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Air Force demotes NCO accused of ties to white supremacist group
An airman accused of being linked to a white supremacist group has been demoted but will remaining in the Air Force, a spokeswoman confirmed.
Tech Sgt. Cory Reeves was busted down from master sergeant following a command investigation into April allegations that he was a member of white supremacist organization Identity Evropa and had allegedly distributed white supremacist propaganda in Colorado.
Prior to the investigation, Reeves was an operations superintendent with 2nd Space Operations Squadron, according to Air Force Times. Air Force Times was first to report Tuesday that Reeves would stay in the Air Force at a lower rank.
Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek confirmed that Reeves is still in the Air Force and he has been serving at his current rank since September. His current job title is "technician."
Stefanek was unable to discuss the findings of the command investigation into Reeves, which are not releasable under the Privacy Act.
"Our core values demand that airmen treat others with genuine dignity, fairness, and respect at all times whether their actions are in person or on social media," Stefanek said on Thursday. "When airmen fall short of this expectation, they are held accountable. Each case is evaluated based on the facts presented."
Reeves, who is assigned to Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, declined to comment on Thursday, a spokesman for the 50th Space Wing told Task & Purpose.
The U.S. military as a whole has attempted in recent years to come to grips with the participation of U.S. service members in hate groups.
Most recently, an by the video network Newsy and investigative website Bellingcat found that eight service members posted on the now defunct Iron Message boards while they were on active duty.
Iron March, which was a haven for white supremacists, was deactivated in 2017. Newsy is not identifying any of the service members, a spokesperson for the outlet told Task & Purpose.
Newsweek reporters James LaPorta and Asher Stockler were able to independently verify that one of the service members who made racist posts on the message boards was an active-duty Marine: Lance Corporal Liam J. Collins, a rifleman assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
"We intend to fully investigate this allegation," 1st Lt. Joe Wright, a spokesman for the 2nd Marine Division, said on Nov. 8. "If substantiated, the subject Marine will be held fully accountable."
The Pentagon's top spokesman tried to downplay recent revelations by the Washington Post that U.S. government officials have consistently misled the American public about the war in Afghanistan for nearly two decades.
Washington Post reporter Craig Whitlock first brought to light that several top officials acknowledged to the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction that the war was going badly despite their optimistic public statements. The report, based on extensive interviews and internal government data, also found that U.S. officials manipulated statistics to create the public perception that the U.S. military was making progress in Afghanistan.
An Army colonel's alleged abuse saddled his wife with ongoing medical needs. Escaping him could bring that care to a screeching halt.
Katherine Burton was sitting on her couch when she heard a scream.
Though she had not yet met her upstairs neighbors, Army. Col. Jerel Grimes and his wife Ellizabeth, Burton went to investigate almost immediately. "I knew it was a cry for help," she recalled of the August 1 incident.
Above her downstairs apartment in Huntsville, Alabama, Jerel and Ellizabeth had been arguing. They had been doing a lot of that lately. According to Ellizabeth, Jerel, a soldier with 26 years of service and two Afghanistan deployments under his belt, had become increasingly controlling in the months since the couple had married in April, forcing her to share computer passwords, receipts for purchases, and asking where she was at all times.
"I was starting to realize how controlling he was, and how manipulative he was," Ellizabeth said. "And he'd never been this way towards me in the 15 years that I've known him."
Taliban fighters attempted to fight their way into Bagram Airfield on Wednesday by invading a medical facility just outside of the base's perimeter, a spokesman for Operation Resolute Support said Wednesday.
J.P. Lawrence of Stars and Stripes and Jim LaPorta of Newsweek first reported that the battle lasted for several hours after using car bombs to attack the hospital, which is near the base's northern corner. Helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft were reportedly used to drop ordnance on the hospital.
Actor Mark Wahlberg will be visiting troops overseas to plug Wahlburgers, a fast-casual restaurant chain owned by the actor and his two brothers, Donnie Wahlberg, and chef Paul Wahlberg.