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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — As we told you yesterday, some workers at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point in Brunswick County are worried about their jobs. The disabled veterans, who serve as security guards, say they’ll be let go because they won’t be able to pass newly enforced physical agility tests.

Today, Sunny Point commander Col. Joseph Calisto responded to our report with the following statement.

“The Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU) serves a critical mission as the primary transshipment location for the Department of Defense (DOD) ammunition and explosive cargo. The criticality of MOTSU to the DOD and the sensitivity of its unique mission cannot be understated.

“In 2009, the Department of the Army implemented changes to its regulation governing the Army Civilian Police and Security Guard Program to insure all security personnel continue to meet the highest standards of law enforcement.

“One of those changes established new physical ability testing requirements for all Army police and security guard personnel. The new physical ability testing requirements insure our police and security guards meet the physical fitness standards needed to perform the essential functions of their jobs.
As commander, the safety and security of my employees and installation are first and foremost. I rely heavily on my law enforcement team to safeguard our employees and the terminal’s mission.

“We are extremely grateful to the military veterans who serve on our law enforcement teams but we must also meet the regulatory law enforcement requirements directed by the Department of the Army. We will continue to diligently work with each individual on a case by case basis to attempt to identify alternate employment options if required.”

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  • Ammo28461

    Thank you for keeping the safety ans security of your employees and the terminal your first and foremost prority. I salute you Sir for your integrity and resolve to do what is right and not what is popular.

  • Gratefull employee

    for your dedication to keep us safe and secure. I see none of the coward gurds have commented on this article. I don’t understand what they are crying about…..they were warned years in advance. Also a shout out to the director of emergency services as well as the Cheif of police for standing behind this regulation and setting a standard.

  • Guest28461

    Such a political answer!!!! What he is really saying is “bye bye” to the guards that have been keeping the terminal safe and secure (some for 15-20 years) without being required to take the PAT!!!! This is really what the issue is. Those that were hired way before 2009 (which is actually when the regulation was signed/printed) or even 2006 (which is being report), they were not required to take a PAT as a condition of their employment. The Department of the Army hasn’t required them to take one for the duration of their employment, some are not medically cleared to take the PAT, which doesn’t mean they can’t accomplished the essential functions of the job, because they have been doing them since they were hired, with those disabilities mind you, 15-20 years ago. Our Veterans that served don’t feel the military “OWES” them anything but to be treated fair. And making someone choose to take a job in California (for example) or lose the one they have is NOT RIGHT. Most of these Veterans are retired and have made there lives here in North Carolina. I know people are going to comment negatively, however I ask that if you don’t know what you are talking about…SHUT UP!!!

  • Guest28699

    Please keep these vets at work…this economy is so bad; why would we want to let the people who help fight for our freedom down.

  • Help a Vet

    Wow, congrats on this buttery and flavorful BS. Safety and security- you have ignored the calls of the employees and have kept your ear to those GS12-14 who want nothing more than to get rid of the hardworking disable vets that just want jobs. You have ignored the fact that this base is not ready for any threat that may come our way. An SRT team that treats a female Brunswick County Deputy like crap by shooting a paint gun at her private parts. Wasting money on equipment that DO NOT WORK and projects that don’t even help with the integrity of the installation. Tax payer, we have wharves that have been washed out underneath from rain water, roads that have been washed out, too. Majority of the workforce, underpaid and overworked. We have the most prejudice base I have ever worked on. No one of any color has ever held a high paying position at MOTSU.Colonel, you have been hoodwinked. Stop listening to the West Point grads who couldn’t make it in the REAL Army and start listening to the people that do the WORK around here. All the West Pointers want to do is play ARMY with the men/women here at MOTSU. Slash their salaries and I believe you can get the roads, wharves, barriers, work stations, better equipment, etc that we need to do our JOBS!! Colonel soon you will be retired or God forbids have a disability, would you want to be denied having a job to provide for your family?

  • color blind

    It always come down to race when things don’t go the way you want them to. Oh and by the way you need to retake the OPSEC class. Your coronet on the installations readiness and if it is true or not puts all of your fellow coworkers in danger. This is the kind of stuff that terriosts love. If you hate the place so bad why stay? You have done way more than post your opinion and have crossed the lines and the code of conduct of a federal employee. You have a high paying position and are a person of color, so your statement is not accurate.

  • help vet keep job

    Colonel is not keeping you safe hard working disabled vets are! As you may know, we have been doing this for years & hopefully for many more. The colonel you are so fast to appraise is only a puppet to the GS13-14. A colonel would never leave anyone behind. The reason for this PAT is for the GS13-14 to become higher grades to get more money & to abuse their power, hire their friends,etc…Please call your representatives, congressman, president, there is trouble brewing at MOTSU. Tax payers open you eyes Remember Bassam, well it is plenty more of underhanded deals for sure. Help these vets keep their jobs at least they are hard working and not looking to scam the government like these overpaid, non working GS13-14 who make 6 figures and decide our fate just because we are bringing attention to their lazy butts.

  • BrigGen

    A General would not leave a soldier behind Either! You sue are some ungrateful former guards who make big money yourselves.

  • appaled

    wow powerfully comments….and accusations, I hope you can back them up. You have no respect for the individual’s in your command. Fact is you would never ever say it to their face! for fear of your own cushy job! remember smarter not harder? not to hard to figure out who you guys are. social websites such as “Twitter” and Facebook are getting a lot of people in trouble for running their lips. I hope no one informs them on who you really are, especially when you talk trash openly in your cubicals in front of other employees.

  • response to wow powerfully

    If you want to know who I am meet me in Boiling Springs Lake…by the way proof will come. All things done in the dark comes to light. THE MOLE, big brother is always watching.

  • Wow Powerfully

    What is done in the dark, will come to light. Sincerely the MOLE. Believe me, BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING gathering hard evidence. And, I am not who you think I am!

  • wiley

    Do yu miss me yet, your old chief steward and President of local 1708

  • Retired Firefigter

    A standard has been set. Everyone involved should be professional enough to meet the standard.

    The only ones making the beef about disability are the “disabled” ones.

    If you are a guard, you feel your employment is in question, consider what your mission is. To protect a logistical hub for a multitude of miltary roles and responsibilities. Ammo, trucks, tanks and the like.

    I don’t think a platoon of Navy Seals, Delta Operators or Marines are required to meet that mission, but I do think it is prudent that competent and physically able personnel are the only responsible choice.

    There are other jobs where disabled vet’s are given preference in hiring. Don’t forget to pay the troll.

  • Ammo1738

    Dear Sunny Point Security Guards,

    All you have to do is fall asleep while patrolling. Have someone, preferrably a supervisor, take your picture while you are kicked back. They will give you 45 days off, but then you get a higher paying position in another department….isn’t that right “JB”?

    *Ammo1738 says: “You don’t have to run a mile and a half to be an armed security guard. Instead, shoot straight and stay awake long enough to actually see a possible threat in time to defend yourself and your area of responsibility.”

  • Color blind


    Any person in Government service should: 

    1. Put loyalty to the highest moral principals and to country above loyalty to Government persons, party, or department.

    2. Uphold the Constitution, laws, and legal regulations of the United States and of all governments therein and never be a party to their evasion.

    3. Give a full day’s labor for a full day’s pay; giving to the performance of his duties his earnest effort and best thought.

    4. Seek to find and employ more efficient and economical ways of getting tasks accomplished.

    5. Never discriminate unfairly by the dispensing of special favors or privileges to anyone, whether for remuneration or not; and never accept for himself or his family, favors or benefits under circumstances which might be construed by reasonable persons as influencing the performance of his governmental duties.

    6. Make no private promises of any kind binding upon the duties of office, since a Government employee has no private word which can be binding on public duty.

    7. Engage in no business with the Government, either directly or indirectly which is inconsistent with the conscientious performance of his governmental duties.

    8. Never use any information coming to him confidentially in the performance of governmental duties as a means for making private profit.

    9. Expose corruption wherever discovered.

    10. Uphold these principles, ever conscious that public office is a public trust.

  • I’m commenting on behalf of wounded warriors in an effort to help promote and support service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. Many wounded warriors are coming home, getting out of the military and jobs are very limited. Therefore many have decided to start their own businesses in an attempt to survive and support their families. In an effort to help, we have created the Wounded Warrior Directory at VeteransDirectory.com. Please help us let others know about these businesses and this cause. Thank you!

  • $

    Libel is a common law tort, governed by state law, in which an individual makes a written “publication” of a defamatory statement of and concerning the plaintiff that damages the reputation of the plaintiff.

    Most jurisdictions also recognize “per se” defamation, where the allegations are presumed to cause damage to the plaintiff. Typically, the following may consititute defamation per se:

    Attacks on a person’s professional character or standing;
    Allegations that an unmarried person is unchaste;
    Allegations that a person is infected with a sexually transmitted disease;
    Allegations that the person has committed a crime of moral turpitude;

    I hope you guys posting have good lawyers, I do! and all will be held accountable! I hope the chain of command gets their lawyers also. You all will be traced back to your IP address and for those using govt. computers your CAC card.

  • Veteran of FW’s

    1st your references to Bolivia [I would assume you mean it has no extradition laws to the US] and Accountability in alluding to case of libel are Ludicrous as Libel is a civil case and not criminal. 2nd Tracking back to an IP on a Govt machine [Via Bluecoat Logs/reports] would only show which machine went to a site not what or if they posted anything. Nor would a IE history search, by machine, by profile. There are multiple machines and multiple profile on each machine as it would yield the same result, that they went to a site, not what or if they posted anything.
    The only way to prove who said what would be the website host [WWAY] to release that information, and due to a certain ‘Freedom of the press’ measure I doubt that would get very far. And discussion of having people take this to their State lawmakers leaves me dumfounded, as this is a Federal matter.
    The vicious jabs, insults, counter-insults, and claims of he-did, he-said this and that, are unequivocally deplorable. The Command has supported the Vets for years and has come to a point where they have no other choice but enforce the regulatory guidance as dictated in the AR. Insulting the Commander and his staff won’t help. If you disagree with this provision you have alternatives, comply with the guidance, contact your US congressman with your grievance, request a waiver, resign and look for another job.
    This discussion on this public forum has succeeded in bringing out the ugliness and dirty laundry that the majority of the people on the base abhor. Gentleman, as all of us Vets know only one thing in life never changes, and that is that there are always going to be changes to your life. Let this forum please continue in a civil fashion, and respect each other as we are men and women all working for the same Uncle [Sam].

  • Anne

    The Civ Army Police at MOTCO are getting hammered. Many are vets and some disabled however still doing the job. We were transfered over into the army in 2008. No only have some of the officers taken this test they forced some who failed to take it again 30 days later. Meanwhile the younger guards are being sent to police academys. and there is a limit as to how many present officers they intend to keep. MOTCO even disregards letters from private doctors unless its written a certain way to be used against you later. They want older people out yete the job are boring to much younger officers who prefer to work outside on the streets. Some if not most want to retire in the next couple of years yet are suffering under the hands of people acting as though will will not get old themselves. Vet with years of law enforcement have been trying to get a waiver from the army academy since 2008 because MOTCO wants to send the vets to fail and be fired

  • Anneonethere

    Sorry about the type o above my keey bord is full of something sticky left by my two little ones. I have famly who are vets and some disabled we have both gards and police in our famly and everyone is so unhappy on the job.

  • who cares

    I have read many comments here I understand and feel the pain and how sad the shame. With most of this I feel it best said Judge Not Least You Be Judge. If a person young, old or disable can do the job well the job is being done. taking a test one a year does not mean that on day 100 you cant do your job or on day 75 you did not do your job. People young or old or disabled who pass the PAT still can get sick on any given day and not feel like doing the job. With all due respect to Solders ,Guards, Police or other who are young and stronge you are at risk just like the rest of the human race who will die some day. Wars are faught over sea’s by the young and strong how many have lost their young lives protecting and being human they get tired too. In protecting this world of ours even a dog can serve yet how cold the human is treated. I say to you lets hope the creator is not disable, older, of another race or a guard because actions cause reactions when you take away a job for reasons not necessary. Many Vets and others will retire so let them go in peace or be all they can be. We all are in need of improvement but you just thought “I can still do the job” and when the vet or disable or older is gone someday they will be protecting their own home front and loveone’s with great skill and care while the rest of you will be happy to be guarding whatever. Life is short be careful what you wish for or who you pick on. In a very short in time you will start to feel your young life being sucked right out of you so stick with it. Skip parties and holidays and don’t get injured soon your well on your way to being a top notch officer. When this Vet departs I expect nothing but perfection from you since you’r not disable or older or the wrong color or just born different ” whoope” the bases will be safer now and you can prove it once a year with a PAT. Shame on you Army just maybe the care packages like meals oe video games will not be sent by me next year. I agree we all need to take better care of our selves however the bad people most likely will go through a hole in the fence instead of over the fence so all younger PAT winner’s make sure that you jump over the fence instead of the hole an no cheating.

  • Tell the truth

    Certain examinations are open only to preference eligibles as long as such applicants are available. These are custodian, guard, elevator operator and messenger.

    There is no requirement to hire disabled vets! they can hire 5 or 10 point preference veterans. this requirement is for examinations only not appointments. If no 5 or 10 point vet is available they can hire a non veteran.


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