a "AF pilot" who turns out to have served as an E-5:
Then, in the last few years, “Colonel Thom,” as Tullis introduced himself, began entertaining the socialites with decidedly darker stories — ones of his role in the Iran-Contra affair, his work with the CIA and his orders to fly bombing runs over Afghanistan with the aim of killing Osama bin Laden.Or a retired CG warrant who claimed to have served, while in the Navy before joining the CG, as a highly decorated SEAL. This guy even managed to get PTSD money from the VA because of the horrors of war he never saw (which ought to be further warning against the liberalization of PTSD awards by the VA, but probably won't be).
Tullis is, indeed, an Air Force veteran, but he never rose above the rank of staff sergeant and never received a valor medal or ribbon, according to records obtained by the POW Network, a private group that tracks possible military impostors, and verified by the Air Force Personnel Center.
For a historical view of such exaggerationists, read Stolen Valor : How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History by B.G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley.