Brig. Gen. Weida Leaving AFA

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The number three commander at the Air Force Academy is leaving the school, a month after he was fully cleared of using his position to spread Christianity.

Brigadier General Johnny Weida has served as the academy's commandant of cadets since 2003 when he was brought in to help the school recover from a sexual assault and harassment scandal. He's leaving to take a supervisory position in the Air Force's Material Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

The Air Force says Weida's tenure at the academy was up and that his move is routine.

Weida was cleared of seven allegations, including telling cadets that they were first accountable to God. Senate confirmation of his promotion to major general was put on hold while the inspector general's office looked into those allegations. No action has been taken yet.

Weida will be replaced by Colonel Susan Desjardins, a 1980 academy graduate. She's commander of the 437th Airlift Wing of the Air Mobility Command at Charleston Air Force Base in South Carolina.


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