the Commanding Officer (LtCol Reilly) taking such an active interest in a retired person’s life? He (LtCol Reilly) is in-charge of the entire Marine Corps intelligence collection apparatus on Okinawa.  Would not a commanding officer have better, more important things to do?


    Additional Note:  I had contacted the U.S. Consulate in Naha, Okinawa, Japan, about SOFA status.  They specifically stated, a U.S. service member would maintain SOFA status up to 60 days upon retiring and could gain an additional 60 days if the service member presented a valid excuse/argument.


    The following link is to my video explaining the situation:

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