Friday, June 8, 2012Air Force Answers from questions asked during the May briefing to Senator Mark
Warner, Rep’s Adam Kinzinger and Bobby Scott
a. The Secretary of the Air Force must stop all reprisals, non-judicial punishment and FlightEvaluation Boards for Captain Wilson, Major Gordon and any pilots that come forward to reportconcerns with the F-22.Air Force answer: Major Gordon and Captain Wilson are members of the Virginia Air NationalGuard and, absent their being in federal Title 10 status which they are not, disciplinary actionsrun through their Title 32 Guard chain of command. We refer all questions on these actions tothe Virginia Adjutant General. Secretary Donley has instructed a "pause" in any adverse actionsregarding F-22 pilots who refuse to fly and the components have acknowledged this direction.Information regarding the conduct that led to the initiation of disciplinary action is protectedunder the Privacy Act and would, in any case, best be addressed by his Virginia Air NationalGuard chain of command.b. Please provide us the assessments of the Air Force Scientific Committee's results.Answer: The United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Report on Aircraft OxygenGeneration is in the final editing stage. The final draft of the report will be reviewed shortly forsafety privilege information, security, and public release.
We expect these reviews to becomplete by 29 Jun.
c. You mentioned some pilot surveys discussing concerns with the F-22, please provide us theresults of those surveysAnswer: The F-22 community AFCAST and Organizational Safety Assessment (OSA) data arebeing analyzed by the AF Safety Center. This two-part safety assessment was requested byCOMACC on 30 Mar 2012. The results were recently presented to COMACC and he is in theprocess of providing this information to the respective commanders while acting on specific AFSafety Center recommendations. The AF Safety Center Human Factors Division also executedfour AFCAST survey requests commissioned by F-22 squadron commanders in 2011. Only thecommander(s) who requested the surveys control the results. We believe it is prudent to analyzethe entirety of these surveys, with the context of time and risk mitigation, to fully understandtheir results. This internal-use policy encourages frank and open communication within thoseunits, and allows those commanders to quickly obtain accurate safety culture information toprevent recurrences. These reports continue to enhance mission effectiveness and ensureappropriate corrective action is taken.
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d. We understand there was a recent safety survey of F-22 pilots. Please provide me the resultsof those surveys.