Barbour's Military Appointment Under Scrutiny

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The man who blew the whistle on the alleged corruption in the Mississippi Air National Guard says he'll do everything he can to stop Governor-elect Haley Barbour's appointment of Major General Harold Cross as the state's adjunct general.

In a letter that he wrote Governor Elect Haley Barbour last month he said, "To say I am disappointed at your appointment of Maj. General Harold Cross as the new commander of the Mississippi National Guard is an understatement."

Colonel Joe Bryant Junior says Cross, currently second in command of the state's Army and Air Force National Guard, and is part of the problem that led to the allegations against the 186th Air Refueling Wing in Meridian.

Bryant said putting Cross in charge of the National Guard would discourage the effectiveness of the investigation and implementation of positive changes in the Guard.

Bryant blew the whistle on alleged wrongdoing at the 186th, leading to the 16 substantiated allegations in a two-ear investigation. That probe spawned a second investigation, which is still under way.

The allegations at the unit include racism, records, falsification, misuse of funds and other accusations against him in the first investigation of the 186th and denied any wrongdoing.

He said he's had no involvement in the current investigation, and the probe will not be affected by his appointment as adjunct general.

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