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IG found former academy commandant misused travel, had poor command climate; she will seek redress for firing

November 22, 2019

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An inspector general report released Thursday found Brig. Gen. Kristin Goodwin, former commandant of cadets at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, failed to maintain a healthy command climate, and broke multiple travel regulations.

But Goodwin’s attorney on Thursday said the Air Force’s inspector general failed to properly investigate an allegation of toxic leadership, and will seek redress for her removal. He also said she had suffered “bigotry, bias and discrimination” as a married gay officer at the academy.

The inspector general report substantiated allegations of improper travel practices, including conducting personal business while on official government travel, and having a cadet charge some of her travel expenses to his card while traveling to the red carpet premiere of “Captain Marvel” in Hollywood.

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