05-21-2010: Airman’s Response to Ungrateful Cindy Williams

CINDY WILLIAMS was appointed by Obama as an Assistant Director for
NATIONAL SECURITY in the Congressional Budget Office…..

Military Pay

This is an Airman’s response to Cindy Williams’ editorial piece in the
Washington Times about MILITARY PAY, it should be printed in all
newspapers across America.

Ms. Cindy Williams wrote a piece for the Washington Times denouncing
the pay raise(s) coming service members’ way this year citing that she
stated a 13% wage increase was more than they deserve.

A young airman from Hill AFB responds to her article below. He ought to
get a bonus for this.

“Ms Williams:
I just had the pleasure of reading your column, “Our GI’s earn enough”
and I am a bit confused. Frankly, I’m wondering where this vaunted
overpayment is going, because as far as I can tell, it disappears every
month between DFAS (The Defense Finance and Accounting Service) and my
bank account. Checking my latest earnings statement I see that I make
$1,117.80 before taxes per month. After taxes, I take home $874.20.
When I run that through the calculator, I come up with an annual
salary of $13,413.60 before taxes, and $10,490.40 after.

I work in the Air Force Network Control Center where I am part of the
team responsible for a 5,000 host computer network. I am involved with
infrastructure segments, specifically with Cisco Systems equipment. A
quick check under jobs for “Network Technicians” in the Washington,
D.C. area reveals a position in my career field, requiring three years
experience in my job. Amazingly, this job does NOT pay $13,413.60 a
year. No, this job is being offered at $70,000 to $80,000 per
annum………. I’m sure you can draw the obvious conclusions.

Given the tenor of your column, I would assume that you NEVER had the
pleasure of serving your country in her armed forces.

Before you take it upon yourself to once more castigate congressional
and DOD leadership for attempting to get the families in the military’s
lowest pay brackets off of WIC and food stamps, I suggest that you join
a group of deploying soldiers headed for AFGHANISTAN; I leave the
choice of service branch up to you. Whatever choice you make though,
opt for the SIX month rotation: it will guarantee you the longest
possible time away from your family and friends, thus giving you full
“deployment experience.”

As your group prepares to board the plane, make sure to note the
spouses and children who are saying good-bye to their loved ones. Also
take care to note that several families are still unsure of how they’ll
be able to make ends meet while the primary breadwinner is gone.
Obviously they’ve been squandering the “vast” piles of cash the
government has been giving them.

Try to deploy over a major holiday; Christmas and Thanksgiving are
perennial favorites. And when you’re actually over there, sitting in a
foxhole, shivering against the cold desert night, and the flight
sergeant tells you that there aren’t enough people on shift to relieve
you for chow, remember this: trade whatever MRE’s (meal-ready-to-eat)
you manage to get for the tuna noodle casserole or cheese tortellini,
and add Tabasco to everything. This gives some flavor.

Talk to your loved ones as often as you are permitted; it won’t be
nearly long enough or often enough, but take what you can get and be
thankful for it. You may have picked up on the fact that I disagree
with most of the points you present in your open piece.

But, tomorrow from KABUL, I will defend to the death your right to say

You see, I am an American fighting man, a guarantor of your First
Amendment right and every other right you cherish…On a daily basis,
my brother and sister soldiers worldwide ensure that you and people
like you can thumb your collective noses at us, all on a salary that
is nothing short of pitiful and under conditions that would make most
people cringe. We hemorrhage our best and brightest into the private
sector because we can’t offer the stability and pay of civilian

And you, Ms. Williams, have the gall to say that we make more than we

A1C Michael Bragg, Hill AFB AFNCC

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!


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