The U.S. Air Force on Monday fired two intercontinental missile commanders and disciplined another after separate investigations turned up multiple instances of failed leadership and misbehavior.
Col. Carl Jones, the No. 2 commander of the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., was the most senior officer dismissed.
He was terminated from his responsibility for 150 Minuteman 3 nuclear ICBMs “for a loss of trust and confidence in his leadership abilities” and was reassigned as a special assistant to the wing commander.
“In four separate instances, Jones acted in a manner that degraded his status as a senior officer and wing leader including maltreating a subordinate,” an Air Force spokesman told Fox News (H/T RedFlag News).
Lt. Col. Jimmy “Keith” Brown, was relieved of command “because of a loss of confidence in Brown’s ability to lead his squadron.”
An Air Force spokesman said that an investigation into Brown’s command “substantiated that Brown engaged in unlawful discrimination or harassment.”
Specifically, Brown was said to have “made statements to subordinates that created a perception within his squadron that pregnancy would negatively affect a woman’s career.”
A third officer, Col. Richard Pagliuco, was disciplined after an investigation found that he “failed to promote and safeguard the morale, well-being and welfare of the airmen under his command.”
His punishment consisted of a letter in his personnel file.
Brown and Pagliuco were both assigned to the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.
Officials said that it was mere coincidence that two senior officers at different Air Force nuclear missile bases would be disciplined on the same day. But the incidents illustrate a pattern of problems in the ICBM force, Fox said.
“Last March nine officers were fired at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, which is the third of the three nuclear missile bases, in response to an exam-cheating scandal there,” Fox reported. “Last year, Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, commander of the entire ICBM force, was fired after an investigation into a drinking binge and other misconduct while he was in Russia as head of a visiting U.S. government delegation.”
It also continues a pattern of President Barack Obama gutting the U.S. military. Obama has laid off thousands of officers through budget cuts required to continue funding government programs like welfare that have been proven over decades to be completely ineffective.
Some, however, suspect that his targeted firings have, at least in some cases, been attempts to cover up his own scandals, including Benghazi.
Given this president’s well-documented distrust of the U.S. military forces he commands, such suspicions are not surprising. Nor is it surprising to see military commanders under this president terminated for leadership failures.
They are, after all, only responding to the leadership environment their commander in chief has created.