Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is making a push to attach a bill removing commanders authority to refer sexual assault cases to the 2015 NDAA, see NYT report here. The bill faces opposition both from detractors of the concept of removing commander authority and those that think Gillibrand shouldn’t be the only Senator able to propose amendments. The prospect of new amendments to the already delayed NDAA could derail the entire process. Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are co-sponsoring the bill. Here is AF Times coverage of Col (ret) Don Christensen’s appearance on the Hill in support of the Gillibrand bill.
The first Air Force officer’s court-martial is scheduled in the cheating and drug use investigation in the Air Force’s missile corps. AP (via Pitt Tribune-Review) reports here that the court martial is scheduled for Jan. 21, 2015:
Second Lt. Nicole Dalmazzi of the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., is the first missileer, as launch officers are called, known to have been charged since the drug investigation was made public in January . . . .
The disclosures of alleged exam cheating and illegal drug use accelerated a wave of embarrassing news about the nuclear missile corps, which has been beset with discipline problems, low morale, leadership lapses and resource shortages. . . .
Dalmazzi was charged with illegal drug use and obstructing the Air Force Office of Special Investigations probe by dyeing her hair to “alter the results of potential hair-follicle drug tests,” according to Josh Aycock, a spokesman at Malmstrom. He would not elaborate on her alleged actions or the tests.
The DoD IG is investigating the Air Force Academy’s handling of sexual assault cases against Academy athletes reports the Colorado Springs Gazette (via Denver Post), here.