By Jeff Schogol – Staff writer
Military Times, Wednesday Mar 20, 2013 16:47:54 EDT
The Air Force has relieved a full colonel with an impeccable resume for failing his physical fitness test [Phi Beta Iota: he passed the physical test, it was his waist measurement that was found to be beyond USAF “standards,” such as they are.]
Effective immediately, Col. Tim Bush is no longer in command of the 319th Air Base Wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., said Maj. Mike Andrews, spokesman for Air Mobility Command, in a statement Wednesday afternoon. The wing’s vice commander, Col. Christopher Mann, will serve as interim commander until a replacement is found.
“Bush was not relieved for alleged misconduct or wrongdoing,” said a news release from Air Mobility Command.
The decision was made by Maj. Gen. William Bender, Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, who oversees administrative control for six wings and two groups within Air Mobility Command, which includes the 319th Air Base Wing.
Bush told airmen at a commander’s call that he failed the waist measurement component of the PT test, said an Air Force official who is not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Bush has requested to retire, the official said.
Bush is a 1988 Air Force Academy graduate with a senior pilot rating, according to his Air Force biography. He has more than 2,100 flying hours in the T-37, T-38 and KC-135R/T.
“Colonel Bush has also served as Presidential Advance Agent for Air Force One, Aide de Camp to the Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Commander, 384th Air Refueling Squadron, Commander, 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, and Commander, 733d Air Mobility Squadron,” the biography says.
From January to May 2011, Bush served as the deputy director of mobility forces for U.S. Air Forces Central Command from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. His military decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters.
Phi Beta Iota: We have to wonder if the Colonel, who was probably eligible for flag, refused to accept the initiation conditions. Bottom line: this is an opportunity for an alert Secretary of Defense to stand up for the good people and reduce bloated flag numbers by at least four — the “administrative” Major General, and every flag above him that failed to correct this idiocy. Meanwhile, the F-35 continues to kill piolots and the budget, while Generals who cannot win wars get promoted and then retire into military-industrial jobs. Treason, thy name is USAF “Flags”