The investigative report on retired U.S. Army Major Tom Evans, who was forced out of his position as the senior Army instructor for the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Winder-Barrow High School, was released last week by the Army.
The investigator said he was told to probe Winder-Barrow’s JROTC program on July 3. His “informal investigation” included interviews of 17 people over four days and the compilation of more than 400 pages of documents. He submitted his findings and recommendations three weeks later on July 26 to the JROTC’s national headquarters at Fort Knox.
The Army’s investigation substantiated school superintendent Wanda Creel’s complaints, and the investigator recommended that Evans lose his certification as a JROTC instructor for violating the following three JROTC standards:
•Violating public trust, displaying disrespect, and misconduct.
•Conduct that does not meet the standards expected of an Army officer…regardless of the instructor’s retired status.
•Conduct causing discredit or embarrassment to the Army or the JROTC program.
An Army spokesman said Friday that action regarding Evans’ decertification is “still pending chain of command final resolution.”
For the full story, see the Oct. 30th issue of the Barrow Journal.