AIR FORCE LT COL FACES COURT-MARTIAL
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The Air Force wants to downplay they are court-martialing a senior officer and fighter-pilot.
Repeated requests, via telephone and e-mail, to the Hill AFB Utah public affairs office has resulted in zero new information beyond a bare bones announcement that disclosed Lt. Col. Ed Mangahas is facing court-martial for rape.
We asked for the accused officer's age and source of commission. Basic questions, right? The response was "we gotta check with the JAG office." Hello? What's the problem? Or better yet, why the suspicious cloak of silence?.
There has been (as of press time) no official release on even the gender of the alleged victim. We are not told if the person "raped" is military or a civilian. Our long-retired editor-in-chief, MAJ Glenn MacDonald, USAR (Ret), was not only a PAO himself, he was an instructor who taught subordinates how to avoid revealing information to prying reporters. He knows all too well how the brass conducts cover-ups and creates plausible denials.
Which is why he tells editor David Smallwood, "either the public affairs people out there are incompetent, or they're deliberately concealing what's really going on."
A DISTURBING LACK OF DETAILS
This is what we have on-the-record. Lt. Col. Mangahas is a former commanding officer of the 421st Fighter Squadron ("Black Widows"). He served with the 524th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW) as an F-16 pilot on multiple operations during 2002 - 2003 and again in 2009 in Iraq.
Projected date for the start of the court-martial at Hill AFB is December 5th. The trial is expected to last eight days. A rape conviction is a minimum 30 years behind bars, so we would hope that MilitaryCorrruption.com and civilian media are not prevented from fully covering the proceedings.
To our friends at Hill, Please contact us immediately with INTEL on this case. Your identity, of course, will be kept completely confidential.
The already-shaky credibility of the Air Force can only be further eroded unless there is more transparency regarding serious cases like this. Lt. Col Mangahas could lose his freedom for the rest of his life, to say nothing of being stripped of what has been, until now, a spotless military career. What gives, here?