Former McChord officer under investigation

Col. Ethan Griffin relieved of command

By 18th Air Force PAO on August 9, 2018

Major General Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, relieved Col. Ethan Griffin of command of the 60th Air Mobility Wing Aug. 6. 

Barrett lost trust and confidence in Griffin's ability to continue serving as commander.

Griffin is under investigation for alleged personal financial misconduct. The investigation is led by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Griffin was the vice commander of McChord's 62nd Airlift before assuming command of the 436th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base, August 2016.

While the investigation is ongoing, additional details surrounding the alleged misconduct cannot be released to ensure the integrity of the investigation. All airmen are innocent until proven guilty.

"The Air Force's core values are at the center of who we are as airmen, and we hold ourselves accountable to those values," Barrett said. "The decision to remove a commander is not an easy one, but this is the best step to ensure continued mission success and care for the airmen of Team Travis."

Colonel Matthew Leard, 60th AMW vice commander, serves at the interim commander effective immediately.