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Air Force general resigns command after ‘drunker than 10,000 Indians’ remark

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Maj. Gen. Michael A. Keltz (US Air Force)

An Air Force general resigned his command last week after making insulting remarks about Native Americans.

Maj. Gen. Michael Keltz, commander of the 19th Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, made the comments during a disciplinary hearing last month for a lower-ranking officer accused of being intoxicated, reported the Express-News.

Keltz told the officer he appeared to be “drunker than 10,000 Indians” in a photo entered as evidence in the hearing.

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The other officer had accepted a finding of wrongdoing in a previous hearing, and Keltz berated him after the officer had asked for a reduced punishment during the April 9 hearing.

Keltz is a decorated combat pilot who led task forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He led the 19th Air Force since Oct. 1.

Another appeal for the lower-ranking punishment will be held at a later date.


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