Jill Kelley On VIP List With Generals, Senators, And Florida Governor Rick Scott For Last Year's 'Army Ball'
The Petraeus scandal has become focused on Jill Kelley, the mysterious Tampa woman who reported harassing emails from David Petraeus' mistress to the FBI, leading to the investigation that ultimately cost the CIA director his job.
Several reports have shown that Kelley is a socialite who made her way into the highest of circles at MacDill Air Force Base — the home of U.S. Central Command.
Just how tapped-in was Kelley to the top-ranking officers of U.S. Central Command?
Every year, U.S. Special Operations Command hosts an "Army Ball" in Tampa, FL. The intent of the ball is "to host a prestigious, enjoyable event to celebrate the Army’s birthday," according to the operations order.
A draft of the VIP invite list for the 2011 Army Ball shows Kelley and her husband alongside a slew of top-level military officers in U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command, as well as politicians and other civic leaders.
The list gives you a sense of the kind of social circle that Jill Kelley had made her way into, as an "unpaid social liaison" at U.S. Central Command.
Dozens of flag officers are on the VIP list with the Kelleys, including General John Allen, who is now under FBI investigation regarding 20,000 to 30,000 "potentially inappropriate" pages of emails between him and Kelley.
Civilians on the VIP list (aside from spouses) are put down as "civic leaders," and they're mostly mayors, city council members, U.S senators, members of Congress, university presidents, heads of commerce departments — even a Medal of Honor recipient.
And she wasn't just going to the military's parties — the generals were coming to her home as well.
A report from the Tampa Bay Times notes that the Kelleys' mansion became the "place to be seen" for high-ranking officers. The Kelleys even hosted Petraeus' goodbye party at their house.
Interestingly, the first in the series of anonymous harassing emails Paula Broadwell sent to Kelley referred to Kelley socializing with generals. Broadwell "suggested it was inappropriate and should stop," according to a source who spoke with NBC News.
As for the Army Ball, there were 45 General-level officers on the list (most were with their spouses, and some were retired), from the USA, Great Britain, Australia and Canada.
Here's a sampling of the names on the VIP invite list with the Kelleys, and their roles at the time (April 2011):
General James Mattis, USMC, Commander, USCENTCOM
Admiral Eric Olson, USN, Commander, USSOCOM
Lieutenant General John Allen, USMC, Deputy Commander, USCENTCOM
Lieutenant General David Fridovich, USA, Deputy Commander, USSOCOM
Major General Joseph Votel, USA, Chief of Staff, USSOCOM
Major General Michael Jones, USA, Chief of Staff, USCENTCOM
Major General Charles Cleveland, USA, Commander, SOCCENT
Major General Clive "Chip" Chapman, GBR, Sr. British Military Adviser, USCENTCOM
Rick Scott, Governor, State of Florida
Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator
Bill Nelson, U.S. Senator
Kathy Castor, Congresswoman, 11th District
C.W. "Bill" Young, Congressman, 10th District
Artheia Joyner, State Senator, District 18
Bob Buckhom, Mayor of Tampa
Bill Foster, Mayor of St. Petersburg
Not bad company for an "unpaid social liaison."
I wasn't interested in this Petraeus scandal at first. But it seems to be snowballing and I am wondering what it might turn into. I am reminded of the Kay Griggs interview. "The military is run by the mob." I don't think my eyes have ever been as wide opened as after I listened to Kay Griggs.
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