The former commander of Minot Air Force Base’s 69th Bomb Squadron reportedly lost his job over phallic drawings discovered inside of his B-52 Stratofortress.
On November 27, Lt. Col. Paul Goossen was removed from command of the 69th Bomb Squadron due to a loss of trust and confidence from his failure to maintain a professional workplace environment, which was later discovered to be related to the drawing of phallic shapes on cockpit screens.
The drawings -which were comprised using coordinate points on a digital naviagtion map- were allegedly for humor and morale purposes, according to Military.com, and photos were taken of the drawings for later use at a post-deployment party.
While the penis-shaped drawings in question were created between September of 2017 and April of 2018, the act of doing so was discovered at the end of deployment and reported to authorities.
Drawing penises seems to be a joke among pilots in recent years, with the majority of offenders being operators of fighter aircraft.
During its deployment, the 69th Bomb Squadron flew “834 consecutive B-52 missions without a maintenance cancellation.”
USAF Global Strike Command spokesman LTC Uriah Orland claimed that the drawing of the penises by LTC Goosen fell under a zero-tolerance policy that “includes creating or contributing to an unhealthy, inappropriate work environment.”
The investigation was initiated by 5th Bomb Wing commander Colonel Bradley Chochran and concluded on October 31.
Goosen was replaced by LTC Dennis Zabka, following a “a loss of trust and confidence” on the part of the 69th’s penis-drawing commander.
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