AIR FORCE TWO-STAR FORCED OUT - RESIGNS
Michael Keltz was your typical Air Force Academy grad career officer. In his mid-50's, the former commander of the 19th Air Force had punched his ticket and had a good shot at another star on his shoulders before he retired. But now, that hope and dream is gone for good.
It took the flag officer just a couple seconds to bring an end to what had been an exemplary 34-year military career.
In those moments, Keltz said a stupid and politically-incorrect remark.
"INDIANS" CRACK BRINGS END TO CAREER
It was at an Article 15 proceeding for an Air Force captain that Keltz, as convening authority, looked at a photograph of the officer and said he looked "drunker than 10,000 Indians."
Former Airman Tony Carr, on his John Q. Public blog, exposed the general's faux pas, and the crude statement was deduced by top brass to be an unforgiveable insult to the American Indian community.
When Air Force flak Maj. Toni Whaley announced the dumb crack had been confirmed, the former AC-130 command pilot knew what he had to do.
A STATEMENT OF SELF-FLAGELLATION
Keltz had to get out of the mess he was in with the least damage possible. So he took the hint and submitted his resignation.
The brief statement he issued was a masterpiece of self-flagellation.
"I inadvertently made an unfortunate comment. I own it, and I hold myself accountable to the same high standards my subordinate commanders are held to," Keltz said. "As a result, I have tendered my resignation from command and requested to retire from the service. Gen. Robin Rand has graciously accepted that request."