He is the highest ranking member of our military to be born in Iraq, yet he says he’s discriminated against? It’s kind of like having a black President and saying most Americans are racist… wait how’d that happen?
Just another sore loser looking to make waves.
via Detroit Free Press: A military officer of Iraqi descent said he was passed over for promotion in the Michigan Army National Guard because of his ethnicity, according to a complaint filed Wednesday.
Lt. Col. Jason Awadi, a Dearborn native who is currently a strategist with the chief of staff of the Army in Washington, D.C., said he was passed over for promotion this summer. Instead, lesser qualified whites were promoted, he alleges in a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
His attorney, Nabih Ayad of Detroit, says there is a pattern of minorities being discriminated against in the Michigan Army National Guard under the leadership of Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and Adjutant General for the Michigan Guard.
In the complaint, Ayad wrote: “Of the 8 director level positions in the Guard, zero are held by minorities. Prior to the appointment of General Vadnais, three directorships were held by minorities. However, all three were forced into retirement under similar circumstances and were replaced by nonminorities.”
In a statement released Thursday through a spokesman, Maj. Gen. Vadnais said: “The matter with LTC Jason Awadi is under investigation and the Adjutant General is prohibited from commenting as a result.”
He added: “The Michigan National Guard takes pride in being a diverse organization and that pride is evidenced by our presence in 43 communities around Michigan and an established history of having minorities in leadership positions. The Adjutant General maintains a robust equal opportunity program and will personally ensure that this matter is looked into and given the due process it deserves. The Adjutant General will provide more information when the issue is resolved and he is able to speak on the matter.”
Born in Iraq, Awadi said he has served with the Guard since 1995, working there full-time starting in 2002. He has served as a communications officer at Ft. Gordon in Georgia and in multiple combat tours. He was deputy director of military personnel at the Michigan Army National Guard in 2011-13.
Awadi became eligible earlier this year to be promoted to colonel and was selected for G6, division communication officer but was denied.He also was denied a promotion to G3, director of training.
But he was passed over for both promotions, which went to two whites, one of whom had been involved with drunk driving, according to the complaint.
According to his LinkedIn page, Awadi graduated from Fordson High School in Dearborn, Wayne State University with a bachelor’s degree, Davenport University with an MBA, and Norwich University with a master’s in Emergency Management.