Wednesday, July 5, 2017

MRFF files supplemental complaint against critics of AFA commandant

Posted By on Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 4:36 PM

Goodwin: Criticized for being gay. - AIR FORCE PHOTO
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  • Goodwin: Criticized for being gay.
Brig. Gen. Kristin Goodwin, Commandant of Cadets at the Air Force Academy, is at the center of a supplemental complaint filed with the Defense Department's Inspector General's Office.

The complaint was filed by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation due to what it calls "illegal attacks" on her by two lower ranking Air Force officers over her sexual orientation. Goodwin is gay.

Those two are Lt. Col. Jonathan Dowty, who called Goodwin a liar, and Chaplain Sonny Hernandez.

Here's a notice of the complaint:
On Friday, June 30th, MRFF filed a Supplemental Complaint with the DoD/IG’s Office. This Complaint addressed the continuing disrespectful, homophobic, and illegal attacks on Brigadier General Kristin Goodwin, the Commandant of Cadets at the US Air Force Academy, by the combined actions of two subordinate Air Force officers over Brig Gen Goodwin’s sexual orientation.

MRFF’s Supplemental Complaint also addresses the continuing violations by Chaplain (Captain) Sonny L. Hernandez, USAFR, by using pictures of himself in his AF uniform and using his official rank, title, and position within the AF Reserves as part of his efforts to bolster his credibility on his purportedly “civilian” blog-postings – here, specifically, a rant entitled, “Christian Soldier Says Army Forced Him To Go To Transgender Training.” That “training” was an all-Army, mandated training for all Soldiers to learn about the DoD’s changing transgender policies. It had nothing to do with anyone’s personal religious beliefs, contrary to the article’s premise.

MRFF is not publicly releasing a copy of this Supplemental Complaint because it, and Chaplain (Capt) Hernandez’s blog-post, refer to two named U.S. Army Officers, whose identities are protected by the federal Privacy Act, and other personnel considerations. Those officers’ actions were clearly within their respective lines-of-duty and were, in MRFF’s opinion, not a proper subject for Chaplain Hernandez’s personal attacks upon them – something that MRFF specifically asked the DoD/IG to address – in the context of yet further disrespect to his “superior commissioned officer.”

Finally, MRFF asked the DoD/IG to address the combined efforts of Chaplain (Capt) Hernandez and Lt Col Jonathan Dowty, USAF, that blatantly misrepresented the nature of MRFF’s original complaints in this matter, i.e., their illegal attacks on Brig Gen Goodwin’s sexual orientation and what, in MRFF’s opinion, amounted to literary fraud. MRFF believes that those actions amounted to deceit of the public and thus, not a character trait of any officer and gentleman under Article 133, UCMJ.

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