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    It's about damn time!

    Retired CMSAF Roy and his sister service contemporaries have finally stepped up.

    They have come out against the proposed across the board 1% reduction of the current retired pay COLA adjustment formula. They also have come out diametrically opposed to a recent statement of retired Senior Flag Officers condoning the reduction. I love it.

    If passed, "the cost-of-living adjustment reduction to military retired pay included in the Bipartisan Budget Act goes into effect in December 2015"

    “You don’t join the military to get rich. There are a lot of sacrifices. There are PCS moves. There are bullets flying overhead. We’re still fighting a war, and now we are talking about reducing the COLA? I don’t get it,” recently retired Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Roy said.

    In interviews, Roy and the others denounced the reductions, calling them unfair to the average enlisted troops who often struggle to find decent-paying jobs when they leave the service.

    The six senior enlisted leaders said they decided to speak out after four retired generals and flag officers issued a statement Jan. 13 voicing support for the cuts.

    "Writing for the Bipartisan Policy Center, retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones, retired Marine Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, retired Air Force Gen. Chuck Wald and retired Navy Adm. Greg Johnson said the planned reduction, which they later described in an op-ed piece in The Hill newspaper as “modest and reasonable reform,” is “an important first step in tackling” rising military personnel costs."

    “Very generous health care and pension benefits for able-bodied, working age (38-62) military retirees — benefits that have no parallel in either the private or public sectors — cannot remain the same without causing damage to our war-fighting ability in an era of constrained resources,” they wrote in the editorial."

    "But the senior enlisted advisers said the pending changes are an assault on what they consider a benefit they’ve already earned — the promise of retirement pay that will keep up with inflation."

    Surprise, surprise... "None of the flag officers who spoke in favor of the cuts would be affected by the reductions. The three four-stars will earn, combined, more than $560,800 in retirement pay in 2014."

    "According to Military Times calculations, a service member who retires as an E-7 with 22 years of service would see an average loss of $100,000 by the time he or she reached age 62, while an O-5 stands to lose $121,000."

    Thank you, CMSAF Roy and your sister service contemporaries, it's about damn time.

    See: http://www.militarytimes.com/article...back-COLA-cuts
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    Re: It's about damn time!

    So he finally decides to do something...after he retires.
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    The Flag officers referenced in the above article have gone on to lucrative endeavors that undoubtedly keep them in touch with the retired enlisted force and their monetary plight.

    After retirement, Gen. Jones was the Chief Executive of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for21st Century Energy. He earned a salary and bonus of $900,000 from the USChamber, as well as director fees of $330,000 from the Boeing Company and$290,000 from the Chevron Corporation.

    MGen Punaro was the Executive Vice President of Science Applications InternationalCorporation (SAIC) and well as numerous board seats.

    Gen. Wald Was the Director of Deloitte Services, LP and the Vice President ofInternational Programs for L-3 Communications Corporation.

    Adm. Johnson founded Snow Ridge Associates, a consulting firm with no web site, sitson the Energy Security Leadership Council and gets $188,534 a year from CACI, International.


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    Quote Originally Posted by giggawatt View Post
    So he finally decides to do something...after he retires.
    ...and affects his pocketbook directly...

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    I love it. When I saw the statement from those general officers on the COLA reduction, my first thought is who are these fucktards to tell me what is reasonable and what is not when they receive ridiculous pensions, that most of the time are greater then their pay when they were AD! Glad to see the top Enlisted fire back with this rebuttal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefB View Post
    The Flag officers referenced in the above article have gone on to lucrative endeavors that undoubtedly keep them in touch with the retired enlisted force and their monetary plight.

    After retirement, Gen. Jones was the Chief Executive of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for21st Century Energy. He earned a salary and bonus of $900,000 from the USChamber, as well as director fees of $330,000 from the Boeing Company and$290,000 from the Chevron Corporation.

    MGen Punaro was the Executive Vice President of Science Applications InternationalCorporation (SAIC) and well as numerous board seats.

    Gen. Wald Was the Director of Deloitte Services, LP and the Vice President ofInternational Programs for L-3 Communications Corporation.

    Adm. Johnson founded Snow Ridge Associates, a consulting firm with no web site, sitson the Energy Security Leadership Council and gets $188,534 a year from CACI, International.


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    Their opinions mean zilch to congress or the average American.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Measure Man View Post
    The Republican Party would say, "Don't be jealous that they worked hard for their money"
    What would the Democrats say?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJMAC77SP View Post
    What would the Democrats say?
    The Democrats would say that we should drastically reduce their CEO/Management salaries so we can pay everyone a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

    By the way this is actually what Republicans would say...


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    Quote Originally Posted by TJMAC77SP View Post
    What would the Democrats say?
    Tax them.

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