Air Force Logistics Commander in Korea Fired Due to Loss of Confidence

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Lt. Col. Michael Kearney
Lt. Col. Michael Kearney (U.S. Air Force photo)

A commander of the logistics readiness squadron at Osan Air Base, South Korea, has been removed from his post due to a loss of confidence in his ability to lead.

Lt. Col. Michael Kearney, commander of the 51st Logistics Readiness Squadron, was removed from his post by Col. John Gonzales, 51st Fighter Wing commander, on Tuesday, according to a spokesperson from the 51st Fighter Wing.

“The decision was made due to loss of confidence in Kearney’s ability to effectively lead the squadron,” the spokesperson said in an email.

“Kearney has been reassigned to 7th Air Force, where he will work under the A4 logistics, engineering, and force protection directorate. Maj. Hans Hobbs, 51st LRS director of operations, has assumed temporary command of the squadron until the new commander arrives,” the spokesperson said.

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The spokesperson did not provide additional details on whether an investigation precipitated Kearney’s removal.

According to the 51st LRS Facebook group, Kearney has been at the squadron at least since 2017.

The 51st LRS contributes to the wing’s operations through planning and direction for the distribution of equipment.

Last year, airmen from the squadron helped prepare for President Donald Trump’s visit to the region for the second U.S. and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea summit held in Hanoi, Vietnam, according to a release.

The airmen assisted in “securing diplomatic clearances for the cargo” in addition to coordinating plans between Osan, Kunsan, Suwon and Kadena Air Bases in the theater, the release said.

-- Oriana Pawlyk can be reached at oriana.pawlyk@military.com. Follow her on Twitter at @Oriana0214.

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