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Military Pay By A1C Michael Bragg Hill AFB AFNCC

Cindy Williams is a Principal Research Scientist of the MIT Security Studies Program. Her work at MIT includes an examination of the processes by which the U.S. government plans for and allocates resources among the activities and programs related to national security and international affairs, a study of options for reform of military personnel policies and an examination of the transition to all-volunteer forces in the militaries of several European countries. Formerly she was an Assistant Director of the Congressional Budget Office, where she led the National Security Division in studies of budgetary and policy choices related to defense and international security. Dr. Williams has served as a director and in other capacities at the MITRE Corporation in Bedford, Massachusetts; as a member of the Senior Executive Service in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon; and as a mathematician at RAND in Santa Monica, California. Her areas of specialization include the U.S. national security budget, military personnel policy, command and control of military forces, and conventional air and ground forces. Dr. Williams holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, Irvine. She has published in the areas of command and control and the defense budget, and she is the editor of two books: Holding the Line: U.S. Defense Alternatives for the Early 21st Century (MIT Press 2001) and Filling the Ranks: Transforming the U.S. Military Personnel System (MIT Press, 2004). She is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a member of the Naval Studies Board, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Institute of Strategic Studies. She serves on the advisory board of Women in International Security and on the editorial board of International Security.

This is an Airman’s response to Cindy Williams’ editorial piece in the Washington Times about MILITARY PAY, it should be printed in all newspapers across America

Ms. Cindy Williams wrote a piece for the Washington Times, denouncing the pay raise(s) coming service members’ way this year citing that she stated 13% wage increase was more than they deserve.

A young airman from Hill AFB responds to her article below. He ought to get a bonus for this.

“Ms Williams: I just had the pleasure of reading your column, “Our GIs earn enough” and I am a bit confused. Frankly, I’m wondering where this vaunted overpayment is going, because as far as I can tell, it disappears every month between DFAS (The Defense Finance and Accounting Service) and my bank account. Checking my latest earnings statement I see that I make $1,117.80 before taxes per month. After taxes, I take home $874.20. When I run that through the calculator, I come up with an annual salary of $13,413.60 before taxes, and $10,490.40, after.

I work in the Air Force Network Control Center where I am part of the team responsible for a 5,000 host computer network I am involved with infrastructure segments, specifically with Cisco Systems equipment. A quick check under jobs For Network Technicians in the Washington , D.C. area reveals a position in my career field, requiring three years experience with my job. Amazingly, this job does NOT pay $13,413.60 a year. No, this job is being offered at $70,000 to $80,000 per annum……….. I’m sure you can draw the obvious conclusions.

Given the tenor of your column, I would assume that you NEVER had the pleasure of serving your country in her armed forces. Before you take it upon yourself to once more castigate congressional and DOD leadership for attempting to get the families in the military’s lowest pay brackets off of WIC and food stamps, I suggest that you join a group of deploying soldiers headed for AFGHANISTAN; I leave the choice of service branch up to you. Whatever choice you make, though, opt for the SIX month rotation: it will guarantee you the longest possible time away from your family and friends, thus giving you full “deployment experience.”

As your group prepares to board the plane, make sure to note the spouses and children who are saying good-bye to their loved ones. Also take care to note that several families are still unsure of how they’ll be able to make ends meet while the primary breadwinner is gone obviously they’ve been squandering the “vast” piles of cash the government has been giving them.

Try to deploy over a major holiday; Christmas and Thanksgiving are perennial favorites. And when you’re actually over there, sitting in a foxhole, shivering against the cold desert night; and the flight sergeant tells you that there aren’t enough people on shift to relieve you for chow, remember this: trade whatever MRE (meal-ready- to-eat) you manage to get for the tuna noodle casserole or cheese tortellini, and add Tabasco to everything… This gives some flavor.

Talk to your loved ones as often as you are permitted; it won’t nearly be long enough or often enough, but take what you can get and be thankful for it. You may have picked up on the fact that I disagree with most of the points you present in your opened piece.

But, tomorrow from KABUL, I will defend to the death your right to say it.

You see, I am an American fighting man, a guarantor of your First Amendment rights and every other right you cherish. On a daily basis, my brother and sister soldiers worldwide ensure that you and people like you can thumb your collective nose at us, all on a salary that is nothing short of pitiful and under conditions that would make most people cringe We hemorrhage our best and brightest into the private sector because we can’t offer the stability and pay of civilian companies.

And you, Ms… Williams, have the gall to say that we make more than we deserve? You can kiss my royal red a**!!!

A1C Michael Bragg Hill AFB AFNCC


October 4, 2009 - Posted by | mercuryblues78 | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Hi,

    Thank you for the great quality of your blog, each time i come here, i’m amazed.

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    Comment by black hattitude | October 16, 2009 | Reply

  2. Garbage posting. Let’s face it, on some base level, we want to believe that actors and actress are so removed from reality and comfortable in their ivory towers that they wouldn’t understand the sacrifices our fighting men and women make. Another argument is that somebody made those comments – be it an actress or a researcher – so the letter is still justified and should be forwarded. After all, what can it hurt?

    Since being wrongly accused of writing the original article, Williams the actress has been getting hate mail, threatened and otherwise harassed for things she never said. She’s especially distraught by these accusations since she is, in reality, a strong supporter of the military. Bragg has contacted her to apologize for the mixup, but the calls and letters continue to roll in.

    So, we have a case of mistaken identity, unauthorized forwarding of an author’s work, and very negative consequences being delivered on parties who don’t deserve them. All this from a “harmless” chain letter. Break this chain!

    References:, Washington Post Article, Dr. Williams’ Bio

    Comment by Truth Hurts | November 24, 2009 | Reply

  3. awesome article.


    Comment by robes | March 30, 2010 | Reply

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    Comment by robes | April 5, 2010 | Reply

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    Comment by Erna Montealegre | January 1, 2011 | Reply

  6. Cindy Williams’ piece in the Washington Post (not the Washington Times owned by the Moonies) was published in January 2000. How is that Michael Bragg refers to the AFGHANISTAN deployment nearly 2 years before 9/11 ??

    If Airman Bragg is capable of earning $70,000 to $80,000 as a civilian, why did he volunteer for the equivalent of a PFC rank in the Air Force?

    Where did this letter originate? It isn’t in the Washington Post archive.

    Does Airman Bragg exist? Did he ever write a letter to the Post? Did anyone rewrite it? Why are there different versions of it floating around the internet. (Some without the obvious AFGHANISTAN error or the redneck cursing.)

    Because the letter is suspicious, do not risk looking like a moron by forwarding it.

    Comment by gilbert arizona | January 5, 2011 | Reply

  7. Frankly I didn’t entertained the idea in the past. I heard about it, but didn’t actually take the time to do the research. Still it pretty much validates itself from your perspective. It’s not enough for me but it surely qualifies for a thorough investigation.

    Comment by effective article marketing | January 23, 2011 | Reply

  8. Good Post!

    Comment by Casino | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  9. Michael is obviously NOT in the Air Force to serve his country. Where else can you get clothed, fed, sheltered and given an education that will get you an 80K job? It’s not about patriotism, it’s about money right Michael. A fireman knows his risk of dying by fire, a policeman by a bullet. This guy obviously made a poor decision. I worry now that his poor attitude toward his job now is putting other servicemen at risk. This guy needs to be booted out immediately! The Michael Bragg email strikes me like something the Republicans or Tea Party would send since the version I received used Obamas name and other artitcles do not.

    Comment by Ernie | July 18, 2011 | Reply

    • I suggest Ernie go there and fight – to prove his point LOL

      Comment by ash | July 24, 2011 | Reply

  10. Wow! Some people can be so analytical. Whether the guy existed and actualyl wrote this letter is not what should be analyzed. Its the idea behind it. and of course different versions are being passed around, it the internet! this about the symbolism and the idea behind the story, its powerful!

    Comment by Amanda Cronin | August 8, 2012 | Reply

    • Its an article that was written over 12 YEARS ago though. Read the original article in context HERE So what you are saying is I can make up anything I want, pass it around on the Internet as long as my ideas and symbolism are powerful? That is rubbish. The fact is, I agree that the woman is out of touch with how the military works (I served for many years at the end of the Carter era and into the Reagan era where I saw big pay raises). Our military do a tremendously tough job that most of the people posting on here would never do. I’m all about getting the facts straight before sending things out and let people form their own opinions.

      Comment by Rick S | August 24, 2012 | Reply

      • You tell them, Rick. If more peoplle would check their facts before rushing to pass this ridiculousness on, we’d all be better off.

        Comment by Jerry | August 27, 2012

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