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Chief Master Sergeant At Air Force Nuke Command Fired For Sending Inappropriate Texts
The senior enlisted leader at Air Force Global Strike Command has been fired after an investigation found he had sent inappropriate texts to a junior enlisted airmen during his previous assignment in Washington, D.C., Air Force officials announced on Friday.
Command Chief Master Sgt. Thomas B. Mazzone has been punished administratively but not reduced in rank, said Air Force Global Strike Command spokesman Capt. Earon Brown. Mazzone is being reassigned within the command, which has purview over the Air Force's nuclear bombers and missiles.
"There was sufficient evidence that showed that Chief Mazzone had engaged in an unprofessional relationship through sending inappropriate text messages with this junior enlisted member for an extended period of time," Brown told Task & Purpose.
The enlisted airman was assigned to a subordinate wing while Mazzone was command chief at Air Force District Washington, Brown said.
"It was also determined that for good order and discipline, it was necessary to remove Chief Mazzone from the command chief position," Brown said.
Mazzone is the latest member of Global Strike Command to be fired for misconduct. Its former deputy commander Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets IV was forced to retire without receiving his second star in September after an investigation found he had made inappropriate comments about women and not reporting suicide attempts during a previous assignment.
Tibbets is the grandson of the Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets Jr., who piloted the B-29 that dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan in 1945.
More recently, Lt. Col. Paul Goossen was fired as the commander of the 69th Bomb Squadron in November because his airmen used Microsoft Paint to draw penises.
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Military families are suing their private housing provider over 'rampant mold infestation' at Fort Meade
Ten military families are taking their privatized housing provider, Corvias, to court over "appalling housing conditions and cavalier treatment" at Fort Meade in Maryland, according to a new lawsuit.
The lawsuit filed on Tuesday by law firm Covington & Burling —which is handling the lawsuit pro bono, according to their press release — details "distressingly similar stories of poorly maintained infrastructure leading to serious problems, such as mold growing on walls, windows, and pipes," at the the installation.
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The Navy is looking into the possibility of sending explosive ordnance disposal units on shorter and possibly more frequent deployments, service officials said on Wednesday.
Right now, EOD techs train for 18 months and deploy for another six months as part of their optimized fleet response plan, but the Navy is conducting a review of that training and deployment cycle, Navy officials told reporters.
A Navy analysis is looking at whether EOD techs should spend a total of 32 or 36 months training and deployed per cycle, said Capt. Oscar Rojas, who leads Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 1 in San Diego.