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.