Colonel suspended following Inspector General investigation

Air Force Col. Thomas Jackson (U.S. Air Force)

The Illinois Air National Guard has suspended a decorated colonel from his command following an Inspector General investigation.

Prior to his suspension, Col. Thomas P. Jackson had been in command of the 126th Air Refueling Wing (ARW).

Jackson had held the position since March of 2020.

According to Task & Purpose, the suspension implies that the investigation is not yet complete and command has not made their final decision regarding Jackson’s fate.

“Temporary suspension is appropriate when the superior competent authority is concerned about an officer’s ability to command but has not yet determined whether relief of command is warranted and/or whether relief of command should be with or without cause,” Air Force regulations read.

Jackson has been in the USAF since 1994.

The 126th ARW’s vice commander, Col. Steve Olson, has been named the wing’s acting commander at this time.

No further information has been released at this time.


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