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Pope Airfield squadron commander relieved of duty

Posted January 23, 2015

— The commander of the 43rd Aeromedical Squadron at Fort Bragg's Pope Airfield has been relieved of duty following an investigation in the accidental death of a staff sergeant, post officials said Friday.

Col. Kenneth Moss, commander of the 43rd Airlift Group, removed Col. Elizabeth Shaw from her position Thursday “due to a loss of confidence in her ability to command,” according to a news release.

His decision was based on information from reports about the July 17 death of Staff Sgt. Timothy J. Wright, 30, who was assigned to the squadron.

Wright was fatally injured when a Humvee ran over him during a unit readiness training exercise. He had only been stationed in North Carolina for a few months.

“Air Force operational risk management principles and safety standards exist to prevent accidents and loss of life,” Moss said. “Commanders are responsible for ensuring compliance with these standards. In the 43rd Airlift Group, we have renewed our focus on managing risk during all operations through active involvement of leadership at all levels.”

Shaw was replaced with Lt. Col. Russ Frantz as interim squadron commander.

The 43rd Airlift Group includes 1,200 active service members whose missions range from humanitarian assistance to combat capability.


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  • James Barefoot Jan 25, 2015
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    There was more going on than was told here. Its a military thing not news,

  • recontwice Jan 24, 2015

    Thats a career killer!!

  • AnonyMouseLOL Jan 24, 2015

    IMO, worse has happened on bases with male commanders, yet they send her packing for THIS? They were looking for a way to get rid of her, whether because of her gender or otherwise, it would be nice to at least hear the TRUTH.

    Sad to see this gender bias still occuring in the military. I faced it from 69-72. Time for it to STOP!!!

  • AnonyMouseLOL Jan 24, 2015

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    I agree 100%. If this had happened with a male commander, I doubt it would have even made the news.

  • William Houston Jan 23, 2015
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    Has nothing to do with the Army.

  • Dnut Jan 23, 2015

    NO....say it ain't so! She wasn't relieved due to her inability to command! WRAL better get the story straight...it was because the army is sexist and she was a female commander! Come on WRAL....get it together! Can't afford to lose your left wing disposition!