Lt. Col. Christopher Downey
His records show that Lt. Col. Christopher Downey has led an exceptional 24-year career. Once an enlisted soldier, he served as a presidential airlift coordinator for the White House from 2008 to 2010. He has logged more than 1,000 combat flight hours and earned three Bronze Stars and seven Air Medals, one with a “V” device for valor.
The April 2012 ball was supposed to be a joyous time for the soldiers of an aviation task force commanded by Col. Downey. His soldiers had just returned from a combat tour in Afghanistan’s violent Kunar province. In dress uniforms, soldiers collectively were celebrating a number of unit citations.
At one point in the evening, attention shifted to the lesbian officers on the dance floor.
A warrant officer had approached Col. Downey and complained that their prolonged French kissing, buttocks grabbing and disrobing of Army jackets violated Army rules against inappropriate displays of public affection while in uniform on base.
“Col. Downey asked the female officers to alter their behavior and the situation was resolved,” Downey’s attorneys explained.
A special three-officer “show cause” board reviewed the punishment and unanimously ruled that the evidence showed he did not violate Army rules.
However, as he approached the two officers, Col. Downey pushed away a camera, which apparently hit the soldier’s nose. The solider did not file a complaint, and later stated that he was not the victim of an assault.
Col. Downey was nonetheless convicted “administratively” of assault. He is now suing because he was not allowed legal representation in the trial, which he was never told was an actual trial.
Read the full article at The Washington Times.