U.S. Air Force
Brig. Gen. Kristin Goodwin
The Air Force Inspector General’s Office found that former Air Force Academy Commandant Brig. Gen. Kristin Goodwin gamed the military’s Joint Travel Regulations, wasting more than $5,000 on private convenience, and created an “unhealthy command climate.”
Goodwin, the first openly gay commandant at the Academy, arrived in mid-2017. Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria ousted her last spring. The 150-page report, dated in July, outlines several cases in which Goodwin spent extra days at a destination, often accompanied by her spouse, and failed to account properly for those days, which purportedly were spent on official business.
The investigation was launched by one initial complaint, which was later joined by others. Investigators found ample evidence that Goodwin “failed to maintain a healthy command climate,” made false statements, blamed her staff for issues unnecessarily and, because of that and more, appeared as a “self-serving” and “absent commander.”
The Air Force Times
reported that Goodwin’s attorney said she will seek redress for her removal.