We are in possession of a communique that appears to have the Special Operations Association as its source. The source has not yet been fully confirmed but it has been posted in full on Michael Yon’s Facebook page. Edited to add: It has also been posted on Michael Yon’s main site. The communique indicates that the Special Operations Association has revoked John Giduck’s honorary membership.
After a restless night of trying to decide whether to blog about this or not, I asked myself a very simple question, “what would Sharri do?” My friend Sharri is of course the wisest person that I know and has grown into a “bestie” over the past few months. I quickly concluded that she would post this information in a heartbeat. She’s definitely that kind of “go for the throat” person. Thanks for the help here, Sharri. I owe you one. Hugs.
Below is a key section of the letter….though it is not the full letter, the paragraphs are being posted without edits. The bold font has been added by me.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT THE SOA IS OPERATED IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE PRINCIPLES SET FORTH IN THE BY LAWS, THE BOARD INITIATED AN INVESTIGATION.A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION WAS SENT TO THE LAWYERS FOR MSG. CLOUSE AND RESPONSES WERE SENT TO SOA LAWYERS.
A LETTER REQUESTING INFORMATION WAS ALSO SENT TO MR. GIDUCK. THIS LETTER REQUESTED THAT MR. GIDUCK PROVIDE INFORMATION CONCERNING STATEMENTS ALLEGEDLY MADE BY MSG. CLOUSE.
THE BOARD ALSO ADVISED MR. GIDUCK THAT, ALTHOUGH IT COULD NOT DICTATE OR CONTROL HOW HE CONDUCTED HIS PERSONAL AFFAIRS, HE WAS ASKED TO TRY TO PROMPTLY RESOLVE THIS DISPUTE WITH MSG CLOUSE BECAUSE BOTH WERE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SOA. IF HE WAS UNABLE OR UNWILLING TO RESOLVE THE DISPUTE, THE BOARD ASKED IF HE WOULD AGREE TO SUSPEND HIS HONORARY TITLE DURING THE COURSE OF HIS LAWSUIT.
IN RESPONSE, MR. GIDUCK SENT A LETTER DEMANDING THAT THE BOARD PRODUCE A FOUR PAGE LIST OF INFORMATION AND ACCUSED THE BOARD MEMBERS OF BEING “COMPLICIT IN THIS CAMPAIGN OF ILLEGALITY AGAINST ME”. MR. GIDUCK PLACED THE BOARD ON “FORMAL NOTICE” THAT HE CONSIDERED THE BOARD MEMBERS TO BE PARTIES TO A CONSPIRACY TO “RUIN HIM FINANCIALLY”.
AFTER DUE CONSIDERATION, THE BOARD HAS CONCLUDED THAT A PERSON WHO ACCUSES THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, WHILE ACTING IN THEIR OFFICIAL CAPACITIES ON BEHALF OF THE SOA, OF BEING “COMPLICIT” IN AN “ALLEGED CAMPAIGN OF ILLEGALITY” CANNOT PROPERLY BE CONSIDERED FOR OR CONTINUED IN HONORARY TITLE OR STATUS WITH THE SOA. SUCH ACTS ARE NOT CONSISTENT WITH THE PRINCIPLES OF THE SOA.
In my opinion, the reaction by John Giduck appears to be consistent with my personal observations of John Giduck’s behavior. You see, I decided to abandon my connection to John Giduck’s circle as a result of threats some time ago. Now, you know why I invest so much time writing this blog.
Threats seem to be as big a part of John Giduck’s M.O. as his undisclosed business relationships. Of course, Archangel Group’s customers rarely get to see this side of John Giduck…so here is your chance to read the text of the letter and pay attention now. I’m not sure that there is any spin that John Giduck could put on this letter….it is straightforward and clear.
The SOA seems to be doing the right thing here. However, there is still the open question of the money that John Giduck appears to have used to try buy influence from our nation’s special operations warriors. There is also the open issue of his 2003 Special Service Award from the Special Operations Association – that should be revoked as well.
Hopefully, the brothers at the Special Forces Association will follow suit as well. One look at any of John Giduck’s shovel twirling videos on YouTube will immediately clarify which side the SFA should be on.