[Editor’s Note: An AuxBeacon reader reveals just how serious Larry Julian’s infraction was. Neither Maj Gen Mark Smith nor members of Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors are willing or able to take a stand to prepare our children for the future. For example, Talladega Alabama police officer Joel Husk publicly shared this SAME Michelle Obama meme in November 2016, and as a result, he was immediately terminated from the police force.]
“Call me sometime when you have no class.”
– Barry Thornton Melon
I’d like to inform your readers about the kind of people we have serving on the command staff of Southeast Region Civil Air Patrol. Currently, CAP Col Barry Melton and CAP Col Richard Greenwood are the region’s commander and vice commander, respectively.
On May 29, 2016 in the lead-up to the US Presidential Election, Barry Melton’s Chief of Staff Larry Julian pushed a racist meme out on Facebook. It described Melania Trump as fluent in Slovenian, English, French, Serbian and German and our First Lady as “fluent in Ghetto” with a deliberately unflattering photo.
Civil Air Patrol’s Lt Col Larry Julian shared other offensive and racist memes at this time, attacking democrats in general as former KKK members, and attacking Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters. When AuxBeacon first reported on these these in their Trash Talk Indoctrination, I went to Larry Julian’s facebook page to verify them for myself. I even saved screenshots of images that AuxBeacon did not include, such as these:
Now, when Talladega Alabama police officer Joel Husk shared this same Michelle Obama meme in November 2016, he was immediately terminated from the police force.
Talladega City Manager Patrick Bryant publicly confirmed Husk’s dismissal. He told the Washington Post that Husk breached department policies on conduct and social media.
He also commented to WBRC:
“We will not tolerate that kind of conduct by any employees. We take very seriously our responsibility to treat everyone equally and equitably. We have to make sure we take steps for the community to trust us.”
I dropped by the Southeast Region website this morning January 25th 2019 to find that it had been recently updated and that Larry Julian was still serving in the role of Chief of Staff for Barry Melton and Richard Greenwood.
Given the responsibilities and privileges that Civil Air Patrol leaders have for protecting lives and teaching young people about ethics, why would Maj Gen Mark Smith and Col Barry Melton allow a CAP officer on command staff to get away with something that a Talladega patrolman could not?