BILOXI, Mississippi (AP) — The US Air Force has ousted the commander of a key training unit at a Mississippi air force base, saying leaders no longer had confidence in his abilities. .
Maj. Gen. Michele Edmondson announced Tuesday that she would relieve Col. William H. Hunter immediately. Hunter had led the 81st Training Wing at Keesler Air Force Base in the Mississippi Gulf Coast city of Biloxi since June 2021.
Edmondson cited a “loss of confidence in (Hunter’s) ability to command effectively” in a statement to local media. He didn’t specify what Hunter had done wrong.
“Commanders must uphold the highest personal and professional standards and maintain a healthy and inclusive command climate in their unit,” said Edmondson, who is also based in Keesler.
Colonel Jason D. Allen was temporarily designated as commander.
“The command position is a position of trust,” said Lt. Gen. Brian Robinson, commander of the Air Education and Training Command. “Every commander, at all levels, has an inherent responsibility to promote and safeguard that trust. This is what our Airmen deserve and expect.”
The 81st Training Wing instructs not only airmen, but also personnel from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and civilian federal agencies. More than 2,700 students are at Keesler’s base on an average day, with more than 28,000 students rotating in a typical year.
The training wing provides courses in more than 160 specialties.
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