Grand Forks Commander Relieved Due to Waistline

Air Mobility Command this week relieved Col. Tim Bush of command of the 319th Air Base Wing at Grand Forks AFB, N.D., due to his failure to meet the service’s physical fitness standards, according to a command release. “Bush was not relieved for alleged misconduct or wrongdoing,” states the March 20 release that came out the same day as his dismissal from the post, which he had held since July 2011. Instead, the reason was Bush’s waist size, which exceeded “by inches” the Air Force’s maximum-allowed girth of 39 inches for men, reported the Grand Forks Herald. “I failed to meet the waist measurement component of the physical fitness standard,” said Bush, 47, who stands six feet, one inch tall and weighs 227 pounds, according to the newspaper. He added, “That’s the only component I failed.” Maj. Gen. William Bender, US Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, took the action since he has administrative control of the wing, according to AMC’s release. Bender appointed Col. Christopher Mann, 319th ABW vice commander, as interim wing commander. Bush, who was reportedly a “well-respected” leader, has requested retirement, according to the newspaper.