Iron Order a criminal gang? Really?
So our base commander through the staff judge advocate put out a memo yesterday banning the wearing or display of any kind of gang related emblems. First I was more than a little surprised that we might have any kind of problem with gang members on a military base, but in hindsight it might apply more to contractors coming in for construction or service jobs, delivering fuels and freight, landscapers and the like.
But what bothered me is that in this laundry list of criminal organizations included on the memo was Iron Order. They have them mixed in with Le Emme, Hells Angeles, MS-13 and the like. I don't get it. I don't have much for choppers and people dressing up like pirates on the weekend. Copping a tude and acting tough look more comical than threatening to me. Arrrrr, maytey, shiver me timbers you look like a Barbary Pirate on that Star motorcycle with the deafening pipes. But criminal? I just don't see it. The few Iron Order members I know all seem pretty community and family oriented. The guy next door is prospecting (I wanted to say pledging, lol) with them and his wife has the keys to my home. I tell her to bring her kids over during the day and tire my doggies out. He turns wrenches on F/A-18s for a living. Criminal gang member? What are the JAG corps smoking? Sad, isn't it. I hope Iron Order sues the bejeezus out of the base commander and his staff judge advocate. Calling law abiding citizens criminals like that is bs. If you have evidence, prosecute otherwise keep your mouths shut.
I live in a parallel universe but have a vacation home in reality.