USAF Lieutenant Colonel charged with rape of senior airman overseas

A C-17 Globemaster III out of Travis Air Force Base, Calif., takes off from Entebbe Airport in Uganda Jan. 22, 2014. The Ugandans have supported multiple U.S. missions in the past few months by providing an airfield, transportation, and maintenance packages so the African Union can successfully carry out peace keeping operations. In the most recent mission, U.S. forces will transport a total number of 850 Rwandan soldiers and more than 1000 tons of equipment into the Central African Republic to aid French and African Union operations against militants during this three week-long operation. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane)

An instructor pilot based with a special operations group in Florida is facing a court-martial following rape accusations reported to have taken place in Uganda.

919th Special Operations Group IP Lieutenant Colonel Michael Black has been charged with three specifications of violating Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which pertains to sexual assault.

919 SOW spokesman LTC James Wilson claimed that Black had declined to comment and that his general court-martial will be held at Eglin AFB in May.

“Any allegations of sexual assault are taken seriously by leaders at all level[s] in our unit,” the unit said in a statement. “As with any case that is pending trial, the member is considered innocent until proven guilty.”

Black reportedly raped a senior airman twice between April and May of 2017, as well as other forms of sexual battery. The incidents took place while deployed to Uganda.

Interestingly enough, Black -who flies C-145A transport aircraft- is still on flight duty, and will continue to be until his trial begins.

A prior-enlisted man, Black was a loadmaster before he became an officer and earned his wings. He has been with the 919th Special Operations Wing since May 2000.

According to the Air Force Times, Black also works as a combat aviation adviser, the title for Airmen who works with ground-based special operations advisors to conduct activities “by, with, and through” foreign air forces.

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