We represented a U.S. Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) employee who was accused by a colleague of threatening his supervisor. The agency charged him with Conduct Unbecoming and proposed to issue our client a letter of reprimand. Although our client admitted to saying the word “machete,” we argued that it was not directed at his supervisor and was simply a comment muttered in frustration. We pointed out that the accuser was not credible because both the alleged witnesses contradicted his accusation. We also emphasized our client’s distinguished career and spotless disciplinary record. The Agency accepted our arguments and rescinded the formal discipline, instead only verbally counsel the client on avoiding saying things that might be misinterpreted.