Letter in Support of Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV

February 28, 2011 By
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I received this email from a well-placed source and have permission to share it here. I would add my name to the list if it would do any good. As it stands, I support General Caldwell and would follow him anywhere. He’s a Soldier’s General and one of the most competent guys I know, fully deserving of all four of those stars.

Letter in Support of Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV

The recent article in Rolling Stone about the conduct of LTG William Caldwell is totally contrary to our experience with him, and his conduct as an officer and leader.

We have jointly dealt with, spoken with and listened to LTG Caldwell more than a hundred times and collectively spent thousands of hours working together. We have seen him interact with the leaders of our nation, its military, the media and the public at large. He is, and has always been, honest and professional.

He has been beyond reproach, humble to a fault, unfailingly supportive of civilian leadership and the military chain of command, and a skeptic of anyone who suggests an officer in the United States is anything less. The accusations of a disgruntled officer do not reflect the person or leader we know and are totally disconnected with the reality we have experienced.

The accusations, as reported in this article, misrepresent the operational and command environment in Afghanistan. First, LTG Caldwell’s command does not have a psychological or information operations unit assigned within its structure, because it does not have the authority or the need to have such an entity.

If LTC Michael Holmes had a concern about illegal behavior, why didn’t he exercise his obligation to confront LTG Caldwell directly? It is not just the right of any officer in the United States Army to refuse an illegal order, it is his obligation.

Additionally, the suggestion that any effort was designed to win a “fourth” star for LTG Caldwell rings hollow from its core. LTG Caldwell is not a star shopper, nor a reward seeker. He has led men in combat and peace, and every time those around and above him have recognized his natural command and leadership abilities. The man we know would never endorse or condone any such efforts to promote himself above anyone else. He wouldn’t need to.

By all means the Army should investigate these charges, and should misconduct be found, punish people accordingly.

Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) recently said he did not need convincing that we must increase the size and capabilities of the Afghan Security Forces: “I have never needed any convincing on this point. Quite the opposite, my efforts have been aimed at convincing others of the need for larger, more capable Afghan security forces.”

We have all seen or been presenters to Senator Levin and his colleagues. They are not rubbers stamps, and certainly not pushovers of our military’s policies. Senator Levin is a steadfast advocate for doing what he believes is right. Trying to influence Senator Levin’s perceptions would backfire miserably.

The truly unfortunate aspect of this episode of is that an exceptional military leader and person has become ensnared in an unfortunate drama.

Our military and our nation must focus on succeeding in Afghanistan. Our nation and military needs more William Caldwells.

Signed,

Glenn Ayers, COL, USA Retired
Claude Chafin, former Director of the White House Iraq Fusion Cell
James Davis, former Special Assistant, OSD Public Affairs
Erin Healy, former Director of Communications Outreach, Office of Secretary of Defense, Public Affairs
Pete Hegseth, Chairman of Vets for Freedom, CPT, USA
Robert Holmes, BG, USA Retired
Tom Jones, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, CAPT, USN Retired
Rebekah Lovorn
Paul McKellips
Caryn Nesmith
Mark Pfeifle, former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications
Kris Purcell
John C. Roberts, Foreign Service Officer, Acting Public Affairs Officer Baghdad, 2005 – 2007
Dorrance Smith, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs
Howard Snow, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, LtCol, USMC Retired
Dan Stanley, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs
Steve Susens
Jonathan Thompson, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs

33 Responses to Letter in Support of Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV

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  2. i support lt gen william b caldwell…… our nation needs him.. i salute you sir!..

  3. I would like to meet this great LT.William B. Caldwell , and have the honor of shaking his hand, he truly is a leader.

  4. Robbin Clavius

    Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell seems to be a very interesting General. He gets the job done. I would really like to meet this important man in person. I understand there’s a meeting sometime soon in Atlanta,it would be a good time to do so. How can i get to shake his hand in person?

  5. Johanna Pieters

    William Caldy, I am a big fan of you, please contact me

  6. General William Caldy, i am one of your big fans,you did a great job.I have great respect for you.Thats true the nation need you.

  7. We need you, Lt. General William B. Caldwell!! Keep up the good work!! God Bless You! You are definitely in my prayers!

  8. I would like to speak with you, take care yourself, Lt. William B. Caldwell, USA need people like you, please contact me

  9. Dear william ,I’m in ausralia and i think all you people are doing a great job.What I need to tell you is that someone is posing as you through skype.He contacted me for a while in january this year.

  10. Dear William, I am in Kyrgyzstan, you for people does much and well, for it to you Thanks! That I should tell to you, – that someone represents from itself(himself) you on Skype.

  11. he has been misrepresented on the internet, talking to women asking for money for his daughter.i think this is a scam. I have talked on the net many times with this person. someone is protraying him and his good name.

  12. Dear Lt Gen William Caldwell,
    I am one of your big fans in our country Philippines..Keep up the good work!! I salute you Sir?
    That i should tell to you,that someone represents from itself you on Skype and Yahoo…i think this is scam.at this point
    anything if the scammer actually a man remember think’s you’r interested you will get more personal attention..the person is “Fake”the picture are usually stolen from internet usually do no depect anyone involved in the scam..thanks God bless you and you are always in my prayers…

  13. Mr.General William Caldwell I,m from Macedonia and somone really represents himself as you on Skype I wanted to ask him who is he but he doesn,t answer! My best regards to You and Americans as well.

  14. Dear Lt Gen William Caldwell,
    I´m agree You have been misrepresented on internet, talking to women on Skype.
    I´m in Madrid. This August (2012) I´m received an apply for friendship on Skype. Someone is dyrting your good name.
    El mundo necesita personas como usted. Gracias por su labor.
    M.Teresa

  15. What an honor to be part of this to salute the Lt.gen.William B. Caldwell.Sir,you are doing a great job .Your picture shows that you are also a wonderful person and GOD BE WITH ALWAYS…

  16. I do admire your work …Sir. LT.GEN.WILLIAM B. CALDWELL you are a Mesiah….GOD BE WITH YOU ALWAYS.

  17. LT.GEN.WILLIAM B. CALDWEL IV was my housemate in Harvard in the 90s. Please can anyone link me to him again perhaps through e-mail? Thanks. Akin

  18. i SEE I AM HIS LATES VICTIME, OR SO HE THINKS, LOL. i CAUGHT ON AS SOON AS I SAW …. GEN. WILLIAM B cALDWELL WOULD LIKE TO ACCEPT YOU AS HER FRIEND ON YAHOO.COM, her FRIEND. IN 20 MINUTES HE WAS IN LOVE WANTS TO COME HOME FROM AFGANASTAN AND MARRY ME ….. ooooookkkkk, i THINK I WILL PLAY WITH HIM LIKE HE HAS DONE SO MANY OTHERES.
    i HATE LIERS, THIEVS AND CHEATS…..
    tHANK YOU AND I WILL KEEP AN UP DATE ON HERE, WILL SAFE ALL TRANSCRIPTS AS HE WILL ONLY DO MESSENGER WITH ME BUT IT SAVES ALL CONVERSATIONS.
    i AM SORRY THAT YOU ARE A VICTIME OF THIS GEN. SIR

  19. TE SALUT SI TE FELICIT PENTRU MERITURILE TALE EU SINT CARMEN RUMINCA CONTACTEAZAMA PE SKIPE CARMEN GABRIELA DANCIU

  20. CONTACTEAZAMA PE MESANGER NUME SPERANTZA.RO44 SINT CARMEN GABRIELA

  21. I am the next victim as we speak i am getting IM ‘s from him. However he has also sent me email and today offered to video chat with me if it would put my suspicions at ease. How sad to see people do this and use a great mans name. It discusts me. He started yesterday and I caught things not right pretty fast. i thought today got rid of him but obviously not as like i said as I am writting this he is asking me on Im to please respond it is important. I have saved everything from IM’s to emails, pictures and so forth. Just crazy and I do not like games liars and cheaters, or fake people. So disgusted

  22. I need contact to General Caldwell is very important Thanks

  23. Narlita Nuesca Cooper

    im the next victim and he wants me as a friend true and loving friend that may lead to lasting relationship.He ask me help to release the box and it will delivered to me. and when he retiired he will come to marry me after the box arrived. i dont think that this well honored highly official from army can do this. how i hate liars cheaters and faking people

  24. Sir William Caldwell, I am the present victim of this impostor using your name and picture. He tried to contact me only last March 30,2013 up to this day through skype. Honestly i don’t have any idea about you Sir as a person. Out of curiosity i search for your name and i was amazed upon knowing that you are a very respectable and well known person. I was about to be hooked by this impostor,because of sweet words of love he is using. I’m 65 years of age single, but he told me age is just a number. Upon reading many articles about you , i told to myself, my God this is so impossible for me to be loved by this very well known person, and that’s gave me an idea that this person is an impostor. Sir hope you can do something about this person who are trying to fool ladies like me. God blessings be with you always Sir!

  25. I passionately believe that Lt.Gen.Caldwell is an honourable man. Somebody wants to provoce him and slander him. There are swindlers who write letters and send them on skype to deceive people and get money. I also think that all these liars will be punished. I support William Caldwell. He is a real man.

  26. Would like to know and see the General, I think I came across same story. Long lasting relationship, box of money to receive, marriage, just the same as the ladies indicated, it is said, how can somebody play games with a name of a person who has a right to leave his life without this implications, besides how far can a lie travel.the devil is exposed by the only true God.

  27. victoria gonzalez

    I am the victim from the scam people I live in California, sombady find me in Skype, he toll me is a GENERAL WILLIAMS B CALDEWELL, honestly I don’t know anything abaut you, this person he start tooking abaut the true love, this problem happen in may 2013, he toll me he love me a lot, and I belive everything he write for me and toll me hi’s tooking abaut the marry whit me, hi’s gone came to California, when he retaiment, his gone open bisnesess but when he know aready I fall in love whit the general he ask me abaut the mony, I send mony for him because I believe everything, I want to say somthyng for you the real GENERAL WILLIAMS, you need to do somthyng, abaut your name, this people make mony under you name, and I thing, you are a honourable man I pray for you GOD BLESS YOU

  28. i am also a victim from scamers i live in germany they contacted me first on skype then on facebook its. lt gen william caldwell thay said and had fallen in love with me ,also wanting to come to me to kiel i felt
    realy loved and i fell so in love with him i was a happy women , then he asked if i would lend him some money i would get it back he said when he comes to germany he needed help to transport 2 trunk boxes i let him 1,444
    euros then he needed more he said then i woke up realising i is a scammer i whent to our police to put in for a prosicution so now its running from the 25,05.2013 i hope they get them our lt gen william caldwell has not deserved this i woul love to meet him in person he has my highest respects god bless him i am british and german
    national i love the storys about him and respect the army from the US and UK i pray for you .

  29. he contacted me yesterday i have copyed the mails and the krimminal police are sorting this out .he person still says he is the general william calwell and still loves me i said i don´t believe him . they are so stubbon and still keep on sending emails and messages they are terribel.inbetweentime i have read all that i can over, lt gen william b caldwell
    iv ,so they wont do that again to me i felt so silly falling in love with him all i can say is sorry i have learnt through this
    i musst see and speak to the person first then judge for such a respectable man. thats not beeing right my heighest respects for ths lovely man

  30. я тоже попала на этого мошенника и до сих пор он с меня просит помощь о переводе денег за мой счет.говорит ,что любит ,что у него сын 13лет. и что у него миллионы вот только перевезет .их в Россию.так сразу и все отдаст и еще мне заплатит за помощь. Уважаемый генерал Уильям Калдвел ! до каких пор ВЫ будете терпеть этих самозванцев? я ведь могу теперь подать в Суд ООн на вас за мошенничество и вымогательство денег. неужели ваше хваленое ЦРУ не вычислит их. у меня больная мама ,а я все деньги им заслала. и сижу в долгу и кредиторы окружили. помогите.ЛЮди!

  31. Dear William B. Caldwell, IV

    This week on skype from your name the inquiry arrived.
    The purpose – carrying out monetary frauds, and also extortion of money for your only son.
    These actions can be regarded as fraud.
    These people discredit your good name and a name of your son.

    With deep respect, Frolova Alla. Russia. Moscow.

  32. what i know is lt,gen.william b caldwell is a very respected and honored man with dignity.as far as i know one man from GHANA is impersonating his good name..i think this is the job of this man from Ghana..just to get easy money to his victim…To those victims how you believed in this scammer..do you know that a lt.gen.is a very busy man..no time in chatting with you guys…THINK..

  33. i think it is time for the truth to come out i was also just asked from this man to be his wife after only a few weeks .if the real one is the real deal then in time it will happen ,if not then the usa goverment does need to step in and find out who has be hacking in to his accounts .it is bad enough in this world now you have hackers and the tailban using a persons good name .enough already we have the right to see the real lt gen william caldwell

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