Two at AFA Suspended in 'Human Relations Incident'


Two people at the Air Force Academy's Preparatory School have been suspended from duties over a "human relations incident."

The academy confirmed the move Thursday afternoon, but refused to say what happened, citing an ongoing investigation. The school didn't say who was conducting the investigation.

A source at the academy and another at the Pentagon said the incident didn't involved sexual misconduct, or criminal behavior. The academy source, who wasn't authorized to speak on the record, said the incident didn't occur at basic training, now being conducted at the preparatory school.

In Air Force terminology, a human relations incident can be anything from a rape to racial or religious discrimination.

"Early this morning, U.S. Air Force Academy leaders became aware of an alleged human relations incident at the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School," the academy said in a news release Thursday. "The Air Force and the Air Force Academy stand for respect and dignity for every individual and we take all such allegations seriously."

The academy's rapid suspension of the two could be indicative of the seriousness of the situation. Frequently, airmen and cadets suspected of crimes are allowed to remain on the job as their case is investigated.

John Van Winkle, an academy spokesman, wouldn't say whether the incident involved civilian workers, airmen or cadet candidates.

The preparatory school has 240 cadet candidates who entered basic training there last month for a 10-month program to prepare them for academy admission.

The school drills students -- about half of whom are recruited athletes -- on math and English.

The preparatory school last was rocked by scandal in 2004, when one sexual assault was reported on its small campus and another involving a student from the school attacking a civilian was investigated.

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