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Wright-Patt Major General Under Investigation For Alleged Misconduct

Wesley Farnsworth
U.S. Air Force
Then-Brig. Gen. William T. Cooley (center) salutes after assuming command of the Air Force Research Laboratory during a ceremony in the National Museum of the United States Air Force May, 2, 2017.

The head of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has been relieved of his duties.The Air Force reports Maj. Gen. William Cooley was removed from command Jan. 15 because of "a loss of confidence in his ability to lead, related to alleged misconduct."

The news release does not detail the type of alleged misconduct but says the allegations are under investigation.

"The Air Force takes any misconduct allegation seriously," says Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., commander of Air Force Materiel Command headquartered at WPAFB. "I expect our leadership to uphold the highest standards and live up to the Air Force's core values."

According to the Air Force, Bunch determined a new leader was needed "to ensure good order and discipline."

He's appointed Brig. Gen. Evan Dertien to serve in Cooley's place. Dertien most recently served as director of the Material Command's air, space and cyberspace operations.

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Prior to joining Cincinnati Public Radio, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She enjoys snow skiing, soccer and dogs.