Terrence Lakin, birther Lt. Colonel, found guilty of failing to report, becomes movement martyr
KHOW's Peter Boyles partly credits his number-one ratings to taking risks -- such as giving plenty of airtime to the birther controversy, which even Glenn Beck regards as loonbaggery. And he's got plenty of fresh fodder now that Greeley Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Lakin has been found guilty of refusing to deploy to Afghanistan unless President Barack Obama proved to Lakin's satisfaction that he was born in the U.S.
According to the Chicago Tribune piece linked above, Lakin's sentencing is expected today; he could receive as much as three-and-a-half years behind bars and dismissal from the Army.
As for Boyles, he's championed Lakin's cause since the jump. For an example of his advocacy, check out his interviews with Lakin's brother, Dr. Greg Lakin, which can be heard in four parts below. That's followed by our April post about Lakin's case.
Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Lakin, who's refusing to return to Afghanistan for a second tour until President Barack Obama produces proof that he was born in the U.S., is a Colorado native. Which makes perfect sense given the case of birther fever that continues to run through the state more than a year after Obama took office. Note the zeal for the subject of KHOW's Peter Boyles, who last year arranged for a birther billboard to be mounted, and recently debated syndicated yakker Glenn Beck about the issue (with Beck largely dismissing it). And then there's auto dealer Phil Wolf, who put up a controversial birther billboard of his own after providing space for a more generic message from the Boyles camp. Wolf successfully fought off a subsequent protest campaign against the placard, which remains visible off I-70 to this day.
According to Lakin in the video above, courtesy of the American Patriot Foundation, "Any reasonable person looking critically at the evidence currently in the public domain would have questions about president Obama's claim to be a natural-born citizen." Watch the clip and look below at Lakin's bio before reaching your own conclusion.
Who is LTC Terry Lakin
Lieutenant Colonel Terrence ("Terry") Lakin serves as Chief of Primary Care and Flight Surgeon for the Pentagon's DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic. He is the lead Flight Surgeon charged with caring for Army Chief of Staff General Casey's pilots and air crew. LTC Lakin, selected for promotion to Colonel, is a native of Colorado, whose residency is Tennessee.
LTC Lakin's numerous awards and decorations include the Army Flight Surgeon Badge, Combat Medical Badge, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Armed Forces Expedition Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon sixth award and the NATO service medal. He has served previously in Honduras, Bosnia, El Salvador, Korea, and Afghanistan.
For well over a year, LTC Lakin has asked through his chain of command and his Congressional delegation for proof that President Obama is Constitutionally eligible to serve as his Commander-in-Chief. He has explained to his superiors that he cannot understand how his Oath of Office to protect and defend the Constitution does not allow military officers to pursue this proof of eligibility.
LTC Lakin received military orders in late February for deployment to Afghanistan, including a requirement that he provide "copies of his birth certificate." LTC Lakin is prepared to provide a certified copy of his certification of vital record that lists his birth hospital, physician's name and other key information. He has provided this document for many other required processes, such as his commissioning into the military as an officer, his security clearance and his marriage license. He is the highest ranking officer to go public over this controversy and the first active duty officer to do so.
CURRICULUM VITAE (As of February 2010)
LTC (P) Terrence L. Lakin DO, MPH
* US Army, Medical Corps * Family Medicine, Board Certified * Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Board Certified * Aviation Medicine
c/o Commander, DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic OBJECTIVE: Provide quality medical care and wellness services to individuals, family members and organizations that are actively engaged in service to our country during the Global War on Terror. Contribute to these organizations in additional means to include: response, training, education, planning, policy improvement and implementation.
2010 Acupuncture for Providers course. Navy/DoD sponsored course
2005-2007 Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency, USUHS, Bethesda, MD
2005-2006 Masters in Public Health, USUHS, Bethesda, MD
1997-1999 Family Medicine Residency, Womack Army Medical Center, Ft. Bragg, NC
1993-1994 Internal Medicine Internship, Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, CO
1989-1993 University of Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine. D.O. Degree
1983-1988 Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO B.S. Biology Major
MEDICAL TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS
2008 Military Medical Humanitarian Assistance Course (MMHAC)
2007 Spirometry, NIOSH approved
2007-present Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Board Certified 2007
2000-present Family Medicine, Board Certified (recertification 2006)
2007 Medical Review Officer Certification (MRO)
2007 Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties (MMBC)
2006 Certified Independent Medical Examiner (CIME American Board of IMEs)
2006 Medical Effects of Ionizing Radiation (MEIR)
2006 Commercial Driver Medical Examiner certificate of completion
2006 Toxic Chemical Training Course (TCTC)
1994 Combat Casualty Care Course (C4)
1994 Army Flight Surgeon Course
Additional past medical certifications: ACLS, ATLS, PALS, NRP, ALSO, PHTLS, PHTLS Instructor, EMT Basic
Chief, Primary Care, DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
JUN 2009-present Chief of Primary Care and Flight Surgeon. Over-site and evaluator of 6 GS and 2 military physicians for clinic that averages over 180 patients a day, physician responder to Emergency Medical Responses within the Pentagon, lead organizer of provider CME training, medical guidance to Pharmacy, Laboratory and Immunizations sections. Flight Surgeon responsibilities included flight duty medical exams for Army and Navy flight status personnel. Undertook additional duties to provide full FS support to the Army's most important fixed-wing jet unit, USAPAT, which had critical mission of flying the Army and DoD VIPs and key leaders. Provided high quality medical care to include additional modalities of Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy and Acupuncture.
Program Manager, Occupational Medicine, USACHPPM, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland
AUG 2007-JUN 2009 Program Manager for Occupational Medicine. Supervise staff of 5. Consultants to world-wide Army Occupational Medicine issues, Health Hazard Assessments of new Army Material, Policy review and interpretation and development of new guidance recommendations. Support for Smallpox Epidemiology Response Team (SERT) and Special Medical Augmentation Response Team -- Preventive Medicine (SMART-PM). Special projects included: Member of DA Safety Biosafety Level-3 (BSL-3) Laboratory Pre-Operational Inspection team, TNT worker medical surveillance policy development, review/recommendations for Occupational Health electronic medical records for DoD, Precepting OEM residents.
Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency & MPH Program, USU, Bethesda, Maryland
JUL 2005-JUL 2007
Squadron Flight Surgeon, 3-4 Cavalry Squadron, 25th ID, OEF V Afghanistan
MAR 2004-JUL 2005 Responsible for all medical care aspects for combat squadron. Supervised 14 Combat Medics and 1 PA. Provided aviation medical care, supervision of MEDEVAC assets in western Afghanistan, Combat Casualty Care and small but frequent humanitarian aid to local nationals and the Afghan National Army.
Chief, Family Practice Clinic, US Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
AUG 2003-MAR 2004 Rated 6 GS medical providers, 5 military providers. Provided care for panel of 1400 beneficiaries and flight status personnel.
Flight Surgeon, Hawaii Regional Flight Center and USCG Air Station-Barbers Pt, Hawaii
2004-2005 Provided care to US Coast Guard Air Station 1 day/week. Program was an innovative inter-service contract method of cost savings for the Coast Guard.
OIC/Medical Director, Acute Care Clinic, USAHC-Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
OCT 1999-AUG 2003 Supervisor of 6 Contract Physicians, 4 RNs, 4 LPNs, and 18 Medics in busy Acute Care Clinic. Clinic provided care 18 hours/day, 7days/week, and 2 ambulances responding to 911 calls 24/7.
Resident, Family Medicine, Womack Army Medical Center, Ft. Bragg, NC JUL 1997-OCT 1999
Brigade Flight Surgeon, 4th Aviation Brigade, 1st AD, Bosnia and Germany OCT 1995-JUN 1997
Flight Surgeon, 4th-228th Aviation Regiment, Honduras SEP 1994-SEP 1995 Battalion
Intern, Internal Medicine, Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, CO JUN 1993-JUL 1994
CIVILIAN WORK EXPERIENCE
2006-present Volunteer, Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department, Lisbon, MD (inactive)
1987-1989 Volunteer Firefighter, Western Hills Fire Department, Greeley, CO
1988-1989 Emergency Medical Technician, Monfort Beef Packing Plant, Greeley, CO
1985-1986 Emergency 911-Dispatcher, Police and Fire Department, City of Greeley, CO
* American Academy of Family Physicians-Diplomat * Army Aviation Association of America-Member * Aerospace Medical Association-Member * American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine-Member * American College of Preventive Medicine-Member
* Maryland 2006-current * Colorado 1994-current * Hawaii 2000-2006
Selected for promotion to Colonel. Would pin on near June 2011.
Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal x 3, Army Achievement Medal x 2, Overseas Service Ribbon x 6, ARCAM, NDSM x 2, AFEM, GWOTE, GWOTS, AFSM, ASR and NATOMDL
Combat Medical Badge, Flight Surgeon Badge
Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award
* Acupuncture for Providers Course Navy sponsored, 300 Hours CME in progress * Residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine * Masters in Public Health * Force Health Protection Conference 2008, 2006 * Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians Conference-2005, 2002 * AMEDD Officer Advanced Course-2001 * CBRNE Instructor Trainer Course-2000 * Operational Aeromedical Problems Course-1995 * Dunker/HEEDS-1995 * Army Flight Surgeon Course-1994 * Combat Casualty Care Course-1994 * AMEDD Officer Basic Course-1990
BRIEFING ACTIVITIES/AREAS OF INTEREST
* Biosafety and Medical Surveillance of Biolab employees * Residential Radon exposure * Electro-magnetic field exposure * Tactical Combat Casualty Care * G-Forces in non-aviation activities * Roller coaster fatalities * Hypoxic muscle training (KAATSU) * Human factors in British Petroleum Texas City refinery mishap * History of civil aeromedical evacuation * Workers' compensation for federal employees * Pandemic Influenza and Psychosocial Support Issues
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