by Pam Zubeck
Three officers and three non-commissioned officers received administrative disciplinary action today for a human relations incident that occurred at the Preparatory School involving cadet-candidates during basic training on July 31, 2013.
The incident involved mishandling of supervisory responsibility but did not involve sexual assaults, sexual harassment or use or possession of illegal substances.
The incident occurred after an individual identified as a dark-skinned male cadet-candidate allegedly "flashed" a group of cadet-candidates from another squadron. Reacting to this alleged incident after hearing about it, the group of officers and NCOs brought together a group of male cadet-candidates and separated them by race in an attempt to discover the identity of the alleged perpetrator. In doing so, the officers and NCOs in question used other inappropriate disciplinary tactics to try to identify the alleged perpetrator.
"The officers and NCOs grossly misjudged the entire situation. They reacted before properly collecting facts and failed to consult the chain of command," said Col. Kabrena Rodda, Preparatory School Commander. "Their collective actions were misguided and inappropriate."
The investigation into the incident is complete, and no further action is anticipated at this time. The Privacy Act of 1974 prohibits disclosure of further information but the ill-advised actions of the six individuals are in direct opposition to Air Force core values.
"The Air Force's Academy stands for respect and dignity for every individual and we take all incidents that happen to our people incredibly seriously," said Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, Academy Superintendent. "This was a case of immature judgment and knee-jerk reactions that were not in keeping with our core values."