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Commanding general of D.C. National Guard to be removed from post

Posted by on Jan. 13, 2017 at 1:58 PM
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The head of the D.C. National Guard, Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, said Friday that he has been ordered removed from his command effective Jan. 20, 12:01 p.m., just as Donald Trump is sworn in as president.

Schwartz’s forced departure will come in the midst of the presidential inauguration that he has spent months helping plan alongside D.C. police, the U.S. Secret Service and other top District officials. He will turn over command to an interim as power transfers from one president to the next, and just before the inaugural parade marches down Pennsylvania Avenue.
“The timing is extremely unusual,” Schwartz said in an interview Friday morning, confirming a memo announcing his ouster that was obtained by The Washington Post. During the inauguration, Schwartz would command not only the members of the D.C. guard but also an additional 5,000 unarmed troops sent in from across the country to help. He also would oversee military air support protecting the nation’s capital during the inauguration.

“My troops will be on the street,” Schwartz, 65, said. “I’ll see them off but I won’t be able to welcome them back to the armory.” He said that he would “never plan to leave a mission in the middle of a battle.”

Schwartz said he would oversee duties in a command center and then depart at 12:01 p.m., retiring from the Army.

Schwartz said that he has been swamped with inauguration duties and packing up four decades’ worth of papers and accumulated items, and has not yet been able to inform District officials, including the mayor and the chair of the D.C. Council. Unlike in states, where the governor appoints the National Guard commander, in the District that duty falls to the president.

Schwartz said that he has not been told why he was asked to step down. “I’m a soldier,” he said, noting that he was following orders and has no regrets. “I’m a presidential appointee, therefore the president has the power to remove me.”

Like other deployments, Inauguration Day will be a complicated one for the D.C. National Guard – at least on paper. Since the District is not a state, its mayor cannot call up Guard members to active duty as a state governor can.
The District must send a letter to the Secretary of the Army requesting the support. The District and the Army must then go through a seven-step process to initiate the deployment, during which Guard members carry out duties at the request of the mayor and city homeland security officials.

The two entities have been able to work together to make that happen quickly in response to unfolding natural disasters, such as last year’s record January snow fall. During that storm, which dumped 22 inches of snow, the Guard was activated in anticipation of the storm’s arrival, and troops helped shuttle officials, plow drivers and supplies back-and-forth across the city.

Schwartz began his military career in 1976 by enlisting in the guard, formally called the Militia of the District of Columbia National Guard. He also oversees the Air National Guard, which combined with the Army guard has an authorized strength of 2,700. He has served in several leadership positions, including commanding the 372nd Military Police Battalion.


He graduated in 1980 from the University of the District of Columbia with a degree in electrical engineering and earned master’s degrees in business management from Central Michigan University and in national security strategy from the National Defense University at Fort McNair, Washington.

Schwartz said that he is most proud of the Youth Challenge Academy, a school for teenage dropouts run by the guard with an infusion of federal money that is separate from both D.C. public and charter schools. It is located at the former Oak Hill facility, the District’s old juvenile jail. He said that about 60 percent of the school’s student body have obtained high school diplomas, and some have gone on to college.
“These are kids with high potential,” Schwartz said. “They just need to be steered a little bit. That’s what guardsmen can do.” He said he has already told his wife that even while retired, he might stay active in the school.

“I don’t mind walking the halls and knocking on doors wearing a suit and tie,” he said.
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broboxer
by Platinum Member on Jan. 13, 2017 at 3:28 PM
I'm surprised he wasn't told the reason.
coolmommy2x
by Platinum Member on Jan. 13, 2017 at 4:11 PM
When a new guy starts, the house gets cleaned. Happens in the business world everyday. Trump is a businessman.
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BluesPagan2.0
by IWantTacos on Jan. 13, 2017 at 10:05 PM
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This is a country. Not a business

Quoting coolmommy2x: When a new guy starts, the house gets cleaned. Happens in the business world everyday. Trump is a businessman.
msb64
by Platinum Member on Jan. 13, 2017 at 10:13 PM
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Many people are relying on tradition when it comes to the transition to a new presidency.  Trump is not following any tradition and he has no concern for individuals.

coolmommy2x
by Platinum Member on Jan. 13, 2017 at 10:21 PM
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It will be run like one.

Quoting BluesPagan2.0: This is a country. Not a business

Quoting coolmommy2x: When a new guy starts, the house gets cleaned. Happens in the business world everyday. Trump is a businessman.
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Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jan. 13, 2017 at 10:28 PM
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Quoting coolmommy2x: It will be run like one.
Quoting BluesPagan2.0: This is a country. Not a business
Quoting coolmommy2x: When a new guy starts, the house gets cleaned. Happens in the business world everyday. Trump is a businessman.

Then it will be unsuccessful and everyone will experience the fallout.

bluefirewolf
by Platinum Member on Jan. 13, 2017 at 10:31 PM
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exactly like one of the ones he went bankrupt with

Quoting coolmommy2x: It will be run like one.
Quoting BluesPagan2.0: This is a country. Not a business
Quoting coolmommy2x: When a new guy starts, the house gets cleaned. Happens in the business world everyday. Trump is a businessman.


tlynn28
by Member on Jan. 14, 2017 at 12:17 AM
I read a few news articles that Obama was the reasoning behind this not trump.

Quoting coolmommy2x: When a new guy starts, the house gets cleaned. Happens in the business world everyday. Trump is a businessman.
broboxer
by Platinum Member on Jan. 14, 2017 at 3:39 AM
Obama let him go, not Trump.

Quoting msb64:

Many people are relying on tradition when it comes to the transition to a new presidency.  Trump is not following any tradition and he has no concern for individuals.

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