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Grand Forks AFB finishes investigation

Release Number: 020914

The Air Force has completed an investigation into allegations of proficiency test compromise by air traffic control Airmen of the 319th Operations Support Squadron here.

A total of 48 Airmen received various degrees of administrative and punitive action to include letters of counseling, letters of reprimand and non-judicial punishment, to include demotion actions.

Additionally, Col. Paul E. Bauman, 319th Air Base Wing commander, directed any Airmen involved in the test compromise to undergo re-evaluation and re-certification prior to resuming their duties.

The investigation was directed by Gen. Darren W. McDew, commander, Air Mobility Command, after it was discovered that an Airman possessed images of test materials and shared them with other Airmen.

Air Mobility Command sent a three-man team of air traffic control experts to the base to re-inspect the 319th OSS standardization, evaluation and training programs.  The team determined the Grand Forks ATC system is conducting safe air traffic control operations, and that at no time was the safety, security or effectiveness of the air traffic control mission ever in jeopardy.

Leaders at the base also used the investigation findings to further strengthen testing procedures, security and oversight within the air traffic control facility.