Monday, July 28, 2014

Assault on the Sierra Army Depot

argumentum ad hominem, is a general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the author of or the person presenting the claim or argument.

The Accused
Chris Carrier

If you attack the character of your accusers, you have essentially attacked anything the accusers says whether it is true or false.  Beach and Shepard fired me for disruption and discourtesy.  They cite 4 major incidents:
  1. My Conduct during the New Employee Orientation (NEO)
  2. The John Dwyer Incident
  3. the Bob McCurry Incident where Beach and Shepard's allies allege I threw a binder at a female employee.
  4. the Chris Carrier Incident  where Beach and Shepard's allies allege I started a fight with Christopher Carrier
This entry will discuss the Chris Carrier Incident. I will explain what really happened at in Room 126, building 201 at the Sierra Army Depot on October 29, 2013 at approximately 10:00 AM.

Here are the statements from the witnesses:





  1. If he was a member of the SDO team, how many SDO briefs did he prepared?
  2. What are the dates of the SDO briefs he prepared?
  3. Chris Carrier states that there have never been any problems in the office until I approached them on 29 October 2013.  What new problems have emerged?  Be specific and back up your answers.





  1. You state that when looking over the BOM, there was nothing that could be considered abuse.  Why do you say that?
  2. What would constitute abuse?
  3. To what percentage of accuracy are Engineering estimates of man hours and materials expenditures?
  4. To what percentage of accuracy are the warehouse expenditures are in executing man hours and materials in accordance to Engineering's plan?
  5. Are there any warehouse deviations to Engineering's plan?
  6. Are there any warehouse deviations to Engineering's plan that could be considered abuse?
  7. You said you did not provide answers I was looking for.  What were the questions and answers I was looking for?  Be specific.
  8. If you cannot remember what caused the argument, why should people believe you when you say that I provoked you?
  9. You cite three times that I said talking to you was a mistake, if that is the case, why didn't you walk away?  Why did you continue the conversation?
  10. You later admit you apologized to Merritt Shepard and the team, what were you apologizing for?
  11. Why apologize if your actions are justified?
  12. Are they justified? 




  1. You state that I was trying to sway you to my way of thinking?  How?  What was I saying?  Did I punch you?  Did I yell at you?  Did I insult you?  Did I threaten you?
  2. You cite three times that I said talking to you was a mistake, why did I say that?  Why does saying this annoy?  Why did saying this make you want to fight me?
  3. You admit you became annoyed.  Why?
  4. You say that you do not believe that you were being abusive to me.  Why do you say that?

  1. Is it normal for members to fight amongst each other inside your directorate?
  2. Why did it take you more than 24 hours to conduct an investigation into this incident?  Why didn't it take place immediately?  
  3. When did you sign this statement?  What hour?
  4. Who was at fault for causing this incident?
  5. If you state that I was at fault at causing this incident, when did you discuss this incident with me?  What was your corrective action that you were going to take?
  6. When did you conclude your investigation?







  1. Three witnesses report that this was a serious incident.  Federal Labor Laws state that in instance of workplace violence that best thing to do is separate the two parties.  Shepard did not.  WHY? 
  2. And when Beach learned about the incident, why did he put me on Administrative Leave.  
  3. How did Beach and Shepard determine I was at fault?





  1. Chris Carrier says he does not use foul language but a favorable witness to Chris Carrier contradicts Chris Carrier.
  2. Michael Gray, you said that I in my usual way continued to "egg" Chris on.  How?  What did I say?  In what tone of voice?



  1. Note again another  favorable witness to Chris Carrier contradicts Chris Carrier on the question of foul language.  Ms. Lamar heard Carrier use foul language twice and Gray once.
  2. Why does Carrier lie about something so small as using foul language, can we trust the rest of his statement?
  3. If I was the aggressor, why did I just 'walk away' when Carrier flipped me off?

I was not the aggressor in this incident.  I was the victim.



I went to talk to Steve Sarian.  He referred me to Lynette Hall.  Lynette Hall called Beach with me in the room.  I went back to talk to Beach.  Beach put me in the Conference Room where I typed the following email to Steve Sarian.  Steve Sarian gave me some good advice.  When things are going bad, start documenting everything and tell people you trust.  This is a good idea in case something bad happens to you.  A paper trail protects the innocent and condemns the guilty even in death - and in some instances a paper trail tells us who the innocent and the guilty really are.




Then Beach and Shepard put me on Administrative Leave.  Kathy Rausch told me if I am ever being disciplined that I could demand a Union Representative be with me.  When Beach and Shepard,












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On Thu, 1/16/14, Champion, Terry D CIV (US) wrote:

 Subject: RE: Need more Information (UNCLASSIFIED)
 To: "@yahoo.com" <@yahoo.com>
 Cc: "Champion, Terry D CIV (US)"
 Date: Thursday, January 16, 2014, 4:37 AM

 Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
 Caveats: NONE

 Please call me

 Terry Champion
 Assistant Inspector General
 TACOM LCMC IG
 DSN: 786-3907 / Comm: (586) 282-3907
 FAX: DSN: 786-5367, Comm: (586) 282-5367
 email: Terry.D.Champion2.civ@mail.mil
 "The truth of the matter is that you always know the right
 thing to do. The hard part is doing it." 
                                  
 General Norman Schwarzkopf 

 INSPECTOR GENERAL SENSITIVE INFORMATION - FOR OFFICIAL USE
 ONLY: The information contained in this email and any
 accompanying attachments may contain Inspector General
 sensitive information, which is protected from mandatory
 disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5
 USC 552. It should not be released to unauthorized persons.
 If you are not the intended recipient of this information,
 any disclosure, copying, distribution, or the taking of any
 action in reliance on this information is prohibited. If you
 received this email in error, please notify me immediately
 by return email or by calling 586-574-3907



 -----Original Message-----
 From: Champion, Terry D CIV (US)
 Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2014 7:34 AM
 To: 
 Cc: Champion, Terry D CIV (US)
 Subject: Need more Information (UNCLASSIFIED)
 Importance: High

 Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
 Caveats: NONE

 Mr. James Brentney

 I need you to call me ASAP, I would like to talk and ask you
 some questions about a employee running a private business
 at SIAD. Please call me at the numbers below again I need
 you to do this ASAP.

 Terry Champion
 Assistant Inspector General
 TACOM LCMC IG
 DSN: 786-3907 / Comm: (586) 282-3907
 FAX: DSN: 786-5367, Comm: (586) 282-5367
 email: Terry.D.Champion2.civ@mail.mil
 "The truth of the matter is that you always know the right
 thing to do. The hard part is doing it." 
                                  
 General Norman Schwarzkopf 

 INSPECTOR GENERAL SENSITIVE INFORMATION - FOR OFFICIAL USE
 ONLY: The information contained in this email and any
 accompanying attachments may contain Inspector General
 sensitive information, which is protected from mandatory
 disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5
 USC 552. It should not be released to unauthorized persons.
 If you are not the intended recipient of this information,
 any disclosure, copying, distribution, or the taking of any
 action in reliance on this information is prohibited. If you
 received this email in error, please notify me immediately
 by return email or by calling 586-574-3907


 Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
 Caveats: NONE


 Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
 Caveats: NONE


 




 


Then Terry Champion told me after a couple of interviews that Beach and Shepard fired me.  It took me several months to get me my termination paperwork.    I emailed this GS-12, Lori King [over glorified secretary] over and over again to get my termination paperwork.  I got this email:








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On Wed, 3/12/14, King, Lori M CIV USARMY CHRA-WEST (US) wrote:

 Subject: RE: Lori King CPAC (UNCLASSIFIED)
 To: "James Bretney" <>, "Owen, Heaven L CIV (US)"
 Cc: "Hall, Lynette M CIV (US)" , "Champion, Terry D CIV (US)" , "Manner, Aric A CIV USARMY USAMC (US)" , "Papadopoulos, Jane M CIV USARMY CHRA (US)"
 Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 4:31 PM
 Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
 Caveats: FOUO
 Mr. Bretney,
 I am unable to send this information unencrypted through email due to the personal information and possible size limitations as the documents you are requesting are rather large.  
 To resolve your request, I can mail the documents certified to an address provided by you, or we can arrange to have the documents delivered to you within a 10 mile radius of the depot.
 As to your additional questions, a union representative would only have been involved if designated by you. The CPAC does not supervise personnel actions, we advise management on the process, assist in preparing the action, and coordinate the legal review. 
 Lori King
 HR Specialist
 Sierra Army Depot CPAC
 Phone:
 530-827-5377
 Fax: 530-827-4647
 Email: lori.king@us.army.mil
 -----Original Message-----
 From: James Bretney [mailto:]
 Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 11:57 AM
 To: Owen, Heaven L CIV (US)
 Cc: Hall, Lynette M CIV (US); King, Lori M CIV USARMY CHRA-WEST (US); Champion, Terry D CIV (US)
 Subject: Re: Lori King CPAC
 Hi Lori,
 The EEO office informed me that you have my termination paperwork and write ups authored by Mssrs. Beach and Sheppard against me.  I am homeless and on food stamps.  Can you email me all paperwork and personnel actions against me?  Also can you verify any documentation that has my initials or signature that informed me of Mssrs. Beach and Sheppard against me? I also understand that a union representative can be present during meetings of this nature with an employee.  Please provide me the name of the union official who was present during these meetings and who from your office supervised these actions for actions and legality.  Thank you. 
  
 James A. Bretney |  | 
 On Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:44 PM, Owen, Heaven L CIV (US) heaven.l.owen.civ@mail.mil wrote:
 Mr. Bretney,
  
 Per our conversation, below is Lori King’s contact information. She is also CC’ed on this email for your convenience. She should have your termination packet. Please let me know if you have any other questions. 
  
 Lori King
 (530) 827-5377
 Lori.m.king8.civ@mail.mil
  
  
 Have a wonderful day
  
 Heaven Owen
 Administrative Support Assistant/
 EEO Counselor
 Directorate of
 Base Support
 Comm: 530-827-4233
 Fax: 530-827-4631
 E-mail: heaven.l.owen.civ@mail.mil
  
 Classification:
 UNCLASSIFIED
 Caveats: FOUO











SO after all this, do you believe that I started a fight with Carrier?  If I started a fight with Carrier, why would I go through all the bother of opening myself for criticism and examination in the public eye?  If I started a fight with Carrier, why wouldn't I just move on.  Isn't that what normal people do, especially if you're in the wrong.  Why is it that even friendly witnesses can't corroborate what Carrier, Beach and Shepard are saying?

Sierra Army Depot has never investigated the incident.  A supervisor on the depot has never been fired for mismanagement, fraud, theft or embezzlement.

LTC Slosson
Commanding Officer
Sierra Army Depot




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