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His Former Commander Exposes Wild Horse Hater Ryan “Dinky” Zinke’s Navy SEAL Career and Defective “Moral Make-up”

By Don Progreba as published in The Montana Post on MAY 30th 2014

“Another installment in the Dinky Zinke Chronicles.  This was published in 2014 and points to Dinky Zinke being a scum-ball and stealing from the American Tax Payers to go home and visit Mommy YEARS AGO.  It appears that not a damn thing has changed and he obviously did not learn any lessons.  If Capt Bailey only knew, back then, how bad things would get.

Like the other horse eaters before him, Dinky needs to go.  Is ANYONE in the Administration listening out there?!?!?” ~ R.T.

“You gonna fly for FREE, baby!!!”

There have long been rumors about Senator Ryan Zinke’s tendency to both exaggerate his role as a Navy SEAL and to underplay the serious ethical violations that derailed his career, but given the privacy afforded those records, it’s always been difficult to detail the truth about Zinke’s career in the military.

Captain Larry Bailey, who commanded Zinke while he was in his SEAL class, recently wrote a letter detailing some of the problems with Zinke’s military career. What Bailey argues is what many of us who have watched Zinke’s career have also seen: “he is willing to do whatever it takes to reach the next level.”

In short, Bailey argues that Zinke misused Navy funds for personal travel and has inflated the importance of his role in Navy SEAL Team Six. Bailey writes, “He was never a commanding officer and was bypassed for possible consideration for promotion to captain as the result of his travel transgressions.”

No one here has questioned the value of Senator Zinke’s service to his nation in the military, but his tendency to inflate his own role and promote himself at the expense of the truth and even basic decency, has been the defining element of his political career.

Captain Bailey’s letter follows:

It is most unpleasant to write these words, as I have long considered myself a friend of Ryan Zinke.  In fact, he was in the first Basic UDT/SEAL (BUD/S) class to graduate under my command in 1985.  I remember him well and thought that he would have a stellar career.

He did have such a career until he showed a defect in his moral make-up, and the Left is already well aware of what he did, although perhaps not in so much detail as I go into.  They will, however, before the general election, so I have decided to anticipate them by providing this statement.

This information was provided to me by sources personally known to me and to those who were directly involved in the actions involving Ryan.

What did he do?  Simple—he used Navy (taxpayer) travel funds to make multiple trips from Norfolk, VA, to his home in MT, ostensibly to scout out training sites for his squadron.  The truth was that he went to work on some family property and, apparently, on one occasion, took two or three other Navy SEALs with him.

These trips not only involved airfare, but they also involved per diem and personal use of Navy time.  To his credit, Ryan, when confronted with his transgressions, admitted his culpability and paid back the funds he had expended.

Ryan’s moral failings, in my opinion, do not end with his being separated from his SEAL team over the travel scandal.  His political career has some questionable acts associated with it, to include his creation (with some heavy-hitting New York and Boston lawyers and PR people) of Special Operations for America (SOFA), a Political Action Committee, back in early 2012.  At that time, I sought out Ryan to work with me in establishing an umbrella organization of Special Operations Forces from all the services.

After looking carefully at the situation in which he was involved, I just didn’t feel comfortable getting hooked up with what was clearly going to be a high-donor operation and possibly geared to Ryan’s future political benefit.  That has turned out to be the case, as evinced by the fact that, almost immediately after Ryan declared his candidacy for the US House, he resigned as SOFA’s chairman and was given a grant from the very Political Action Committee he established.  That, to me, is not “conflict of interest;” it is “coincidence of interest.”

The account of what I have read about SOFA having its headquarters in property owned by the Zinke family that is across the street from the Zinke family home, further validates the “coincidence of interest” hypothesis.

As a retired Navy SEAL officer, I also take exception to the looseness with which Ryan described his Navy career. Depending on which bio one reads, he was “a” or “the” commander in a certain high-capability Navy SEAL Team. He was never a commanding officer and was bypassed for possible consideration for promotion to captain as the result of his travel transgressions.

He also has stated that former Cong. Allen West has endorsed his candidacy. I spoke with Colonel West personally and learned that, while he spoke kind words about Ryan, he did not endorse him. Subsequent to my conversation with him, Colonel West has made clear that that was not the case and will not be the case during the primary.

Having seen a heavily redacted copy of Ryan’s DD-214, which is a summary of his military career, I noted that, unlike his claim to have received two Bronze Stars for combat, he actually received them for meritorious service. Neither had the Combat “V” for Valor, which would have been the case had he earned the awards for combat.

The statement by a retired Navy SEAL Master Chief sums up the essence of Ryan’s character. The man told me personally that Ryan is PNG (persona non grata) at his old SEAL team, primarily for the misleading statements he has made about his rank and importance at that “special” team. That is a sad commentary on a man who had all the potential in the world and has, instead of coming clean about himself and his mistakes, tries to re-write his personal history in order to achieve political office.

I am certain that Ryan would have acquitted himself well if he had led his men in actual combat instead of being a theater manager of the combat units assigned to him.

I am sure that Ryan will do his best to rebut these serious allegations. He can prove me wrong by making his unredacted DD-214 available for public examination. I would like nothing better than to have been shown that I was wrong, but that won’t happen.

Why do I, a transplanted Texan living in NC, want to rupture more than one friendship over Ryan Zinke’s candidacy for the US House of Representatives? Simple—Ryan’s ambitions will not stop here. He has shown by his dissimulation of facts regarding his career that he is willing to do whatever it takes to reach the next level—in his case, the US Senate. I cannot abide that prospect, because THEN he is representing ME and every citizen of this land as a member of one of the world’s most prestigious deliberative bodies.

Larry Bailey


Chocowinity, NC

8 replies »

  1. This statement sums him up very well, “his tendency to inflate his own role and promote himself at the expense of the truth and even basic decency, has been the defining element of his political career.”
    We are seeing this now with his promotion of the SALE of our America.


  2. What’s up with Ryan Zinke?
    Analysis by Gregory Krieg, CNN
    October 2017

    Zinke, during his short time in the job, has already sparked controversy on the policy front, moving to expand hunting and fishing access on public lands and, even more controversially, recommending shrinking a number of national monuments.
    But it’s more than just policy; his approach to the job sets him apart. Here are a few other tales to recall.

    The horse he rode in on
    Zinke made his debut as interior secretary by riding a horse — a gelding named “Tonto,” per a New York Times report -through the streets of Washington, DC, up to his new office space. He arrived, alongside US Park Police, and was greeted there by department staffers.
    The pictures suggest a kind enough reception, though it’s unclear whether the initial warmth survived the subsequent months. Speaking to an oil industry group in September, Zinke informed the room that he’s “got 30% of the crew that’s not loyal to the flag.”
    “There’s too many ways in the present process for someone who doesn’t want to get (a regulatory action) done to put it in a holding pattern,” he said, according to the AP. The implication was that his employees were not fully given to his and Trump’s agenda.


      • I’m inclined to believe HIS flag is of more importance to him than ours. I remember reading this letter a while ago – apparently there was no consequence to mr. zinke (small z)from it. As our pres. would say – Sad!


  3. From PUBLIC CITIZEN COMPLAINT (excerpts from 6 page document)

    October 31, 2017

    Department of the Interior’s Designated Agency Ethics Official
    1849 C Street, NW, MS 7346
    Washington, DC 20240
    Tel: 202-208-7960
    Fax: 202-208-5515

    Public Citizen, Climate Investigations Center, and Friends of the Earth respectfully request that the Office of Ethics of the Department of the Interior determine whether former Acting Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director Megan Bloomgren violated 18 U.S.C. §208(a) by participating personally and substantially in particular matters in which entities with which she had arrangements or was negotiating for prospective employment had financial interests. We believe that Bloomgren may have been discussing post-government employment with the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the DCI Group at the time she participated in Department of Interior meetings regarding the offshore oil and gas extraction executive order, and meetings concerning National Monument designations, and meetings with representatives of the oil and gas industry. API and DCI Group appear to have financial interests in all these matters. Although key facts remain unknown to us, Public Citizen, Climate Investigations Center and Friends of the Earth believe that Bloomgren’s participation in the matters should be investigated as potential violations of 18 U.S.C. §208 for possible referral to the Department of Justice.1

    Bloomgren’s Government and Post-Government Employment
    Before joining the administration, Bloomgren served as the Vice President of DCI Group, a lobbying and crisis communications firm serving the oil and gas industry. DCI Group clients include ExxonMobil and Energy Transfer Partners. In December 2016, Bloomgren was appointed to the Department of Interior transition team.2 Once the new administration took office, Bloomgren became Acting Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.3

    During her government service, Bloomgren was present at Senior Staff meetings where energy issues were very likely discussed, and present at a number of meetings specifically regarding energy issues. These meetings included topics like the National Monument Executive Order, oil and gas leasing on federal lands, and the offshore energy Executive Order. Bloomgren also attended meetings with Secretary Ryan Zinke and representatives of the oil and gas industry in which a variety of tax, regulatory, infrastructure, and investment issues were discussed.

    Click to access bloomgren_ethics_investigation_letter_final.pdf

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  4. Dinky Zinky belongs on a doto channel. He nust be FIRED NOW. He is creating so much turmoil for the nation. Has no business in this important position as Dept of Interior.
    I can think of much better candidates than this blow job.


  5. Is there ANYTHING that members of this administration are actually prevented from doing? Starting at the top – apparently not. Actions that were previously considered illegal, or at the least, immoral – there is no hesitancy from any of them. They are in POWER – therefore, may do as they please!
    Is this really what voters signed up for? I didn’t!

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