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Sep 12, 2013 5:15 PM by Andy Koen

Academy disciplines officers for race incident

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY - Three officers and three non-commissioned officers (NCO) at the US Air Force Academy Preparatory School were disciplined today for mishandling an incident during cadet-candidates basic training July 31.

One of the cadet-candidates described in an Academy news release as a "dark-skinned male" allegedly flashed a group of cadet-candidates from another squadron.

In response, the officers and NCOs lined up a group of male cadet-candidates and separated them by race in an attempt to identify the alleged flasher.

The news release indicates the officers and NCOs used further inappropriate disciplinary tactics to try and identify the alleged perpetrator.

Col. Kabrena Rodda, Preparatory School Commander, called the action of the six officers and NCOs ill-advised and in direct opposition to Air Force core values.

"The officers and NCOs grossly misjudged the entire situation; they reacted before properly collecting facts and failed to consult the chain of command," she said. "Their collective actions were misguided and inappropriate."

The investigation is complete and no further action is anticipated.

Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson added all such incidents are taken seriously.

"This was a case of immature judgment and knee-jerk reactions that were not in keeping with our core values," Lt. Gen. Johnson said.

 

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