COLONEL RESIGNS FROM ALABAMA AIR
NATIONAL GUARD - JEFFREY SMILEY CAUGHT
USING F-16 FOR PERSONAL FAMILY TRAVEL
ALSO ALLEGED HE SCORED SOME $96,000 IN
UNAUTHORIZED PAY - TEXAS A&M GRAD HAD
LED 187TH FIGHTER WING SINCE 2006
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Jeff Smiley has worn Air Force "blue" ever since he graduated from ROTC in 1980 at famed Texas A&M University. Now his military career is suddenly over.
MilitaryCorruption.com has learned the 53 year-old fighter-pilot, who had been boss of the Montgomery, Ala.-based 187th Fighter Wing, Alabama Air National Guard, the last five years, has resigned and "gone to ground."
Sources say the colonel was caught using a F-16 jet to make "personal flights" to "visit his family" and also allegedly manipulated the Guard's compensatory-time system to increase his pay by $96,000.
RESIGNATION TO HEAD OFF COURT-MARTIAL?
No word at press time if the Guard will press charges. The financial "misconduct" charge is serious enough so that it could possibly lead to a general court-martial.
Smiley is being replaced as wing commander at the 187th by hard-charging Col. Scott Pattan.
The Texas "Aggie" flamed out after a flying career that included some 5300 hours in the air. The ex-Guard colonel flew 66 combat missions over Afghanistan and Iraq.
Guard officials in Alabama had "no comment" when asked for details on the Smiley departure.