Air Force confirms former National Guard commander under investigation

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The former Wisconsin Air Guard commander is under investigation following allegations that he interfered in sexual assault investigations- by launching investigations of his own.

The office of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers reported that the National Guard Bureau’s Office will be conducting an investigation into the improperly-motivated investigations carried out by Adj. Gen. Donald Dunbar.

Despite the National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations noting that the investigators under Dunbar’s command were potentially compromised, Dunbar began to launch an investigation into multiple sexual assault complaints, reportedly sweeping several under the rug.

The OCI investigation was initiated at the request of US Senator Tammy Baldwin, who requested the probe after Master Sgt. Jay Ellis complained to Baldwin in 2018, claiming the 115 Fighter Wing Security Squadron was looking the other way or dismissing misconduct complaints.

Following the OCI probe, Dunbar resigned at Evers’ request mere hours before the findings were released, and has since retired.

According to the Star Tribune, Dunbar’s investigation team mishandled countless sexual assault complaints, including launching internal investigations in 22 of 35 cases reported between 2009 and 2019.

NGB spokesman Maj. Rob Perino stated that any investigation would be handled by the Air Force, as Dunbar held the rank of general when he led the Wisconsin Air Guard.

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