From 2000 to 2010, thousands of California National Guard members improperly or illegally received enlistment incentive payments. Guard audits to date have found that at least 115 service members – most of them officers – committed fraud or acted improperly. Following are some of key players who benefited from or led the problem program, which The Sacramento Bee exposed in October 2010. Many have faced discipline under the Guard’s current leader, Adjutant Gen. David S. Baldwin.
Brig. Gen. Louis J. Antonetti; led California Army National Guard, 2007-10
Brig. Gen. Charlotte L. Miller; led Recruiting and Retention Command, 2005-07
Col. Diana L. Bodner; led Recruiting and Retention Command, 2007-09
Lieutenant Col. Jodee A. Rowe; led Recruiting and Retention Command, 2009-11
Maj. Jeffrey C. Nichols; led recruiting for National Guard Bureau, a federal agency
Maj. Steven B. Poteat; Executive officer, Recruiting and Retention Command
Maj. Douglas S. Williams; Officer, then acting-commander, Recruiting and Retention Command
Capt. Yasser J. Brenes; Recruiter
Capt. Raymond Allard; Educational services officer
Capt. Thomas Nys; Logistics officer.
Capt. Bruce H. Corum; Guard member
Capt. Robert N. Couture; Recruiter
Capt. Eric T. Goldie; Guard member
Capt. Teressa R. Vaughn; Recruiter
Command Sgt. Major Bobby L. Rollins; Top noncommissioned officer, Recruiting and Retention Command
Sgt. Major Kurt R. Muchow; Top noncommissioned officer, Recruiting and Retention Command
Master Sgt. Toni L. Jaffe; Incentive program manager, 1986-2009
*Flagged members face investigation for possible wrongdoing or for breaking military rules.
^General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand placed in soldier’s permanent personnel file.
~General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand placed in soldier’s local personnel file for three years.
#Outside of National Guard jurisdiction for penalties.