Air force leaders under fire!


Circus Staff
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WASHINGTON — A Pentagon investigation found that a $50 million contract to promote the Thunderbirds aerial stunt team was tainted by improper influence and preferential treatment, leading to administrative action against three officials, the Air Force said Thursday.

Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne took administrative action against Maj. Gen. Stephen M. Goldfein, who was the commander responsible for the Thunderbirds at the time, as well as two others, and referred action on two additional personnel to their commanders, the service said in a statement.

Details of the inspector general's report have not yet been released, but officials familiar with it said it did not find any criminal conduct. They said the Air Force's chief of staff, Gen. Michael Moseley, came under fire in the report, but it did not find that he was personally involved in the matter. Instead, the criticism largely is over early communications he had with the eventual winning bidders.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the report is not public, said the report is most critical of Goldfein, who commanded the Air Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and was responsible for the Thunderbirds.

Wynne also ordered a review of contracting processes and a training program to correct problems raised by the investigation.

The investigation goes back to 2005, and began with allegations that Moseley and other Air Force officers tried initially to give the work to Strategic Message Solutions and its president Edward Shipley without going out for bids.

The Air Force said the IG probe found that the contract was "tainted with improper influence, irregular contracting practices and preferential treatment for SMS." The service also said the assistant U.S. attorney in Nevada has declined to pursue any criminal prosecution.

"I am deeply disappointed that our high standards were not adhered to in this case," Wynne said in the statement. "This is not how the Air Force does business, and we are taking steps to ensure this doesn't happen again."

The investigation comes amid escalating problems for Air Force leadership, including questions about the service's handling of nuclear and nuclear-related materials, challenges to a recent $35 billion Air Force tanker contract award and anger over efforts by the Air Force to lobby Congress for additional funding for the F-22 Raptor aircraft.


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Does anyone really believe that any large military contract is truly awarded based only on unbiased specs and the merits of the bidders???? Or any sizable government contract for that matter....


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I agree with you sandman, but I would not hesitate to contract Ed Shipley for this either. Look him up...He is a legend in the airshow business.



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Hey corky....Yeah I have been really busy lately. Had a huge track meet then went straight to orientation at the air force academy. Then i got stuck in salt lake and finally got back on wed. I will definitely be out tomorrow to fly. Hope you bought me some new wing bolts. haha