Thursday, November 4, 2010
Submitted by Port Commissioner Jack Miles
November 3, 2010
To all the Concerned Citizens of Mason County:
I spent the night reliving the horrible and unnecessary comments Mr. Bloomfield brought to the Port meeting on Tuesday. However, it is time I clear the air and address Mr. Bloomfield’s question.
After a night of praying for answers as to what to do about Mr. Bloomfield’s comment’s at the meeting, I realized I already knew the answer. So I am writing to clear the air about my Military discharge.
First, I am proud to be an American and I am proud that I served my county in the United States Marine Corps. I was discharged from the Marines under "Other Than Honorable Conditions" and here's the reason why; at the time of my service, President Clinton came into office. One of his campaign promises was to lift the ban on gays in the military. At that time, I had several gay friends in the military, mostly women. I was hopeful that President Clinton would be able to follow through with his campaign promise.
I grew up in San Diego, California and had a few gay friends that so desperately wanted to serve their country too, but had fear they would be exposed if they joined. As did I have friends in the military that were gay and feared being exposed. After President Clinton tried to make that a reality, the rank and file of the armed forces were running scared and began a witch hunt to get as many gay military personnel out as possible before or if this would happen. At the time, I was not shy about where I stood with gays in the military, nor am I now. The unfortunate situation that resulted from my position was, the military tried to get me to turn over names of all of my friends who were gay and who I thought might be gay....AND I REFUSED! I was told if I didn't provide names, I would be tried for obstruction of Justice and conduct unbecoming a United States Marine. Rather than give up their names and put them through the humiliation, I took the deal to leave the Marine Corps under other than honorable conditions.
But let me make one thing perfectly clear, that piece of paper does not change the fact that I served my country with honor and I am proud I was able to protect my fellow Marines and I would do it again.
I am utterly sad that it has come to this and I want to personally apologize for not being upfront on Tuesday. My hope was that I would not have to tell this story, but it appears Mr. Bloomfield will stop at nothing to spread a horrible lie and make me look bad. So please forgive me from the bottom of my heart. I thought what I said Tuesday was the right thing to do at the time and it was never meant to mislead you in any way. I just thought I could stand by my statement that "I served my country and I did it well" would be enough, however it got the best of me last night.
So to answer Mr. Bloomfield’s question, I will not resign as your representative. I protected my fellow Marines, this country and I will continue to protect you, "The Concerned Citizens of Mason County".
Jack Miles, Commissioner
Port of Shelton