Richard Wayne Jowers – Fake Army Airborne Ranger, Combat Wounded, Blog of Shame

| February 12, 2020 | 326 Comments

The nice folks over at militaryphony.com send us a case on Richard Wayne Jowers.  There are a few updates I will add before the MP case appears.  This was done last night by KTXS12:

 

Here are some additional claims made by Jowers:

 

Here are a few more:

 

Sadly, tragedy strikes most of us at times during our life.  How we deal with it weaves the fiber of our character.   I do not believe Jowers made false claims about his military service as a jerk knee response because he was mad at his opponent.   His attempt at faux humility and false statements seem to be a bit more systemic than that.

To go from actually being a Private that was kicked out of the Army for Desertion with an Other than Honorable Discharge to claims of being a Wounded Army Ranger Staff Sergeant is repugnant at best.  Did he file a false employment application with his current employer?  It appears he was obligated at the time of his hire to report an Other than Honorable Discharge.   Did he provide a DD-214 at the time of hire and if so, does it match his official military records? How long has he been making false claims about his service?

I bet some good people around his part of the world know some of the answers to those questions.

BACKGROUND

Richard Wayne Jowers comes to us from Baird, Texas. At the time of this writing, February 2020, Jowers is 53 years old. He more commonly goes by “Rick” and / or “Ricky.”

Jowers is the Chief Deputy for Callahan County, Texas.

Jowers is currently running for Sheriff of Callahan County with the election being held on March 3, 2020.

In some of the debates leading up to the election, Jowers has claimed to have been a US Army Airborne Ranger. Here he asks candidate Leroy Foley if he was an Airborne Ranger and then affirms that they both were.

In a Clyde County Town Hall meeting designed to hear from the two candidates, held on January 6, 2020, Jowers states that that “was in the military – took a bullet for his country.”

There was some question about Foley, the other candidate, and his military claims. Foley eventually dropped out of the race.

STATEMENT

We had received submissions about Jowers and his military claims having to do with being at the Black Hawk Down event in Somalia in 1993, being wounded, killing hundreds of the enemy, etc. We largely ignored these claims because many were wild and most all had no proof associated with them, therefore it was hearsay. However, we started hearing similar claims over and over again from separate sources and gave us reason to pause. Again, we largely ignored these claims due to lack of credible evidence.

Jowers came out with what struck us as an odd statement. According to bigcountryhomepage.com, “Jowers goes on to explain that even though he claimed otherwise during public forums for the Sheriff’s race, he is, “not a Navy SEAL, a Green Beret, or an Airborne Ranger.”

This would be similar to someone saying they were not an astronaut and at no time did they ever walk on the moon, or that they never played football for the Dallas Cowboys.

Why would someone make such statements unless they made those claims?

Jowers also made the following post to his Facebook page. We at Military Phony had not heard that Jowers’ military service was in question, just the type of service and his experiences.

What became apparent about this post was that OTHER THAN HONORABLE appears instead of a Reenlistment code. HONORABLE as a stand-alone designation does not appear there. Stated another way, this area should have a reenlistment code. The word HONORABLE should not appear here instead of a reenlistment code. The only other things that would appear here are DISHONORABLE or OTHER THAN HONORABLE CONDITIONS.

Jowers called one of our investigators and admitted he had been discharged under OTHER THAN HONORABLE CONDITIONS.

Many were skeptical and contacted Military Phony. Others were wanting what they characterized as fair and equal treatment of the candidates. However, Military Phony only investigates claims of Stolen Valor and has no vested interest in a local Sheriff’s election in the state of Texas.

Since a quick sweep showed that Jowers spent about 18 months in the Army, our interest peaked. He could have been wounded and been discharged early because 18 months is not a typical enlistment.

. . . . .

ACTIONS CONDUCTED BY MILITARY PHONIES

Richard Wayne Jowers’ military records were ordered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

. . . . .

FOIA RESULTS

NATIONAL PERSONNEL RECORDS CENTER (NPRC)

FOIA Result – Summary Sheet – Ricky Wayne Jowers
FOIA Result – Photo – Ricky Wayne Jowers
FOIA Result – Assignments – Ricky Wayne Jowers

. . . . .

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MANPOWER DATA CENTER / SCRA

DoD Manpower Data Center Result – Richard Wayne Jowers

. . . . .

DISCUSSION and SUMMARY

LENGTH OF SERVICE

There is a shortened length of service from what is expected for a normal enlistment.

Based on the entries common surrounding this, it appears that Jowers went AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave) in March of 1989.

The military generally classifies unauthorized absence in excess of 30 days as a desertion. This is also documented by the “DMR” annotated in his records.

He was “DFR” (Dropped From Rolls) at one month in April 1989 when usually the soldier is declared a Deserter.

In July of 1989, Jowers had an entry of “RMC” which is “Return to Military Control.”

He was then sent to Fort Sill, OK Personal Control Facility (PCF) while awaiting probably a Court Martial. PCF is NOT REALLY a Stockade or Prison. It is a Facility to house Trouble Soldiers who needed to be Retrained or Soldiers who are awaiting Court Martial Procedures.

It made sense he was sent to Fort Sill PCF since he was FA.

The Personnel Clerk recorded an incorrect date by putting his Discharge as “870822” instead of “890822”.

His unit was in Germany and he appeared to go on leave and did not return to Germany. He turned himself in to Fort Sill. He was then discharged under “OTHER THAN HONORABLE CONDITIONS” for desertion.

RANK

He left the Army as a Private (E-1) which is probably due to the trouble just before discharge. This is in contrast to Staff Sergeant / SSG (E-6) that he claimed in the debate video above.

ASSIGNMENTS

Jowers does not show assignments indicative of being a Ranger.

MEDALS

There was no Purple Heart listed in his records. There were no medals listed that would indicate combat.

When Jowers claimed that he “took a bullet for his country” a military member or veteran would see this is a direct claim of being combat wounded and one would expect to see a Purple Heart in his military records.

TRAINING

There is nothing in Jowers’ records reflect RANGER or Airborne training.

We don’t see any Ranger School Training or Airborne Training on his Summary Records.

MILITARY DISCHARGE AND WORK IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

There is a Texas State policy that says that one cannot work in Law Enforcement if their military discharge was DISHONORABLE or OTHER THAN HONORABLE. This can be found here:

http://tcole.texas.gov/sites/default/files/documents/le_careers_lic_requir_11.pdf

So how was Jowers allowed to gain employment in Law Enforcement in the state of Texas?

Did the Sheriff’s Department know about his OTHER THAN HONORABLE DISCHARGE when he was hired? Or did Jowers submit other information?

This would have happened years ago but it appears there was an amendment last year.

People can have their military discharges upgraded from a lower status. Jowers claims that he has worked in law enforcement for two decades, so he would have had to done it before securing employment.

STATEMENTS TO THE MEDIA

Jowers put out the following statement:

“I have something that I would like to say to the citizens of Callahan County, I deeply and wholeheartedly apologize for misleading you about my military service. I do have discrepancies on my DD 214 from 30 years ago and I’m currently working on correcting those. The problem was this, I had a couple of tragic accidents that happened in my family that caused me to be released from the military a year early. I received an “Other Than Honorable Conditions”. I feel that that is no one‘s business but mine and my family’s. I’m not a Navy SEAL, a Green Beret, or an Airborne Ranger.

I sincerely and completely apologize for saying that at the forums. I was upset and angry at a certain person, and let my emotions get the best of me. If I have offended any military or citizen I do apologize. I love my country, I love my military, and I love Callahan County.

I am not and have not attempted to use my military service to sway citizens to vote for me. My military service is NOT a part of my platform as I have said many time.

I feel that this is an extremely ugly race and I know that people are tired of seeing ugly things on Facebook. I pray that this will soon be over and we can all get back to our normal lives. I am not perfect and I have made many mistakes and I’ve learned from all of them. Thank you and God bless.”

Although Jowers came out and seemingly played down his prior claims saying that he was not running on his military record, he still made the comments about being an Airborne Ranger and “taking a bullet for his country.”

There was some value gained from such statements. One cannot deny that. Maybe some people didn’t care, but others do.

Although it is hard to measure with each individual voter, it could be valued in terms of influence.

. . . . .

STOLEN VALOR

It sounds like Rick Jowers had some tragic mitigating family circumstances that contributed to his OTHER THAN HONORABLE DISCHARGE. However, he had a very long time to have those records corrected. Instead, it appears that he chose to embellish upon the lies he was already living.

If the claims by Ricky Jowers were used to leverage work, military or civilian promotions, or anything else of value, he may have been in violation of Stolen Valor laws. State laws may also apply.

 

Category: Army Poser, Politics, Valor Vultures

Comments (326)

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  1. Green Thumb says:

    So the question at hand in my mind is are they going to fight to see who wins?

    I imagine one will be scared and the other would be glad of it.

  2. marinedad61 says:

    Is there a way to enlarge the click spot for
    << Older Comments ?
    And/or add more of these click spots?

    I worry that new fans (currently from Texas)
    miss the whole blog, and don't see, or can't find,
    their way around the blog comment screens.

    Thanks.

  3. Keepin' It Real says:

    I applaud the fine people of Callahan County Texas for showing good character and integrity when faced with a tough situation.

    On the other hand, Elko Nevada is like a sleazy woman in a seedy pick-up bar. She knows the guy is lying to her but she’ll go home with him anyway.

  4. IDC SARC says:

    Slow down folks, the man earned an Army Service Ribbon…they don’t just hand those out to anybody. Obviously, we are in the presence of greatness.

  5. The Stranger says:

    That movie poster!
    The approval meme!
    Shit’s gettin’ real up in this piece!😂🤣🙃

  6. Hack Stone says:

    On the plus, all of these shenanigans in Callahan County just may be the shot in the arm that The Dutch Rudder Gang needs to boost its membership.

  7. Martinjmpr says:

    Ricky: The biker from the Village People called. He wants his mustache back.

    • Mustang Major says:

      I am still waiting for the news story on Ricky Jowers pulling out of the sheriff’s race. Doubt if he will resign his job as I am sure his employment options are nil (Ricky- read as almost zero.) and the current sheriff has no interest in firing him.

      The citizens of the county should hustle and find a write-in candidate or else they will have a proven liar as sheriff.

      • Steve Balm says:

        Last reliable word I got… are you ready for this?

        [DRUM ROLL PLEASE]

        BOTH candidates – Foley and Jowers – are staying in the Sheriff’s race despite previous announcements.

        Apparently, circumstances have changed and they both need the job and the money.

        Only in America!

        • Mustang Major says:

          Incredible!

          “I am running for Sheriff because I need a job.” Would be the most honest words to come from these clown’s mouths.

          Keepin’ It Real should make his campaign artwork available for download for the good citizens of Callahan County. The citizens could then plaster the county with the handout/posters.

        • Comm Center Rat says:

          So they’re not running for Sheriff to “Serve and Protect” the good citizens of Callahan County?

          Judas Iscariot betrayed The Christ for 30 pieces of silver so I’m not surprised two military phonies would prostitute themselves for $40K a year and the promise of a pension.

          Some honest active or retired LEO needs to enter this race as a write-in candidate real quick to prevent future perversion of justice.

        • marinedad61 says:

          More….

          Until ex Clyde PO Leroy Foley is convicted of anything,
          he remains eligible to become Sheriff.

          Until current Deputy Sheriff Rick Jowers is proven INELIGIBLE to have ever been trained or employed in LE
          (due to his DD-214 General Discharge),
          he remains eligible to become Sheriff.

          I can’t wait to see video of the next town hall.

      • Ret_25X says:

        I’m confident they already have a proven liar as sheriff…

        Just saying

  8. Told ya so says:

    Why would the current sheriff of Callahan County still support this candidate? Why hasn’t he opened an investigation like Clyde PD did. Is he just as crooked as the chief deputy his “right hand man.” The people of Callahan County need to write in and vote in a real candidate.

  9. Charles says:

    I think both candidates should be placed in the back of a C-130 Hercules, and one minute from the drop zone, each “Airborne Ranger” is given a T-10 or T-11 parachute. They have one minute to don said parachute and prepare for exit. At the end of the minute each is tossed off the tailgate.
    It would be a simple PASS-FAIL test.
    I’ve been retired for 20 years, and my last Army paratroop jump was in 1984, but I could still don main and reserve, hookup, and be ready for exit in one minute.

  10. Hack Stone says:

    Does All Points Logistics have a branch office in Callahan County? If not, they should, since the location seems to have a plethora of the type of individual who could be a senior executive.

  11. marinedad61 says:

    Oh, Boy.
    I predict there will be a TAH Page 2 on Rick Jowers.

    I’ve just seen what someone in Callahan County, Texas
    is about to email to MP.
    I gave emailing advice and directions,
    so MP should have new documents this evening.

    This isn’t over, by a long sh(cut)…. Airborne Ranger cadence.

    (I can say no more at this time. You won’t be disappointed.)
    Bookmark this page, now known as Rick Jowers Page 1.
    Enjoy the weekend, everyone.

    • marinedad61 says:

      UPDATES (2)
      (1) The hint above is now bouncing around Facebook in public.
      (Not verified as authentic, but it appears to be.)

      8/22/2007 Job Application
      The juicy tidbits are……
      Employment Experience: Army 11/86 – 4/(Blank)
      Job Title: Specialist 4
      Reason For Leaving: Dad Was Sick (No Discharge listed.)
      Work Performed:
      – Airborne Ranger
      – Howitzer 106 Self
      – (3rd line entry unreadable)

      If this job application is verified as real,
      supposedly an FOIA request to Taylor County, Texas,
      Rick Jowers has been rocking the
      AIRBORNE RANGER claim for over 12 YEARS.
      Not quite the same thing as the recent official apology,
      in which he called it a spur of the moment thing at a town hall.
      Also, failing to indicate Discharge.. is a big boo boo.

      (2) – Rick Jowers has taken earned leave (vacation)
      on Saturday, February 15.
      He has turned in his Sheriff’s car.

      This is getting interesting. Again.

  12. Skippy says:

    Stopped at a gas station in in Clyde yesterday
    The lady in the store saw me posing with two
    Campaign signs on the corner of the property
    I guess I’m not the first to do this since
    This drama broke out, I now have a photo souvenir
    😂😜😜😜😜

  13. Scotty says:

    I wonder if the cheese slayer is still unemployed? He would make an excellent candidate for sheriff in clusterf**k county TX

  14. marinedad61 says:

    ANOTHER RICK JOWERS UPDATE. (Scroll UP for earlier updates.)

    Just found on FakeBook.
    A post by Rick Jowers on his own FakeBook page.
    Sept 5, 2015
    A photo of Jowers, Foley, and the American Flag,
    with the photo caption
    “Two rangers in one place at one time!!!!”

    I sh-t you not.
    Geez, these guys.

  15. marinedad61 says:

    Big news today.
    Headline –
    Callahan County Sheriff says
    Chief Deputy (RICK JOWERS) will no longer work for the sheriff’s office

    (paste)
    BAIRD, Texas — Callahan County Sheriff Terry Joy said
    “(Chief Deputy) Rick Jowers will not be returning
    as an employee of the Callahan County Sheriff’s Office.”

    Jowers and his opponent in the sheriff’s race, Leroy Foley,
    have been under fire for nearly two weeks for allegedly misleading the public about their military service record.

    Jowers is technically still employed by the County.
    But, he’s sitting at home, collecting a check for vacation and holiday pay.

    His County vehicle has been taken away and remains in the parking lot.

    https://ktxs.com/news/local/callahan-county-sheriff-says-jowers-will-no-longer-work-for-the-sheriffs-office

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