Three Female Generals and Air Force Pilots Posed for a Picture in February. Two Have Now Been Fired.

Two-star MajGen Dawn Dunlop was, until May 31st, the director of the Defense Department’s Special Access Programs Central Office. (That’s the office that handles programs so secretive they require even more clearances than usual — “special access.”)  According to the Pentagon, Gen Dunlop was removed in response to an ongoing IG investigation. Anonymous sources quoted in the article indicated Gen Dunlop created a “toxic” leadership environment.

Gen Dunlop was feted as the Air Force’s highest ranking female fighter pilot.

This was a month after BrigGen Kristin Goodwin was fired from her position at the US Air Force Academy — also during an IG investigation apparently regarding her leadership style and treatment of subordinates.

Interestingly, both BrigGen Goodwin and MajGen Dunlop recently took a photo with BrigGen Leavitt during the build up to the release of the Captain Marvel movie, representing the highest ranking female pilots in the Air Force:

For her part, BrigGen Leavitt was recently nominated for a second star. Hope she’s not superstitious.



  • this viet usaf vet sez,,,,,,,this blog is a oxymoron….a contradiction,,,,,,,jesus will not bless your war crimes period….i found christian chaplains in my viet usaf a total basphemy jesus would have been horrorfied over this war is good busines war then and now….if you are a true believer you cannot serve in any capacity a killing machine fighting a war for MIC profits and miltary careerists. you must resign or leave upon your legal obligation. otherwise you are a worst case hypocrite and not a christian……capeesh?

    • one big difference,,,,,,the viet era warfare was conducted in a draft system. the many chaplains i knew had a quiet but real problem with our warfare in sea……..the common draftee or enlistee was required under penalty of law or ham handedly coerced into serving or face jail…since then,,no one is forcing any amercian to serve in the us military,,,,hence you cannot hide from your christian conscience or Christ’s words on the sermon on the mount.

    • @a. viet vet

      if you are a true believer you cannot serve in any capacity…otherwise you are…not a christian…

      Wait..what? Humble much? Let me know when you have something to contribute to the conversation.

    • A lot of fighter pilots, bomber crew members (like my uncle), Marines, Navy and Army personnel were Christians in WWII, are you going to spit on their grave as well?? To get to the point, one of my uncles was a bombardier on B-24’s in the Pacific who pushed that button to drop bombs on Japanese targets as ordered to, and he did his service with distinction and honor. My father was part of the ground crew for a Marine fighter squadron on Guadalcanal, getting those fighters ready so that Marine pilots can attack Japanese aircraft and targets, and he did that with distinction and honor as well.

  • Listen Up JD,,,,Ike foretold the future in his farewell address to the nation, i heard it LIVE,,,as a teen,,,,,but you dont have to be the pope to know our wars in viet nam and all since have been wholly unjustified,,,i suggest you youtube the sermon on the mount given by bruce marchiano as jesus,,,i am afraid professing to be a true believing christian and serving a war machine for the mil complex, careerists or because it’s a secure career of 20-35 years just doesn’t wash with being a true christian,,, many officers otherwise flight qualified choose to serve on the ground, because they have more control over collateral damage then from the air……i dont care what your former rank or mos might have been,,,,,or theological education,,,,,,,the truth hurts,,,you can’t hide from your conscience…go thou and sin NO MORE!

  • Michael Martin

    The above article is about 3 female AF generals, two of whom have been removed from their commands while under investigation for various complaints about their leadership. Those commands need to function efficiently at all times. Obviously, per the complaints, that was not happening under the leadership of the two in question, so they were removed pending the completion of an investigation to determine the validity of the complaints. Makes sense to me.

    It is unfortunate for the two generals if the complaints are unfounded, yet their former units need to continue functioning regardless of who is in charge. That is the top priority. Meanwhile, let the investigators do their work and conclude with either an exoneration or some form of appropriate disciplinary action.

    We live in a fallen world, where absolutely perfect justice is impossible to attain. But, all things considered, I believe that this course of action is the best for everyone involved.

    As to the ignorant accusations, and self-righteous rantings of “a. viet vet”, they are completely irrelevant to the case under consideration here. However, he provides an interesting parallel. He is like many accusers in today’s culture who demand that the whole world stop and heed their personal complaints regardless of whatever else is going on. It is all about them—nothing else matters. He is a child throwing a temper tantrum in the middle of an adult conversation.