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Grand Forks AFB Airmen investigated for test compromise

Release Number: 010814

The Air Force has initiated a commander-directed investigation here into allegations of proficiency test compromise by air traffic control Airmen of the 319th Operations Support Squadron.

This is following the discovery that an Airman possessed images of test material and shared it with other Airmen. It is important to note that at no time was safety, security or effectiveness of the air traffic control mission ever in jeopardy. All Air Force air traffic controllers are certified via an Air Force process which meets FAA standards, and the 319th OSS controllers remain certified. However, as a prudent measure, those Airmen allegedly involved in the incident are not being scheduled for ATC-related duties at this time.

The 319th OSS administered new proficiency tests beginning August 5 to its air traffic controllers. Anyone who did not pass is subject to the standing procedures for failing a proficiency test, to include re-training and re-testing according to Air Force Instructions. Gen. Darren McDew, Air Mobility Command commander, initiated the commander-directed investigation into the matter, focusing on accountability, test development and procedures, and unit climate. Additionally, Air Mobility Command is sending a three member team of air traffic controller experts arriving tomorrow to perform re-inspection of the 319th OSS standardization, evaluation and training programs.

The Air Force takes allegations of lapses of integrity very seriously, will conduct a thorough investigation, and commanders will take appropriate action as necessary.

Our office will provide additional information as it becomes available.