CMSgt. William Gurney, former command chief of Air Force Materiel Command, will face a general court martial on Dec. 6 at Scott AFB, Ill., for alleged sexual misconduct with subordinates, Air Mobility Command officials announced Thursday. Gurney faces a total of 20 charges. These include: specifications of adultery, misuse of government equipment and his official position, wrongful sexual contact, indecent conduct, and maltreatment of subordinates, according to AMC’s release. An investigation by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations began in November 2009, around the same time that Gurney was relieved from his position as command chief. AFOSI found that Gurney had unprofessional relationships with 10 enlisted women. He continues to perform administrative duties at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. (See also Dayton Daily News report)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.