Air Force Academy Commandant John Weida Under Review
The Air Force is reviewing the conduct of the No. 2 officer at the Air Force Academy, a born-again Christian who’s been criticized for promoting his religion inappropriately in memos and speeches, The Associated Press has learned. In a letter dated June 7, acting Air Force Secretary Michael Dominguez told a member of Congress the Air Force inspector general is looking into “allegations of improper conduct” against Brig. Gen. John Weida, the academy commandant.
Dominguez said the review is separate from an investigation by the Pentagon’s inspector general into whether an academy chaplain was transferred early for suggesting evangelical Christians wield too much power at the school.
Weida has been criticized for sending out an e-mail promoting National Prayer Day in May 2003 and for a memo telling cadets they are accountable first to their God. Superintendent Lt. Gen. John Rosa last week said he has spoken to Weida about both instances and that Weida recognized they were mistakes.
While I agree that Weida’s “God first” remark are inappropriate in the current climate, they’re certainly not anything unusual. It was not all that long ago that cadets were marched to chapel services each Sunday. And being criticized for promoting a day Congress specifically set aside for promotion is amusing, to say the least.