On Thursday, the Defense Department said that in order to blend in, special-operation forces often don the insignia of forces they accompany. On Friday, after Turkey complained, a spokesman called the action “unauthorized and inappropriate.”
The Washington Post has uncovered video from that GSA awards conference in November 2010, at which 200 people were treated to gifts such as time-and-temperature picture frames and drumsticks.
It's not in quite the same vein as the music videos from the Public Buildings Service's infamous Western Regions Conference in October 2010, but it's still pretty amazing to watch -- especially the part where attendees are exhorted to bang their drumsticks in rhythm, "keeping integrity and accountability to that bass beat."
Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.
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