It appears as if some of those assigned to the 214th Reconnaissance Squadron, Arizona Air National Guard and based in Tucson, were really enduring a hardship tour operating those remotely-piloted aircraft (RPAs).
How bad, you ask? As in drawing TDY allowances while living at home and flying RPA missions in support of deployed troops.
One of the indicted was an O6 – Colonel Gregg Davies. Ranks of the remaining personnel indicted were not immediately available.
Davies reportedly used his position “to circumvent measures that were supposed to prevent unauthorized temporary duty entitlements when military members are neither deployed nor away for training from their home.” The others apparently just raked in their unauthorized cash – to the tune of over $1 million total. Many individuals involved are thought to have pocketed upwards of $100,000.
I hope the justice system burns the hell out of these fools.