Visiting scholar resigns AFA post

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Fred Malmstrom: subject of this weeks Indy cover story.
  • Pam Zubeck
  • Fred Malmstrom: subject of this week's Indy cover story.

Fred Malmstrom has submitted his resignation as a visiting scholar at the Air Force Academy. He had held the position since 1999.

"They were trying to put a stop to my research," he says, referring to AFA character development officials. Also, he said, the resignation was "because I wasn't getting anywhere."

Malmstrom, a 1964 AFA graduate, has been researching honor code violations and toleration for a quarter-century, as reported in this week's Indy cover story, "Cracks in the code."

After the Independent interviewed Malmstrom and academy officials about honor issues in February, academy officials called him to a meeting in March at which he felt they tried to put a lid on him and his work.

A couple of weeks later, an academy official called Malmstrom wanting to see an advance copy of a presentation Malmstrom will make Saturday in Reno, Nev., to the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association conference.

He says he didn't return the call but rather submitted his letter of resignation from his unpaid position. Malmstrom tells us he hasn't heard anything from the academy about his resignation.

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