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    Posted July 20, 2010 by
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    Walter Reed Command Sergeant Major Stoney Crump "FIRED"


    A former command sergeant major at Walter Reed Army Medical Center  fired for allegedly faking his record and wearing unauthorized awards  and decorations faces military discipline for a series of bold  deceptions that span several years and multiple commands, according to  the charges against him.

    Sgt. Maj. Stoney N. Crump, the senior  enlisted adviser to the medical center’s brigade until May 17, twice  submitted official biographies that falsely claimed he attended a range  of elite schools including Ranger School, Sniper School, Special Forces  Assessment Course and Special Operations Combat Medic School, according  to the charging documents. He also claimed to have attended the exotic  Panamanian Jungle Warfare School, according to the documents.

    Between  March 2006 and April 2010, at Walter Reed and in Heidelberg, Germany,  where Crump served as the Army health center’s command sergeant major,  he is charged with repeatedly wearing 11 unearned awards and  decorations, including the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with an  Arrowhead device — an indication that he had made a combat jump into  Grenada, a deployment that appears nowhere in a summary of his 27-year  career that was released by Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox,  Ky.

    Crump worked for an actual Medal of Honor recipient, Col.  Gordon Roberts, the commander of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center  Brigade. Roberts relieved Crump for “unauthorized claim/wear” of honors  and insignia, according to Chuck F. Dasey, Walter Reed’s strategic  communications director.

    Crump could not be reached for comment.  Dasey said Crump is being represented by an attorney with Fort Belvoir  Trial Defense Services, where a representative declined to comment on  the case.

    Crump has been charged with violating three articles of  military law: failure to obey an order or regulation, Article 92; making  false official statements, Article 107, and Article 134, a general  provision covering conduct that brings discredit on the armed forces.

    James  Dale, the command sergeant major of the Army’s Sergeants Major Academy  at Fort Bliss, Texas, when Crump graduated in 2007, now retired, told  Army Times he did not remember Crump but suggested the NCO’s current  plight might serve as a cautionary tale.

    “I don’t know what  motivated this individual. It’s absolutely a breach of what we learn as  NCOs in the Army,” Dale said. “I don’t know what to say other than that  maybe someone about to make a bad decision might think again.”

    Crump’s apparent deceptions have shown up beyond the medical commands mentioned in the criminal charges.

    In  the book “100 Sergeants Major of Color,” a who’s who of  African-American sergeants major, Crump is credited with a Senior  Parachutist Badge which he allegedly did not earn along with several  awards that he did.

    To receive the badge, a soldier must have  jumped 30 times and served in an airborne or equivalent unit. Crump’s  record includes neither the badge, service in such a unit nor a basic  jump qualification.

    An 2006 autobiographical essay that  then-Master Sgt. Crump penned for the Sergeants Major Academy contains  details about his Marine Corps service and collegiate history that do  not stand up to close scrutiny.

    The essay was in an online archive at the Combined Arms Research Library.

    In  it, Crump says he attended Marine boot camp in 1982 while pursuing a  business degree with a pre-law concentration while on academic and  athletic scholarships at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Crump says he  was selected all-conference and that he had dreamed of playing football  professionally.

    Crump also claimed to have walked away from the athletic scholarship to advance in the Marines.

    A  Duke registrar’s office clerk said there was no record of anyone by  Crump’s name attending classes during that period, nor did the  university offer undergraduate degrees in business or pre-law. According  to Ben Blevins, a sports information official, Crump’s name is not on  any Blue Devils football roster for that period.

    The registrar at  East Carolina University, in Greenville, N.C., said its records show  Crump attended classes there for four semesters over this period: fall  of 1982, spring and summer of 1983, and summer 1985. She said that Crump  did not receive a degree, but majored in industrial technology and had  been in good academic standing.

    Crump appears on the ECU football  team’s 1983 roster as a cornerback, said Sarah Fetters, assistant  director of athletics at the university. That year, the Pirates were  ranked No. 20 in an Associated Press poll and finished the season with  eight wins and three losses.

    Questionable Marine credentials

    In  his essay, Crump says he was a recruit at Parris Island in 1982 then  advanced to Infantry and Advanced Infantry School, where he said he  graduated in the top 10 percent of his class, which in turn funneled him  into the coveted Marine Corps Reconnaissance and Army Ranger Schools.  From there, Crump says he advanced from trainee to rifleman to force  reconnaissance team leader.

    A summary of Crump’s military record  released by Marine’s Manpower and Reserve Affairs in Quantico, Va.,  contradicts many of these assertions.

    According to the record,  Crump entered at Parris Island in October 1983 – a year later than he  states in the essay — and exited the Marines in May 1986. He achieved  the rank of lance corporal and held military occupational specialty  3051, the code for warehouse clerks.

    Crump attended Marine courses  at the Army Transportation and Aviation Logistics Schools, Fort Eustis,  Va., from January to March 1984, and worked in a supply company of the  4th Supply Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, in Raleigh, N.C.,  until he left the Marines for the Army in May 1986.

    “According to  his official military personnel file, he was not a 0311 (rifleman),”  Marine Maj. Shawn D. Haney, a spokeswoman for Manpower and Reserve  Affairs, said in an e-mail. “He had no deployments as a Marine, and he  was not part of a recon unit.”

    In the essay, Crump claims he was  deployed to Beirut in the wake of the terrorist bombing of a Marine  Corps barracks on Oct. 23, 1983. He said his unit was redirected from  Lebanon to Grenada as the U.S. led an invasion of the Caribbean island  of Grenada.

    Crump described his thoughts as he stood on the deck  of naval vessel docked in Lebanon, which, according to Marine records,  could not have happened.

    “While aboard the ship, I stood looking  over the rail, the sun was setting and I began to recap all the events  since Basic Training,” Crump writes. “I had lost my scholarship and  temporarily my dream of graduating from Duke with a Business degree  concentrating on pre-law and playing in the NFL.”

    “Then it dawned  on me, I had lost nothing but gained a new me. I was not the same person  the football Grit Iron [sic] seemed so remote. My game plan and  schedule was no longer one in pursue of conference and national  championships but one of world order. My goal was not to defend the goal  line but to defend the constitution of the United States of America  against all enemies foreign and domestic.”

    According to Dale, the  autobiographical essay was part of a nonfiction writing requirement at  the academy designed “to give students with an outlet … just to tell  your story.” The essays were meant to be read by students’ instructors  and the commandant, said Dale, who expressed surprise they were part of a  public archive.

    “It was just to give students an opportunity,” said Dale. “We did not release them to anyone.”

    Crump’s  other essay at the Combined Arms Research Library is about, ironically,  ethical issues faced by other soldiers at an Army hospital in  Landstuhl, Germany where he had worked.

    According to Army records,  Crump enlisted as a medic. He participated in Operation Just Cause, the  U.S. invasion of Panama in 1989, with the 142nd Medical Battalion. His  only other overseas deployment was to Germany, with an armored unit, and  later with medical units in Landstuhl and Heidelberg.

    Among other  awards in his Army record, Crump received four Meritorious Service  Medals, five Army Commendation Medals and six Army Good Conduct Medals.

    A retired sergeant major who works at Walter Reed and knows Crump expressed shock at his alleged misconduct.

    “Why  in the world he would ever have to do that? It’s mind-boggling to most  of the NCOs here,” said the official, who asked not to be named. “He’s  doing enough and accomplished enough that he could have on his own  merits moved through the ranks the way he was. Why on earth did he have  to add falsehoods? It’s against every principle we profess.”

    At  Walter Reed, Crump worked under Roberts, who on July 1 assumed new  duties with the 1st Theater Sustainment Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.  Roberts was awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War for a  daring assault that wiped out three machine gun nests.

    Within the  last several months, Crump was under consideration to replace the  departing Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Diggs and become command sergeant  major to Maj. Gen. Carla G. Hawley-Bowland, commanding general of the  Northern Region Medical Command (Provisional) and Walter Reed Army  Medical Center.

    On July 14, a week after Crump was charged,  Command Sgt. Maj. Frances Rivera, formerly of Brooke Army Medical Center  in San Antonio, was named to Diggs’ former post.

    A slate of  senior command sergeants major who served at battalion or brigade level  would typically have been reviewed for such a position by Human  Resources Command’s sergeant major branch. The process normally involves  a detailed records review.

    Though Dasey would neither confirm nor  deny Crump’s alleged misconduct was uncovered while he was being vetted  for the new job, the Walter Reed official speculated the vetting  process exposed Crump.

    “Through the vetting, somebody probably  picked up something odd, looked into it, and [Crump] probably couldn’t  explain it, and it probably went downhill,” said the official.

    Prior  to Crump’s dismissal, his company commander, Capt. Lance Jelks,  investigated allegations of misconduct against Crump and preferred  charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

    Crump  allegedly violated Article 92 when he “willfully failed to ensure” that  his personnel records were accurate; he allegedly violated Article 107  by submitting false information in his command sergeant major biography  on Dec. 17, 2007, and on Feb. 16, 2009; he allegedly violated Article  134 by “wrongfully and without authority” wearing unauthorized medals  “on diverse occasions.”

    Col. William Shiek, who took over as  commander of the Medical Center Brigade, initiated the Article 32, a  prerequisite to trial by general court-martial.

    Crump’s attorney has requested a delay of the Article 32 until Aug. 16, Dasey said.

    Based  on the investigating officer’s findings, Shiek can resolve Crump’s case  or forward charges to Hawley-Bowland. She can in turn dismiss the  charges, take action, or forward the charges to the Military District of  Washington for a court-martial.

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