NT$2m headgear worn to party

HARD TRUTH:The Ministry of National Defense condemned the air force officer who wore the helmet to a Halloween party for tarnishing the image of the armed forces

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 05, 2015
By: Steven Tsao  /  Staff reporter

The army yesterday said that it would discipline 601st Air Cavalry Brigade Lieutenant Colonel

601 Air Cavalry Brigade officer Lao Nai-cheng, right, wears an integrated helmet and display system at a party in this undated photograph.  Photo provided by a member of the public

601 Air Cavalry Brigade officer Lao Nai-cheng, right, wears an integrated helmet and display system at a party in this undated photograph. Photo provided by a member of the public

Lao Nai-cheng (勞乃成) for wearing a NT$2 million (US$63,891) integrated helmet and display sight system (IHADSS) and a full flight suit to a Halloween party in October last year.

The Ministry of National Defense called Lao a disappointment and vowed to impose a harsh punishment after it was revealed that Lao — one of the nation’s first AH-64E Apache attack helicopter instructors trained in the US — took the helmet-mounted display used with the helicopter to a Halloween party.

The news came only a day after the military announced disciplinary action against Lao and other high-ranking officers at the Army Special Forces Command for taking a group of 20 people — including showbiz personality Janet Lee (李蒨蓉), members of her family and friends — into a restricted area at the brigade’s headquarters, where they posed around and inside Apache helicopters. The incident came to light after Lee posted four photos from her visit on Facebook.     [FULL  STORY]

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