Air Force Academy Abruptly Removes Its Commandant Of Cadets
The U.S. Air Force Academy has abruptly removed its commandant of cadets amid an investigation, but officials are not saying much more about the inquiry or what precipitated the firing.
Brig. Gen. Kristin Goodwin, the first openly gay general at the academy, was discharged just a month before she was scheduled to take another job at the Pentagon, according to The [Colorado Springs] Gazette, which first reported the story. It is not clear whether she will still transfer to that post. She had led military training at the academy since 2017.
The move is "effective immediately," according to an email from the academy to the Gazette.
A U.S. official told NPR that there were "climate and leadership issues" at the academy.
The U.S. military defines command climate as the culture of a unit, the way a unit conducts business. Unit leaders are responsible for its command climate and they establish that climate by what they say and do.
The Gazette also reports:
Goodwin graduated from the academy in 1993. Her official biography says, in addition to thousands of hours as a command pilot, her assignments have included overseeing "the incorporation of the B-2 into theater operational plans while integrating policies, standards and procedures for B-2 training and combat employment."
Goodwin's replacement, Brig. Gen. Michele Edmondson, is slated to take over after the academy's May 30 graduation.
The school trains some 4,000 cadets.
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