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Two Air Force leaders relieved of command at Dyess AFB

317th Airlift Wing Commander, Col. James Young, said in a written statement that he initiated an investigation to ensure accountable leadership.
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DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Two leaders assigned to Dyess Air Force Base have been relieved from their duties following the initiation of an investigation.

According to a statement from 317th Wing Commanders, Col. James Young, Maj. April Widman was relieved of her command of the 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Additionally, Chief Master Sgt. Peter Tascione was removed from his position as the 317th AMXS Senior Enlisted Leader, according to the statement.

Details in the investigation were not released, however, Young said he "initiated an investigation to ensure accountable leadership and uphold the Air Force’s standards for professionalism and culture while affording all members due process."

Maj. Charles Schulz assumed command of the 317th AMXS Dec. 3. Senior noncommissioned officers (NCOs) are handling senior enlisted leader duties until a replacement arrives at Dyess in January 2022.

Here is Young's statement in full:

Col. James Young, 317th Airlift Wing Commander, relieved the commander of the 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Maj. April Widman, Dec. 2, 2021, for a loss of trust and confidence in her ability to effectively lead the men and women of the squadron. Chief Master Sgt. Peter Tascione was also removed from his position as the 317th AMXS Senior Enlisted Leader. 

Maj. Charles Schulz assumed command of the 317th AMXS Dec. 3, 2021, and Senior Noncommissioned Officers from the 317th AMXS are fulfilling Senior Enlisted Leader duties until a replacement arrives in January 2022. 

Our Wing is committed to instilling professional leadership characteristics, not only for leadership at the squadron level, but for every Airman. At the end of the day, Air Force culture is one of professionalism, safety, and success achieved only through teamwork and accountability.

Based on multiple data points from various feedback mechanisms, I initiated an investigation to ensure accountable leadership and uphold the Air Force’s standards for professionalism and culture while affording all members due process. As this is an ongoing investigation, additional information cannot be released at this time.

Command of an Air Force unit is a position that requires trust, both up and down the chain of command. When that trust is lost, it affects good order and discipline, unit cohesion, and ultimately places mission accomplishment at risk. 

As Air Force leaders, we are laser focused on developing and caring for Airmen. If/when members raise issues through Inspector General or command channels, their allegations are taken seriously and given due process. Accountability at all levels is essential, and we will not tolerate behavior inconsistent with Air Force guidance, our core values, or ethical standards. This command decision is one example of leadership taking decisive action to ensure our Air Force is upholding its commitment to our Airmen and the nation.