Air Force IG Report Ignores Assault on Civilian in Travis Retirement Debacle

Back in April, a group of NCOs physically apprehended and forcibly removed a civilian from a retirement tribute at Travis Air Force Base. The civilian, Oscar Rodriguez, was an invited guest of the honoree, MSgt Chuck Roberson, who wanted him there to perform a recitation to accompany the folding of Roberson’s retirement flag. When Rodriguez began […]

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Air Force changing rules to allow religious speech during retirements

The US Air Force is revising their policies regarding flag-folding ceremonies to allow religious language after a controversial and well-documented case for such provisions erupted at California’s Travis Air Force Base. Retired MSGT Oscar Rodriguez was forcibly removed from a friend’s retirement ceremony for attempting to recite the requested flag-folding speech in which the Christian […]

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After Flood of Bad Press, Air Force Flip-Flops on Travis Retirement Debacle

About two years ago, Gen. Mark Welsh made a remark during one of his many base visits that made me think, incorrectly, that he understood something important about public agency leadership. He said (paraphrasing) that the Air Force should listen to its critics, because they’re not always wrong. Had he followed his own advice more […]

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SMSgt who was removed from retirement ceremony gives USAF ultimatum

A retired Senior Master Sergeant who was forcibly removed during a flag-folding ceremony is giving the US Air Force an ultimatum: apologize and punish those responsible or face a federal civil-rights lawsuit. SMSgt (R) Oscar Rodriguez -who was known for his moving delivery “flag-folding speech” during folding ceremonies is collaborating with lawyers  from the First […]

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Integrity First? Air Force Continues Dodging and Stonewalling on Travis AFB Assault

It was April 3rd that a civilian member of the Travis Air Force Base community was assailed by a group of uniformed airmen and chucked from a retirement ceremony to which he’d been invited by the honoree. It was just a few days later that we shared video evidence of the incident, followed shortly thereafter […]

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Exclusive: Civilian Assaulted in Air Force Video Speaks Out

Last week, we brought you a disturbing video from a retirement ceremony at Travis Air Force Base in which a group of uniformed Air Force personnel physically detained and forcibly removed a civilian from a retirement ceremony. The clip: In that original story and in a follow-up a few days later, we reported that the […]

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Unauthorized Patriotism: USAF Uses Physical Force to Control Flag Ceremony

Retired SMSgt. Oscar Rodriguez is known for his moving and patriotic renditions of a specialized script during the folding of Old Glory at various ceremonies and tributes around the Travis Air Force Base community. He’s been performing the script for years at the invitation of honorees and friends. But when he showed up to provide […]

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Video: Retired SMSgt Forcibly Removed from Retirement Ceremony

A follow-up to this story is available here. A video cued to JQP today by several airmen at Travis Air Force Base chronicles a physical confrontation between a group of uniformed airmen and a retired member of the community. Whatever happened here, it turned an important family ceremony into a disgraceful spectacle. In the 50-second clip, which was reportedly taken at […]

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