A U.S. Army sergeant stationed in Germany is being punished, instead of the senior enlisted man he caught having an affair with his wife, even though such adulterous behavior is illegal.
Worse, according to sources in Germany, senior officers may even have been ordered by top brass to keep quiet about the incident out of fears that the senior sergeant involved “may have something on them.”
Details of the affair involving Sgt. Ken Eiland, his wife Tina, and Eiland’s senior non-commissioned officer, SFC Vernon Pollard, were first reported by syndicated columnist David Hackworth on April 23.
The affair between Pollard and Mrs. Eiland began last September, after Sgt. Eiland was ordered to Bosnia. Pollard would go to see Tina at her job at a base dental clinic, sources said, then meet with her for sex after hours.
While in Bosnia, Sgt. Eiland learned of the affair through intercepted e-mail traffic. Upon notifying his commanding officer of his situation, Sgt. Eiland was released from duty in Bosnia and allowed to go back to Germany, Hackworth reported.
Upon arrival, Sgt. Eiland was intercepted by Capt. Saul Gonzales, his commanding officer, who ordered him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation before being allowed to meet with his wife – an exam he passed.
When finally allowed to confront his wife, Sgt. Eiland said she admitted to her affair with Pollard. Then, after gaining his composure, Sgt. Eiland went to see Pollard to seek an apology, but the senior non-com repeatedly denied involvement. In exasperation, and after Sgt. Eiland showed Pollard hard evidence of his affair, he asked to see Pollard’s wife.
At Pollard’s house, Sgt. Eiland told Pollard’s wife to open her computer e-mail and read the messages. She complied, Hackworth reported, and began to get angry as she learned of Pollard’s dalliances with Tina Eiland and others.
Suddenly, Pollard – who is six-foot-four and “built like a Rams linebacker” – grabbed his wife, pinned her to the floor, and deleted all the messages, then ordered Sgt. Eiland to leave his house.
At that point – still without an apology and upset over Pollard’s assault on his wife in his presence – Sgt. Eiland went to his commanders and asked that Pollard be charged with adultery, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. His commanders, however, ignored his request.
Weeks later, after making some noise, V Corps commander Lt. Gen. William S. Wallace’s assistant, Capt. Erin English, was assigned to investigate the incident. Sgt. Eiland told English he had evidence of numerous sexual affairs committed by Pollard with married women, including Military Police Spc. Andrea Johnson – ironically a member of four-star Gen. M.C. Meig’s personal security staff.
Even so, Eiland later reported, nothing came of the inquiry. In fact, Sgt. Eiland alleges that English informed Johnson of the inquiry and asked her and others to “keep quiet” about their affairs with Pollard.
Still determined, though, Sgt. Eiland tried one last time to get closure. He went to see his battalion commanding officer, Lt. Col. Robert Shaw. Sgt. Eiland said he told Shaw he believed Johnson was tipped off by Capt. English.
Shaw assured Sgt. Eiland that the incident would be handled. But when Sgt. Eiland went back to Shaw some time later to ask for a copy of the investigation report, Shaw informed Sgt. Eiland: “It’s no longer your concern.”
Meanwhile, sources told WND that Pollard has yet to be charged with adultery – a career-killing crime in today’s military – and remains at his post in a sensitive position. Further, his military career remains intact, though he did receive minor punishment for attacking his wife.
Nevertheless, sources in Germany tell WorldNetDaily that Pollard’s punishment was handled in a certain way so that it will remain hidden from future promotion boards. That means, sources said, that Pollard’s affairs – for which he has yet to be charged – and his assault will remain “off the books,” and hence won’t be considered in future promotion decisions.
At the same time, Sgt. Eiland has been “punished” for the incident, say insiders, because he’s been ordered to pack his bags and report for duty at another post in Germany – the 32nd Signal Battalion at Darmstadt Military Community, about 50 miles north of Heidelberg, where V Corps is headquartered. It is a duty station commonly considered by U.S. personnel in Germany to be the worst of all.
Sources said soldiers familiar with the incident and unhappy with its outcome have “wallpapered” several key areas of the base with copies of Hackworth’s initial column.
One source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he believes Capt. Gonzales – and perhaps others – have been ordered by top brass to keep quiet about the incident.
The source said he e-mailed Gonzales the Hackworth article with the phrase, “Shameful reflection,” in the subject line. Gonzales answered back: “Tell me about it; I cannot talk about it but I am not happy about it.” The reply was forwarded anonymously to WND.
The newssite attempted to contact Gonzales, but he did not respond to interview requests. V Corps public relations officials also did not respond to requests for an interview.
However, several soldiers stationed in Heidelberg have expressed frustration over the incident – many who have frequent or daily contact with Pollard.
“This is ridiculous,” said one specialist. “Pollard is a criminal, and he is administrating over the unit’s training schedule and all the related inspections.”
“What a dirty rotten thing to do to another noncommissioned officer while he is away in Bosnia, and even in the same unit,” said a private.
A major called the incident a “joke” and an “embarrassment” to the Army, while another officer, a captain, observed: “There is still a small percentage of soldiers in uniform, even in leadership positions, who should never be trusted, like Pollard.”
“Same old story,” said another specialist. “Make waves and you are gone.”