I didn’t think I would write about this again, but apparently, 1SG Katrina Moerk continues to make the news. Her blog is now private, and I’ve seen several reports on Facebook that her command issued what amounts to a “gag order” for the troops on this topic. Not sure whether this is true or not, and I won’t speculate.
The Army Times picked up the story yesterday. They write:
First Sgt. Katrina Moerk said she never sought recognition for correcting soldiers’ unethical behavior online, but received it anyway, and from high places.
This opening sentence alone brings me to doubt her claim. If she never sought recognition for correcting Soldiers’ inappropriate behavior, why in the name of dog would she bring Pentagon brass into an issue that is best addressed with said Soldiers’ units?
This act alone brought on three investigations into three different commands, according to the article. I won’t rehash here what I wrote in my previous entry on the issue. Suffice it to say, I think 1) she was looking for attention, 2) she got an undeserved ARCOM for merely doing her job as a senior NCO, and 3) she’s now playing victim, because she not only got the attention she sought, but also much more than that.
She claims that there were threats, obscenities hurled, and other unseemly behavior. If this is the case, I strongly condemn this. She’s someone who seems to lack the maturity to have attained the rank she holds, and I am convinced now more than ever that she was wrong to drag Pentagon brass into this issue. But if she and her family are being threatened or abused, that’s appalling, and it needs to stop.
That said, Moerk consistently has refused to acknowledge her responsibility in the backlash (legitimate backlash, not threats, if there were any). She corresponded with Jonn from This Ain’t Hell after he had the class and integrity to drop her an email. What transpired confirms everything I already suspected about her character.
So, I did what she did to the soldiers that she trolled – I looked her up on AKO and emailed her. When she answered my email, she cc’d her company commander. (emphasis mine) The first sergeant said that she didn’t understand why I would assassinate her character (which I didn’t – I couldn’t assassinate that which I couldn’t find).
Then, for some stupid reason, she emailed Bulldog at Guardians of Valor and asked him to influence me to remove the post about her. She said that she had asked me to remove it (she hadn’t) and that I had mumbled something about “freedom of speech” (I didn’t).
The rumor is that her command has instituted a “gag order” forbidding anyone in her unit from speaking about the same thing that the Department of Defense had issued a press release to celebrate. For all I know, that same gag order is instituted through out the Army.
So my assessment of her stands. She did her job when she contacted the Soldiers about their inappropriate behavior, but based on her statements and actions after the fact, as well as her insistence on bringing the Director of the Army SHARP program into what is essentially NCO business, I judge her to be an immature attention whore, who was shocked that the attention she received wasn’t all accolades, sunshine, and rainbows blown up her ass.
To be sure, she did her job when she corrected inappropriate Soldier behavior. But her subsequent behavior speaks of bigger issues, and her inability to appropriately handle challenges without dragging mommy and daddy Army into her drama, shows her to be unwilling or unable to take responsibility for situations she created.
For those of you who look at the Army Times piece, they do mention this blog, but my last name is not Grimes, although that’s a nice nod to “The Walking Dead.”
Happy New Year!