Eradicate US Army Toxic Leadership
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Eradicate US Army Toxic Leadership

    1. Petition by

      A PITT

      COLUMBIA, SC

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To Whom It May Concern,
I was the immediate supervisor for SPC Annzala Pitt at C.Co 225 BSB. In the time that SPC Pitt was part of my squad she encountered numerous difficulties which I believe were entirely due to being mistreated by her senior leadership. When SPC Pitt arrived at 225 BSB she had a medical situation that required attention prior to her deployment to Iraq. When she voiced her concerns to 1LT Riglick not only were her concerns dismissed but her private health information was erroneously released to multiple parties. SPC Pitt filed a complaint for the HIPPA violation against the offending party, 1LT Riglick. A few months later 1LT Riglick was assigned to C.Co as our Platoon Leader. This is undoubtedly the situation that caused SPC Pitt to be labeled as a problem soldier by C.Co leadership. SPC Pitt was not protected from reprisal and was treated badly for the duration of her time with C.Co 225 BSB.
The result of filing her HIPPA complaint against 1LT Riglick was having a stigma placed on her by the very leadership that was supposed to be protecting her. She endured rumors, attacks on her character, and even attempts at discrediting her intellectual capacities. She was even accused of having inappropriate relationships with multiple senior Non-Commissioned Officers by our Platoon Leader 1LT Riglick. SPC Pitt continuously sought only to do her job as a mental health specialist and as her first line supervisor I pushed for her to be moved from the company to the Troop Medical Clinic. When SPC Pitt was sent to the Troop Medical Clinic to preform her duties as a mental health specialist C.Co leadership made sure to let the incoming social worker know what their impression of her was. SPC Pitt then worked with Major Ball, who had already been told she was a problem soldier, and was subsequently treated horribly to include having to undergo a mental health evaluation without provocation.
SPC Pitt requested on numerous occasions to be moved from C.Co 225 BSB to another company, battalion, or division to get out from underneath the stigma placed on her. These requests were heard by our Company Commander, 1SG, Platoon Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Command Sergeant Major, and even Division Command team but nothing was done. Instead of helping the soldier 1LT Riglick and Major Ball ordered me to counsel her for their perceived insubordination. When I disagreed with these orders it was made clear that my military career was also in jeopardy. I was ordered by 1LT Riglick to counsel SPC Pitt for not properly using her chain of command to which, I informed the command that she had done exactly what procedures are outlined. The result of my not counseling her for this was to have my MEDPROS status changed to non-deployable by 1LT Riglick. This retaliation against me for defending SPC Pitt would have ended my career if I had not already been found deployable and fit for duty by the Medical Review Board in 2008.
Despite her outburst which finally concluded her time in C.Co I would still recommend that she be retained by the United States Army. SPC Pitt endured being mistreated for months and still maintained a positive attitude. Her intellectual prowess combined with her willingness to work make her a viable asset. I believe that if SPC Pitt had been able to move to another command away from the toxic leadership of C.Co 225 BSB her military career would have flourished.

SGT David Trapolsi

 

 

To:
President of the United States
U.S. House of Representatives
Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina-02
Rep. Adam Smith, Washington-09
Sen. John McCain, Arizona
Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida
Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia
Sen. Mazie Hirono, Hawaii
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Rep. James Clyburn, South Carolina-06
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Rep. Buck McKeon, California-25
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Rep. Mark Sanford, South Carolina-01
Eradicate US Army Toxic Leadership

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Here is the appeal to CAAF from Annzala L. Pitt

      A PITT
      by A PITT
      Petition Organizer

      Here is the appeal to CAAF from Annzala L. Pitt dated July 1, 2014

      It is shameful that, I as a United States soldier had to deal with an intense level of retribution, reprisal, harassment, and persecution at the hands of toxic military leaders. Their venom was triggered due to a HIPPA complaint I filed against Charlie Company 225 BSB, 25th ID superiors in April 2011.

      This command has weaved a maze of slander, acts of omission, trickery, and blatant lies and biasness and refuse full disclosure of which has caused my freedom, career and reputation to become interrupted, of which I cannot disguise.

      At this time I am requesting that the CAAF have the FBI to investigate what truly happen to me while station at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii and arrest Major Rebecca Ball LCSW, Major Chad Flick, Lt Megan Reglick and MSG Roberto Ramirez to include LT COL Murray and Judge Col Craig Denny.

      I ask for their arrest for covering up that I was dealing with a racist command that attacked me via false mental health documentation and by having others to lie at the court martial and from keeping Major Ball from being properly question in reference to her role in this entire matter.

      American soldiers are not to be mistreated in any aspect that will allow them to be humiliated or forced to work in an environment that violates their safety, liberty or privacy. As in my case from March 2011 thru September 2012 I had to endure working at the hands of toxic leaders.

      These personnel violated my medical privacy and violated my civil and human rights and lied about my mental health status. (MSG Roberto Ramirez, Lt Megan Riglick, Major Chad Flick, and Major Rebecca Ball. I am submitting the following documentation to prove that I was dealing with a monstrous command).

      Prior to March 30, 2012, I filed a HIPPA complaint, requested to be transferred from the unit, requested not to work for Major Rebecca Ball LCSW, and requested to speak with 25th ID Division command. In the interim I documented how I was being mistreated, and so has others.

      When I could no longer deal with the unbearable treatment I refused to go to duty. Instead, I was forced to go in to a hostile environment and it was at that time I defended my name. I did not hit any one nor was I intoxicated. I then was falsely charged with violations of US Army articles 89, 90, 91, and 134; when in fact the command divested themselves. I asked that you review my entire file and removed the false conviction.

      The ACCA refused to see the case as it really is and have ignored new evidence from the very soldiers that they have stated I threaten and or hit. Instead, they want to award me with 11 days of confinement from the appeal. Of which I should be awarded 63 days and dismissal of all charges and removal of the entire conviction. And, returned to active duty.

      This entire case is a legal error; due to the fact I was defending my civil and human liberties and my name. Of which if they were not being violated with false documentation, stacking of the counseling packet with false counseling’s and attacks on my persons with humiliating labeling (such as malingerer, bitch, stupid, a whore and the final blow is when the command along with Major Ball, LCSW wrote the false mental health referral and showed it to other soldiers and was telling them that I was delusional. And, that I was going to be discharged on a Chapter 5(this was reported to me on March 29, 2012 by SFC Terrell Demonia and SGT David Trapolsi). This was reprisal for requesting to speak to 25th ID Division). I was being violated from March 2011 to September 2012. If, I was not being violated and was not dealing with a hateful and racist command; I would not have had to ask them to stop spreading the rumors on March 30, 2012 of which was a part of their bullying towards me.

      This command is a true example of the definition of Toxic Leadership that preyed on me via discrimination, ostracization, indifference, retribution, reprisal, harassment, hate and persecution and they used this type of behavior towards me every day for a year to keep me from revealing poor treatment.

      There is a major difference between abuse and discipline; I was not being discipline I was being hated upon. There is a major difference between a healthy work environment and a hostile work environment. And, there is enough evidence to prove I was defending my name and innocence.

      I ask that you place yourself in my shoes. And, realize that when this command lied about my mental health status; I reviewed it as an additional direct threat and an attacked.

      The court did not review every single piece of paperwork submitted by the defense including the entire record of trial of which some information was redacted; if they had they would have acknowledge all e-mails I sent, omissions of UA and Drug test from March 30, 2012, medical paper work, mental health paper work and statements from other professionals, SFC Terrell Demonia dated March 2014 statement, SGT David Trapolsi statement and SPC Michael Broyard statement dated April 2014, to include statements from others in my behalf.

      Instead, the court felt that there weren’t any issues to write about. Of which they have chose to blatantly ignored that the command created a false mental health referral to try to create a false metal health report/record and told all of 2nd Brigade and 25th Division personnel that I had a mental health issue, condition and disease of which this was done to try to intimidate me, discredited me and to further hurt me. This was a punch underneath the belt to me (cruel intensions), amongst the other maltreatment I endured.

      Please see the 15 pages of attached documents and the DVD I have provided.

      Sincerely,

      Annzala Pitt

    2. Thanks

      A PITT
      by A PITT
      Petition Organizer

      CNN, sent me a hard copy letter, stating that the producers are interested in my case. The initial appeals did not go in my favor, BOY O Boy are they covering up. My family ask for a FBI investigation I am waiting for a response.

      Please contact me via email (annzala@aol.com) if you wish to go public with me. Please call me at 803-477-7687; if you have questions.

      And Thank You For Your Support.

      Sincerely, Annzala Pitt

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Decision-maker Annzala Pitt responds:

      Annzala Pitt

      It is highly important that all Americans, the President of the US and all military leaders respond to this petition. Many military personnel are losing their freedom, careers and lives due to military leaders that are abusing their autho...


    5. From A Soldier e-mailed 02/19/2014

      A PITT
      by A PITT
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Sgt. Pitt,
      I, truly apologize for how you were mistreated by your command. But, please remember; all that were involved will have to answer to a higher command (GOD). You are a phenomenal woman and you must continue to expose those that were involved in your case. You are a leader and your resilience in this matter has provided an example of true strength. Sincerely, CSM Smith

    6. US Army toxic leadership must be eradicated. We the people must save the li

      A PITT
      by A PITT
      Petition Organizer

      US Army toxic leadership must be eradicated. We the people must save the lives of American service members.
      American service members must be protected from US Army toxic leaders. Service members are being attacked from with in the very ranks that are supposed to protect and care for them. From rape, reprisal, retribution, bullying, many service members have resorted to taking their own lives. This egregious maltreatment from commanders must be eradicated. And, looked at as a crime. They should be penalized for abusing their authority.

      Many service members that have tried to seek assistance in reporting abusive treatment from their command; not only lose their careers, but also have lost their freedom. Division commanders, SJA's, and military judges must recognize what toxic leadership is and what it has become.
      Please lets save the soldiers.

    7. Pentagon to appoint officer to promote ethical behavior, Hagel says

      A PITT
      by A PITT
      Petition Organizer

      The Washington Post
      Pentagon to appoint officer to promote ethical behavior, Hagel says
      By Ernesto Londoño, Published: February 7, 2014
      Stung by a string of embarrassing revelations about misconduct in the ranks, the Pentagon will soon appoint a senior officer to promote and enforce a culture of ethical behavior and good moral character, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday.

      The move marked Hagel’s latest attempt to get ahead of a growing list of scandals, including allegations of widespread cheating by military personnel in proficiency tests and recently disclosed reports about misbehaving senior officers.

      The Voice of Russia\ Washington Post: 02-08-2014
      US military system favors cruel, toxic, oppressive commanders - Pentagon
      Air Force Major General Stephen D. Schmidt who retired this month was known among the soldiers as "cruel and oppressive". A well-known screamer mistreated a lot of his subordinates. And it seems that he was not the only one like that.

    8. Lets stop this egregious behavior from the military.

      A PITT
      by A PITT
      Petition Organizer

      In the last 48 hours I have received many calls and personal e-mails from current and prior service members sharing their accounts of toxic leader encounters. I have heard the cries of many and we all share the same tears. Many have informed me of theirs friends that committed suicide and many that have gone homeless. I will continue to bring this issue to light with the support of individuals such as you all. I have 100 signatures and only need to have this matter of a horrible story looked at by President Obama. I thank you all.

      Elisa Wyatt wrote " my mistreatment was spearheaded by a corrupt three star Army General (one of my supervisors in Afghanistan, the one who sexually assaulted me, headed up the Command General's communication shop) who covered up the investigation and had subsequent commands do everything they could to discredit and demoralize me as they railroaded me out of the military."

    9. Soldiers should not become invisible; due to toxic commands.

      A PITT
      by A PITT
      Petition Organizer

      Wow, we have received 100 signatures and that is great. Now soldiers dealing with toxic leaders do not have to stay invisible to top leaders and perhaps military judges can also recognize toxic commands.

    10. Reached 100 signatures
    11. I was prosecuted by the individuals that was terrorizing me

      A PITT
      by A PITT
      Petition Organizer

      My case is currently in the appeals process. After I confronted the command about their toxic leadership towards me I was charged with violating articles 89,90,91 and 134. I was prosecuted by the individuals that was terrorizing me. Please sign my petition and assist me in having all charges dismissed along with the type of discharge and for me to return to active duty.

    12. The Army Defines Toxic Leadership

      A PITT
      by A PITT
      Petition Organizer

      "Toxic leadership is a combination of self-centered attitudes, motivations, and behaviors that have adverse effects on subordinates, the organization, and mission performance. This leader lacks concern for others and the climate of the organization, which leads to short- and long-term negative effects. The toxic leader operates with an inflated sense of self-worth and from acute self-interest. Toxic leaders consistently use dysfunctional behaviors to deceive, intimidate, coerce, or unfairly punish others to get what they want for themselves. The negative leader completes short-term requirements by operating at the bottom of the continuum of commitment, where followers respond to the positional power of their leader to fulfill requests. This may achieve results in the short term, but ignores the other leader competency categories of leads and develops. Prolonged use of negative leadership to influence followers undermines the followers' will, initiative, and potential and destroys unit

    13. Current news about toxic leaders in the US Army

      A PITT
      by A PITT
      Petition Organizer

      Army Takes On Its Own Toxic Leaders : NPR
      www.npr.org › News › NPR News Investigations
      NPR
      Jan 6, 2014 - Top commanders in the U.S. Army have announced publicly that they have a problem: They have too many "toxic leaders" — the kind of bosses

      Pentagon investigations point to military system that promotes ...
      Washington Post-Jan 29, 2014
      A review of inspector-general investigations of senior officers shows that Army generals are sanctioned more often for toxic leadership than in ...

      Toxic Leaders And The Social Environments That Breed Them
      Forbes-Jan 10, 2014
      Once the concept of toxic leadership dawned upon the military, it was found to be pervasive. According to one estimate, 20% of US Army

      'Toxic' leadership poisons whole well
      Your Houston News-Jan 22, 2014
      Dave Matsuda, an anthropologist studying suicides among troops in the U.S. Army at the Army's request, is pointing at “toxic leaders” as part of ...

    14. Remove the toxic leaders in my case

      A PITT
      by A PITT
      Petition Organizer

      They are Major Rebecca Ball LCSW, LT. Megan Riglick (now 44th Med), MSG Roberto Rameriz, Major Chad Flick (now at Ft Lenard wood), LTC Rodney Honeycutt, SJA of 25th ID, CPT Pitiz 2nd Brigade legal, and their are many more. As you can see each time they move to a new unit they are spreading their toxic cells and will destroy more lives.

    15. Horror story or tragedy

      A PITT
      by A PITT
      Petition Organizer

      After I requested to speak Division; Major Ball, Rebecca LCSW I worked for - filed a false mental health referral stating I was DELUSIONAL -that created a false mental health record. I was forced to take the out dated MMPI-2 1989 pencil and paper version. Once I took test and passed it; the command was in the process of having the test manipulated. Once I was told by my squad leader SGT Traposli, David- he stated that the command was telling other that I was crazy and that they were going to chapter me on a mental health condition. Once I found this out I became so up set that I did not want to go back to the command the next day of 30 March 2012. Who in their right mind wants to deal with the pain of a mental health stigma.

      The command sent SGT Trapolsi to my office post residence get me. Once I arrived at the unit, I informed the command how I felt about the mistreatment. I was court martialed for violations of article 89,90,91, and 134.

    16. Reached 10 signatures
    17. Leaders of the US Army prey on soldiers

      A PITT
      by A PITT
      Petition Organizer

      Well said, now we just need the president to start letting go or jailing division, brigade, battalion and company commanders. Along with LCSW (Major Rebecca Ball and Captain Kristina Zerga), psychologist and psychiatrist that file false mental health referrals to create false mental health records and for giving soldiers out dated mental health instruments such as the MMPI-2 1989 pencil and paper version; so that it can be manipulated to state a soldier has a psychological condition, issue and or disease. Military personnel that engage in this type of behavior must go. So, many soldiers are mistreated in this aspect. That, they are driven to the point of wanting to give up. The policies and procedures that are put in place to assist soldiers are nothing more than a waste of literary terms that has no usage. The 25th ID command, SJA and all commands that fall below them along with their LCSW, and psychologist practice maltreatment of soldiers. They jail soldiers to keep them quite.

    18. The horror of dealing with toxic military leaders

      A PITT
      by A PITT
      Petition Organizer

      I have read all of the comments and realize how terrible it is for Americans' to look at the military for employment and are torchered by other Americans; this is 3rd world behavior. Many soldiers are treated as if they are indentured servants; however "the state of voluntary or compulsory subjection to a master; the condition of being bound to service; the condition of a slave; slavery; bondage; hence, a state of slavish dependence" is not what they signed up for. Many soldiers never have the opportunity to "Be ALL That Can Be" due to the toxic command claimant . Yes, congress and the current president as well as all previous presidents are aware to how difficult it is mentally on soldiers and just do not care. Soldiers have written millions of letters to congress and the president; just to have IG to pretend they have investigated or to have division commanders like General Kurt fuller to state they have investigated the situation-when they can careless.

    19. Toxic leaders in the military is an American Horror Story

      A PITT
      by A PITT
      Petition Organizer

      Imagine working for a psychotic abusive officer; that associates with the higher commands that are aware that the officer is toxic but turn a blind eye. It is nothing more than an American Horror Story or Tragedy because as a soldier the open door policy will be closed to you. They are all friends that has dehumanized you due to the rank structure. You can not get help not even IG will assist properly. These officers and NCO that prey on other soldiers should be penalized. They should be jailed; instead the lower ranked soldier ends up committing suicide or losing their career and time of service or at worst their freedom for trying do defend their self. It is sad and horrible; but it happens each and everyday. 2. While station at Schofield Barracks in in March 2011, I was informed that I could not have a medical procedure that the command believed to be non-important. I had to beg and plead with the Rear D command to allow me to have the surgery.

    20. Eradicate US Army toxic leaders NOW.

      A PITT
      by A PITT
      Petition Organizer

      They than labeled me as a problem soldier and sent various e-mails out to others stating this; after I filed a HIPPA complaint. The command was informed by SRP that I was non-deployable. I was deployed any way less than two weeks of the procedure and became very ill. I was re-deployed with in 35 days. When I returned to Rear D I was bullied, humiliated and reprised against due to the HIPPA complaint. I was not allowed to go to the board or even do my MOS 68X. I was called many inappropriate names and horrible rumors was started about me to include false counseling statements. I requested to be relieved of my military duties and or a transfer from the toxic command. Instead the egregious treatment continued from Major Rebecca Ball LCSW, Lt. Riglick, Megan,1ST Sergeant Ramirez, Roberto and many others. The worst part about this; is that the battalion and brigade and division commanders and CSM's where aware of this and participated as by standers.

      Barack Obama and Aaron Schock and U.S. Senate: Eradicate US Army Toxic Leadership

      To Whom It May Concern, I was the immediate supervisor for SPC Annzala Pitt at C.Co 225 BSB. In the time that SPC Pitt was part of my squad she...

    21. US Army toxic leaders must go.

      A PITT
      by A PITT
      Petition Organizer

      Toxic leadership in the US Army are killing American soldiers.

    22. Reached 5 signatures

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    • RICARDO FINNEY KAPOLEI, HI
      • 4 months ago

      By no means is Specialist Pitt alone. Please review and sign another petition to reveal the hypocrisy protecting toxic leadership coming from the highest echelons of the Pentagon...And beyond

      http://wh.gov/lHA1F

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    • Frank Lee CROPWELL, AL
      • 4 months ago

      I have been a victim of toxic leadership and like most times, when the toxic leaders are reported the senior leaders turn a blind eye to the problem.

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    • Olga Cox-Levin MCLEAN, VA
      • 4 months ago

      My daughter was bullied by her boss and supervisor in San Antonio Texas. Her health deteriorated to the point she was hospitalized twice. She lost her job and health insurance and is still recovering from the nightmare.

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    • KATE RYAN MONTEREY, MA
      • 4 months ago

      Soldiers deserve our respect - not the abuse of their commanders to the point of destroying them for life - I have seen too much of that

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    • Deborah Perotti SAXAPAHAW, NC
      • 5 months ago

      Do not discriminate against people for medical conditions and please get rid of abusive leaders in the Army. Thank you, Deborah Perotti

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