AT EDWARDS AFB
Just two weeks before Col. Drew Jeter was set to transfer to a new position at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, the 44 year-old commander of the 95th Air Base Wing at Edwards AFB Calif. was fired.
Tight-lipped officials will only say the 1984 graduate of the University of Florida at Gainsville was relieved "for cause."
Maj. Gen. Curtis Bedke, Air Force Flight Test Center commander, "acted immediately upon receiving information that prompted this investigation," a base spokesperson said. "Col. Jeter was relieved based upon Gen. Bedke's lack of confidence in the colonel's ability to properly execute the responsibilities of his command."
No further details were available at press time.
Jeter had been stationed at Edwards for the past two years and was considered a "fast burner" by associates who noted the top-ranking field grade officer had been promoted from major to lt. colonel in just 34 months. The National War College graduate also made colonel quickly, pinning on his eagles in less than four years from his promotion to light colonel and only six-plus years after promotion to major.
The mystery involving the firing has caused rumors to run rampant at the California military installation. Our sources at Edwards say "a sex scandal of some sort" (possibly involving a female enlisted woman) may be behind the swift action by Gen. Bedke, but no one knows for sure.
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