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Drinking Culture, ‘Unsafe Supervision’ Blamed in Laughlin Firings

December 27, 2018

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“Unsafe” supervision, alcohol consumption and the pressure to train pilots quickly all contributed to alleged officer misconduct within the 47th Flying Training Wing that ended with three commanders at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, being fired earlier this year, according to an investigation report.

The Air Force‘s Air Education and Training Command on Friday released a heavily redacted 27-page command-directed investigation into the wing’s leadership culture. The report indicated that there were leadership gaps in a high-pressure, high-tempo training environment, leading to unsafe practices that included alcohol consumption.

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