LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan National Guard investigation into alleged wrongdoing at the Camp Grayling military training base recommended the removal of seven people, including two lieutenant colonels.
The investigation found evidence of theft, destruction of government property and nepotism at an equipment maintenance facility at the base in northern Lower Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reported Monday (http://on.freep.com/1kO7fJ1 ).
Completed in January, the report was turned over to the National Guard's criminal division, which concluded earlier this summer that no criminal investigation was warranted, said Lt. Col. Bill Humes, base spokesman.
Humes said two lieutenant colonels retired, two master sergeants were fired from their full-time federal government jobs at the base, two other sergeants received two weeks of unpaid leave and one master sergeant was not disciplined.
"This is exactly how the system is supposed to work," Humes told the Free Press.
The two fired master sergeants are appealing. Hearings had been set for Tuesday and Wednesday, but they were postponed by military officials last week.
The probe found that personnel at the base's Maneuver and Training Equipment Site threw away "hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of new and used equipment and parts," including shock absorbers, engine and transmission parts and electronic equipment, on the orders of the two now-retired lieutenant colonels so the facility would look better for a 2013 inspection.
In addition, it was determined that several people who worked at the facility were running businesses on the side using government equipment and time, including a stock-trading operation and a lawn-care business.
Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com