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Air Force general faces sexual misconduct accusations

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 7/11/19, 11:32 am

WASHINGTON—A female senior military officer has accused the nominee for the Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairmanship of sexual misconduct. The anonymous accuser told the Associated Press that Gen. John Hyten made repeated inappropriate advances toward her while she was his aide in 2017 and tried to destroy her career after she rejected him. The woman informed the military of Hyten’s alleged conduct immediately after his nomination in April, but an Air Force investigation found insufficient evidence to charge or punish the general. An anonymous senior Air Force official said there was no evidence the accuser was lying but added that investigators went through 10,000 pages of documents and interviewed as many as 50 people without finding corroborating evidence.

The Senate has not yet scheduled Hyten’s confirmation hearing, and Air Force Col. DeDe Halfhill, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said Wednesday that the nomination remains on course. The current vice chairman, Gen. Paul Selva, is retiring at the end of the month.

Sexual misconduct has dogged military institutions in recent years. A Pentagon survey released in February found a more than 50 percent spike in unwanted sexual contact at military academies, and Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., told her colleagues in March she was sexually assaulted while serving in the Air Force.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va. Follow him on Twitter @kylezim25.

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  •  LARRY MINTER's picture
    Posted: Thu, 07/11/2019 12:54 pm

    Woah!  what a surprise.  Who would have thought that opening up the military to the gentler sex after thousands of years would bring such a "spike".  I wonder if other countries, such as Israel who require women to serve, have this problem!

  • Hans's picture
    Posted: Fri, 07/12/2019 08:03 am

    This is an insult to the hundreds of thousands of service members who work in our modern military environment without assaulting their team members, pursuing unprofessional relationships, or retaliating against someone who rebuffed their advances. The people I am privileged to work with are consummate professionals, and there is absolutely no excuse for the kind of behaviour described in these allegations, let alone the suggestion that it’s simply the inevitable result of women supposedly intruding into a traditionally “masculine” environment. More particularly, it’s also an astonishing insult to the incredible sacrifices made by the women who have made the choice to serve our nation and defend your right to bandy cavalier insults at them from the comfort of your keyboard. Some of the officers whom I admire the most are women—and outstanding leaders and lethal operators. Show some respect.