USAF Colonel, call sign “Snatch,” lost job for taking F-16 on joyride to visit girlfriend

The former head of the Vermont Air National Guard reportedly took his F-16 to answer the “call of booty,” abusing his authority to fly the aircraft to his Army girlfriend in Washington, DC.

Now-retired Colonel “Snatch” Thomas Jackman was sacked from his position as head of the 158th Fighter Wing in 2015, after it was revealed that he set up a bogus “work-related” trip in order to fly his F-16 to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland or Joint Base Langley in Virginia, risking a snowstorm in the process.

The reason for the flight plan? A female US Army Colonel who worked at the Pentagon, who allegedly met with him at an off-base hotel.

According to the Vermont Digger, the two had passed sultry messages between each other over electronic messaging mediums prior to the rendezvous.

“Look forward to seeing the real deal in person soon!” Jackman emailed the woman prior to the trip.

As the date approached, Jackman was grounded at Burlington International due to a snowstorm.

“Runway at Andrews is closed for snow,” Jackman wrote the woman. “Not sure if it will open at all today but will keep trying. Looks like worse case is to fly to Langley this afternoon and rent a car from there and drive up tonight.”

Despite the weather, Jackman made the flight- only to soon be discovered by Vermont Air Guard leadership. Ordered home on a commercial flight, Jackman was stripped of his fighter (which had to be picked up and flown back) and quietly removed from his position. In the end, he was allowed to retire with full benefits and keep his security clearance.

Army 1st Lt. Mike Arcovitch, a spokesman for the Vermont National Guard, said the Guard is prohibited from commenting on personnel matters.

The Vermont Digger has covered the Vermont Air Guard with a considerable level of scrutiny, revealing what they have dubbed a “flying fraternity” of sexed-up renegade pilots who abuse alcohol, mistreat women and receive special treatment by superiors.

The VT Air Guard is expected to receive twenty F-35 Lightning II fighter jets, despite protests by local leaders that the new aircraft is “too noisy.”

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