Air Force to Probe Religious Climate at Colorado Academy
A couple weeks ago, the Air Force Academy came under scrutiny for its religious climate. The other shoe has now dropped.
The Air Force said yesterday it is creating a task force to address the religious climate at the U.S. Air Force Academy, following allegations that its faculty and staff have pressured cadets to convert to evangelical Christianity. The acting secretary of the Air Force, Michael L. Dominguez, ordered the task force to make a preliminary assessment by May 23 of the religious atmosphere on the Colorado Springs campus and its “relevance . . . to the entire Air Force.” He named Lt. Gen. Roger A. Brady, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for personnel, to head the effort.
The investigation is the second major probe of the academy in two years. In 2003, dozens of former female cadets came forward to say they had been sexually assaulted at the academy, prompting an overhaul of its policies toward women.
It’s unfortunate that the Academy leadership has had to bring outsiders in to help them with two major scandals in as many years. One hopes they get this fixed.