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Toxic Leadership and Scorched Earth, Colonel Annicelli’s Story


                                                                                                    ( Colonel Lance Annicelli, USAF)

This is the Story of Lieutenant Colonel Lance Annicelli, United States Air Force. It is told in the first person in his own words. No one could tell his story better. What comes across in his telling of this unbelievable nightmare is his decency, compassion, and plain speaking.

This is also a shocking story. It is frank and honest but with an under tone of anger. It cuts against the grain; it strains credulity.  It is one of many similar stories being told concerning the purge of the American military senior officer corps during the period between 2008 and 2016.

Colonel Annicelli was the embodiment of the American Dream. He was a success story. He had risen to dazzling heights. His life story was a record of achievement. His curriculum vitae was threatening to some. This Top Gun pilot was flying into a strong headwind.

Many distinguished senior officers were purged from all branches of the American military services during the  period 2008 to 2016.

The Story of Colonel Lance Annicelli is a window into an unhinged system careening toward irredeemable corruption.

(Available from in April 2017)


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GW Grad Court-martialed For Political Incorrectness

George Washington University

George Washington University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although William Lendrum “Billy” Mitchell, a GW graduate, is now considered to have paved the runway for the establishment of the nation’s Air Force, it wasn’t before he was first convicted of insubordination and resigned from the military.



The Father of the Air Force, Brigadier General Billy Mitchell

William Lendrum "Billy" Mitchell, 1899 GW Graduate

William Lendrum “Billy” Mitchell, 1899 GW Graduate. (Photo Courtesy University Archives.)



The George Washington University (GW)  graduate was so certain of the necessity of air power to ensure national security and military dominance that he accused military leadership of incompetence in 1925. He had already fallen out of favor with many military leaders after he gave a series of reports the year before that asserted the superiority of air power—an idea the Navy didn’t like—and stated his bold and ultimately accurate prediction that Japan would launch a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and U.S. bases in the Philippines.




(His reports were compiled and published as the book Winged Defense: The Development and Possibilities of Modern Air Power—Economic and Military).

His belief in air power began after he enlisted to fight in the Spanish-American War in 1898 as a GW junior (along with several other GW volunteers).



After the United States declared war on Germany in 1917, Mr. Mitchell went to France to set up an office for the Aviation Section of the Army Signal Corps, the predecessor to the U.S. Air Force. He was elevated to the temporary rank of brigadier general while commanding allied forces in the Battle of San Mihiel in 1918. During that successful offensive, Mr. Mitchell became the first American airman to fly over German lines.

Mr. Mitchell amplified his call for military leaders to focus their attention on air power when he returned to the United States. To prove some of his theories, he set up and carried out the now famous “airplane versus battleship” tests from 1921 to 1923 in which he sunk stationary German ships from Martin MB-2 bomber airplanes. Congress awarded Mr. Mitchell a Special Congressional Medal of Honor after his death in 1936.

Mr. Mitchell completed the requirements for his GW degree in 1919 and was awarded a degree that year “as of the Class of 1899.” Mitchell Hall on the Foggy Bottom Campus is named for him.

You can find a sculpture of Mr. Mitchell in the Pre-1920 Aviation area of the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

(By Bergis Jules)

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