The 355th Fighter Wing Commander brings charges against former Command Chief

Chief Master Sgt. Jose Barraza

In a press release by Air Combat Command, the Air Force outlines why the command chief of the 12th Air Force, also known as Air Forces Southern, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, was removed from his position in November.

AFSOUTH Commander Lt. Gen. Mark Kelly removed Chief Master Sgt. Jose Barraza Nov. 23 due to a “loss of confidence in his ability to carry out his duties,” AFSOUTH reported in November.

According to the release dated March 30, the 355th Fighter Wing commander preferred charges against Barraza. The charges are the result of an ongoing investigation conducted by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Barraza is charged with one specification for willfully disobeying an order, seven specifications for dereliction of duty, two specifications for making false official statements and five specifications for obstruction of justice in violation of UCMJ Articles 90, 92, 107 and 134 respectively. The 355th Fighter Wing Commander, Col. Scott C. Campbell, preferred the specifications.

A preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled.

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