Lt. Col Paul Goossen and other servicemembers take part in a holiday conference call with President Donald Trump at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Dec. 24, 2017. 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. PATRICK EVENSON/U.S. AIR NATIONAL GUARD

On Nov. 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, the Air Force said in a statement.

“The Air Force values and encourages a positive work atmosphere where all Airmen are treated with dignity and respect and leadership actions that do not reflect these ideals are not condoned.”

Lt. Col. Dennis Zabka, former 5th OSS director of operations, assumed command of the 69th BS the same day.

A spokesperson from for the 5th Bomb Wing, Maj. Natassia Cherne, said “I can’t speak to that but I can tell you it was a commander-directed investigation,” to T & P on Tuesday. “It was directed by Col. Bradley Cochran, and he is the 5th Bomb Wing commander. The decision to remove Lt. Col. Goossen came from the Air Force Global Strike commander, which is Gen. Timothy Ray.”

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