Shades of Assassination: Dismissal of a Security Officer

The Pentagon dismisses any question there is something “unusual” about the announcement that the head of the Washington DC District National Guard has been asked to step down a week prior to the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.  [FoxNews.com Jan 14, 2017]

The discharge of Maj. General Errol Schwartz, who officially steps down at 12:01 PM on January 20, just after President Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.

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However, Maj. General Schwartz is quoted to say: “the timing is very unusual”

The Secret Team: The C... L. Fletcher Prouty Best Price: $7.52 Buy New $11.54 (as of 04:10 EDT - Details) Brigadier General William J. Walker, will be the incoming acting commanding general. 

This drums up memories of the dispatch of Col. Fletcher Prouty, then liaison between the White House, the Pentagon, and the CIA on matters of national security, who was sent to the South Pole for ceremonial reasons just prior to the President John F Kennedy’s visit to Texas.  JFK was assassinated on November 22, 1963.

Col. Prouty later wrote the normal safeguards taken for Presidential parade routes were not taken in Dallas.  Standard safeguards included placement of rooftop military or local police on buildings facing a Presidential parade route as well as nailing shut street-facing windows.

At that time it was General Edward Lansdale who was in charge of Operation Mongoose, aimed at overthrowing Fidel Castro who assigned Col. Prouty to a South Pole trip. 

JFK: The CIA, Vietnam,... L. Fletcher Prouty Best Price: $4.83 Buy New $11.12 (as of 04:10 EDT - Details) Col. Prouty later claimed that Lansdale was in Dallas – and visible as a passer-by in photographs taken on the day Kennedy was assassinated.

Col. Prouty was the Chief of Special Operations with the Joint Staff all during 1962–1963. He received sudden orders to travel as the Military Escort officer for a group of VIPs who were being flown to the South Pole to activate a nuclear power plant for heat, light, and sea water desalination at the U.S. Navy Base atMcMurdo Sound, Antarctica during the period November 10–28, 1963.

Col. Prouty was returning from the South Pole and in Christchurch, New Zealand, when he read a newspaper with a front-page high-quality photograph of Lee Harvey Oswald and a detailed description of his background within hours of the assassination on the other side of the globe.  Prouty then questioned how such information and graphic images could have been forwarded to New Zealand given the limited electronic technologies of that day.