RELIEVED OF COMMAND - TOP COLONEL GETS
THE AXE AT BOLLING AFB - JOHN ROOP FIRED
"LOST CONFIDENCE IN HIS ABILITY TO LEAD," SAYS
GEN. RALPH JOYCE - NO DETAILS DISCLOSED, BUT
SOURCES HINT SEXUAL INDISCRETION MAY BE
CAUSE OF ACTION TAKEN - AIR FORCE ACADEMY
GRADUATE HAD BEEN COMMANDER OF 11TH WING
SINCE JUNE OF 2008 - NATIVE OF FLINT, MICH.
A top colonel and the commander of the 11th Wing at Bolling AFB has been fired, and his fall from grace is clouded in mystery.
All the Air Force will disclose at press time is that Col. Jon Roop has been "relieved of command" because his boss, Gen. Ralph Joyce, commander of the USAF's Washington District, "lost confidence in (Roop's) ability to lead."
That's basic boilerplate used to cover a myriad of sins, but we hear that a possible "sexual indiscretion" may be what's behind the abrupt sacking of such a high-profile officer.
The Air Force Academy graduate, a native of Flint, Mich., has just seen his hopes of making "flag rank" go up in smoke. It is a bitter blow indeed.
WHO AND WHAT IS REALLY BEHIND THIS "RELIEF OF COMMAND"
He had been commander of the 11th Wing since June 2008. Some sources described the lanky and athletic officer as a "fast-burner" who was "destined to wear stars." Now, all Roop has to show for his 23 years in the service, is a sudden and embarrassing end to his military career.
An Air Force spokesperson announced wing vice-commander, Col. Carl Gralnick, will take over until such time as a permanent replacement for Roop can be put in place.
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