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It just doesn’t end. Review Finds More Bush Military Records. At this point, I’m not sure it is the level of corruption, or the reality that the Pentagon and the TANG don’t know how to properly store anything so they can find it. They claim they found one box of papers covered in rat sh*t.

Weeks after Texas National Guard officials signed an oath swearing they had turned over all of President Bush’s military records, independent examiners found more than two dozen pages of previously unreleased documents about Bush.

The two retired Army lawyers went through Texas files under an agreement between the Texas Guard and The Associated Press, which sued to gain access to the files. The 31 pages of documents turned over to AP Thursday night include orders for high-altitude training in 1972, less than three months before Bush abruptly quit flying as a fighter pilot.

The discovery is the latest in a series of embarrassments for Pentagon and Texas National Guard officials who have repeatedly said they found and released all of Bush’s Vietnam-era military files, only to belatedly discover more records. Those discoveries — nearly 100 pages, including Bush’s pay records and flight logs — have been the result of freedom of information lawsuits filed in federal and Texas courts by AP.

A Texas National Guard spokesman defended the continuing discoveries, saying Guard officials didn’t find all of Bush’s records because they are disorganized and in poor shape.

“These boxes are full of dirt and rat (excrement) and dead bugs. They have never been sitting in an uncontrolled climate,” said Lt. Col. John Stanford. “It’s a tough task to go through archives that were not set up in a way that you could easily go through them.”

…The newly released documents include a January 1972 order for Bush to attend three days of “physiological training” at Laredo Air Force Base in Texas. His Texas payroll and attendance records, released earlier, show Bush was credited for serving on active duty training for the three days involved.

At the time, pilots had to renew their high-altitude training every three years, said retired Maj. Gen. Paul A. Weaver, Jr., a former head of the Air National Guard. Bush’s first altitude training came in 1969 when he was in pilot school at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.

The training involved instruction about the effects of lack of oxygen on the body and exercises in which the pilots are exposed under supervision to the thin air of high altitudes. The purpose is to familiarize pilots with the effects of lack of oxygen so they can recognize them and take appropriate action to avoid blacking out at the controls.

The altitude training came six weeks before Bush began an unexplained string of flights on two-seat training jets and simulators. On April 12, 1972, Bush took his last flight in the single-seat F-102A fighter.

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