Civil Air Patrol’s Joe Knight III Suspended by Al Bedgood for Intimidation of FAA Flight Instructor

Civil Air Patrol's Col Alvin Bedgood suspends Joe Knight III for misconductCivil Air Patrol's Col Alvin Bedgood suspends Joe Knight III for misconduct

by Inspector General | AuxBeacon News

[Editor’s Note: While Richard Greenwood served as Georgia Wing commander, his Vice Commander Lt Col Joseph Knight III was suspended for orchestrating with Lt Col Brett Slagle to intimidate and reprise against an FAA Flight Instructor who reported frequent regulation and safety violations among the pilots of Georgia Wing operating in an unofficial “Operations Chain of Command” that kept secrets from their appointed non-flying commanders.]

Lt Col Joseph Knight III, CAP
Headquarters, Georgia Wing
800-A Dobbins Patrol Road
Hangar 5, Room 2110
Dobbins ARB, GA 30069-4210

Dear Colonel Knight:

A complaint was filed with the Inspector General in accordance with Civil Air Patrol Regulation 123-2, Complaints. The Inspector General is responsible for inquiring into the facts of the situation. An investigation determined that you were involved in the situation which was the subject of the inquiry.
Upon completion of an inquiry, the Inspector General draws conclusions and makes classifications based upon information presented from those involved. Possible classifications are:

a. SUBSTANTIATED — an allegation is “substantiated” when the inquiry reveals “a preponderance of evidence” in support of the allegation.

b. NOT SUBSTANTIATED — The inquiry determined that the act complained of did not occur, was justified according to applicable directives, or that there was not a preponderance of evidence to support the allegation.
The information found by the Inspector General has been presented to me as the Commander for a decision concerning any necessary action. The following findings and classifications have been made.

(2) The allegation That you ordered a member to a closed door meeting on 3 April 2012; that the actual purpose of the meeting was to intimidate the member so said member would no longer document Regulatory and Safety Violations, and that as a result the member did suffer improper abuse at this meeting in violation of CAPR 123-2, para 3(1) and CAPR 1-1, paras 1, 3 and 4, is classified as SUBSTANTIATED.

The Inspector General found a substantial number of facts or amount of information supporting the allegation.

(1) The allegation That you lied to a member regarding the purpose of a closed door meeting on 3 April 2012, that the actual purpose of the meeting was to intimidate the member to no longer document Regulatory and Safety Violations in violation of CAPR 123-2, para 3(1) and CAPR 1-1, paras 1, 3 and 4, is classified as NOT SUBSTANTIATED.

The Inspector General determined from the facts presented the act or acts complained of did not occur, was justified according to applicable directives, or that there was not a preponderance of evidence to support the allegation.

I concur with the Inspector General’s findings. Therefore, my decision is to suspend your membership for 30 days, effective Monday, 19 August 2013. You are to surrender your CAP ID card to your Wing Commander on or before 19 August 2013. You may resume your normal CAP duties and activities on 18 September 2013.

Sincerely yours,
ALVIN J. BEDGOOD, Colonel, CAP
Commander
cc:
Major McBroom, SER/LO
GAWG/CC
NHQ

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