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Head of D.C. National Guard to be removed from post in middle of inauguration

January 13 at 5:23 PM

The Army general who heads the D.C. National Guard and has an integral part in overseeing the inauguration said Friday that he will be removed from command effective at 12:01 p.m. Jan. 20, just as Donald Trump is sworn in as president.

 

Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz’s departure will come in the middle of the presidential ceremony — classified as a national special security event — and while thousands of his troops are deployed to help protect the nation’s capital during an inauguration he has spent months helping to plan.

 

 “The timing is extremely unusual,” Schwartz said in an interview Friday morning, confirming a memo announcing his ouster that was obtained by The Washington Post. During the inauguration, Schwartz will command not only members of the D.C. Guard but also 5,000 unarmed troops dispatched from across the country to help. He also will oversee military air support protecting Washington during the inauguration.

 

“My troops will be on the street,” said Schwartz, who turned 65 in October. “I’ll see them off, but I won’t be able to welcome them back to the armory.” He said he would “never plan to leave a mission in the middle of a battle.”

 

Unlike in the states, where the governor appoints the National Guard commander, in the District that duty falls to the president.

Military officials and Trump transition officials provided contradictory versions of the decision to replace Schwartz. As is customary for presidential appointees, the general submitted a letter of resignation to give the new administration a clean start.

Two military officials with knowledge of the situation said the Trump team decided to accept the resignation. A person close to the transition said transition officials wanted to keep Schwartz in the job for continuity, but the Army pushed to replace him.

Schwartz, who was appointed to head the Guard by President George W. Bush in 2008, maintained the position through President Obama’s two terms. He said his orders came from the Pentagon in the form of an email that names his interim successor, a brigadier general, who takes over at 12:01 p.m. next Friday.

Army Maj. Jamie Davis, a spokesman at the Defense Department, said Schwartz is classified as a “non-career status employee.” He noted that the interim commander “is ready to assume complete mission” and handle the inauguration.

 

One of the military officials said the Trump transition team receives lists of political appointees and can decide which resignations to accept. All resignations are effective at 12:01 p.m. on Inauguration Day.

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) blasted the decision to remove Schwartz, particularly during the inauguration.

“It doesn’t make sense to can the general in the middle of an active deployment,” Mendelson said. He added that Schwartz’s sudden departure will be a long-term loss for the District. “He’s been really very good at working with the community, and my impression was that he was good for the Guard.”

Schwartz said he will work up until that moment, and then plans to retire from the Army. “I’m a soldier,” he said. “I’m a presidential appointee. Therefore, the president has the power to remove me.”

Dan Lamothe contributed to this report.

Read more from the Washington Post here.

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10 comments

    1. Agree – several seemingly unconnected but odd occurrences converging on Inauguration…heads on a swivel folks…

  1. During the transition not after. This gave me chills. You can even imagine the step up and step back. No trust and much reason. Witnessing a coup to take our country back? I work with a retired military officer of age and he said the UN will be removed from our soil. In the plans.

    1. Do they need help moving out? I’ll help load them into shipping containers, and even close and weld the doors shut. Label the containers contents as toxic hazardous waste: INCINERATE ONLY

  2. Team Trump only needs to not participate in the street battles and quietly be inaugurated behind the scenes while a fake Trump limo proceeds down the gauntlet. On a moments notice have the traitor John Roberts chief justice in his office (or captiol) to complete hiis swearing in. Do not tip him off, simply show up unannounced.

    Trump then puts his action plan into play. Immediately fire the entire CIA, FBI top globalist traitors, the corrupt DOJ Lynch group, and disable DHS cronies. And whoever else is involved in shadow government lawlessness, including the disarming of all federal agencies and their mercenaries (like SSA, DOE, EPA. and so on).

  3. Fetzer/Eowyn, Occurrences and SeeMoreRocks picked up the Zero Hedge story about the firing of the DC Nat’l Guard general, but Rivero at WRH.com has this:

    FAKE NEWS: WaPo Did Not Tell Whole Story on DC National Guard Chief’s Resignation
    • Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA COVER-UP/DECEPTIONS/PROPAGANDA
    The Trump administration told FOX News of Friday the story is a crock.
    Schwartz was offered to stay on his post until after the Inauguration but decided to quit during the ceremony and then he ran to the press to complain.
    According to FOX News,
    “The Trump Transition team reportedly offered to let him keep his job until the ceremonies were over. Maj. Gen Schwartz refused. It appears he would rather argue his would rather argue his case though in the press.”

    Read more: http://www.whatreallyhappened.com http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/#ixzz4VlWE4Z7M

  4. How government transition works…
    Beginning in May, the president must establish a White House Transition Coordinating Council and Agency Transition Directors Council.
    :These councils will facilitate information-sharing between candidates and agencies. The councils will also provide guidance to agencies in preparing briefing materials and other information requested by eligible candidates, and ensure that there is an integrated strategy for addressing interagency responsibilities around the presidential transition.
    :The administrator of General Service Administration must appoint a federal transition coordinator, a career executive responsible for managing the presidential transition across agencies and overseeing GSA-provided transition services.
    :The federal transition coordinator also will chair the Agency Transition Directors Council.Agency heads must designate a senior career executive by May to oversee transition activities in that agency. :The administration must negotiate a memorandum of understanding with the transition team of each presidential candidate by November 1 to ensure access to agency personnel, facilities and documents.
    :Training resources made available for appointees in the first term of the administration may now also be used in the second term, and may be used throughout the president’s first term.In the event of a contested election, GSA may continue to provide services to eligible candidates until the election outcome is determined.
    :The new law ensures that presidential transition teams will have access to more resources than ever before. It will be up to the presidential candidates from both parties to take advantage of this assistance in their preparation for governing.
    Even at the height of the presidential election season, with its partisanship and intensity, the intent of Congress is clear: candidates should take transition planning seriously.

  5. The new guy, Brigadier General William J. Walker Wow, interesting curriculum vitae http://www.nationalguard.mil/portals/31/Features/ngbgomo/bio/2/2394.html Major General Errol R. Schwartz has been in the National Guard for 41 years, he is 65.
    Which means he has already passed the mandatory retirement age (62) and has already had a retirement deferred by the SECDEF or by the President.
    Maybe he wants to retire with a nice pension and play with the grandchildren.

  6. As is customary for presidential appointees, the general submitted a letter of resignation to give the new administration a clean start.
    Transition officials wanted to keep Schwartz in the job for continuity, but the Army pushed to replace him. Schwartz, who was appointed to head the Guard by President George W. Bush in 2008, maintained the position through President Obama’s two terms. One of the military officials said the Trump transition team receives lists of political appointees (4,000ish in number), and can decide which resignations to accept.
    All resignations are effective at 12:01 p.m. on Inauguration Day.
    At 12:01.01 Brig. Gen. William J. Walker, who is in the D.C. National Guard and will be the incoming acting commanding general.

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