After the bodies of nine victims and the shooter were hauled away, every cable news and talk show in America called Chris Mintz a hero — a meaningless term when applied to most soldiers. It’s too clean a word to describe a man the Army declared a menace.
The crisis stems from crushing budget constraints under the congressional sequester, too many nonflying tasks that distract pilots from their main job, and a perception that the Air Force doesn’t value them, several pilots said.
Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby made headlines in June following the invitation to a post prayer breakfast of a former commander widely criticized for his conservative Christian and anti-Muslim statements. It is not clear whether Grigsby’s suspension had anything to do with that event.