Air Force technical sergeant loses rank over racially charged video
By DIANNA CAHN | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 11, 2018
WASHINGTON — A noncommissioned officer in the Air Force whose profane video rant about black female subordinates at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada went viral earlier this year has been demoted, according to her personnel file.
Geraldine Lovely was a technical sergeant when she posted a video of herself on a private Facebook forum in January. In her profanity-laced diatribe that was then reposted on a public Facebook community page dedicated to Air Force airmen, noncommissioned and senior noncommissioned officers, she complained about disrespect from subordinates and stated she was doing her best to remain professional and not “start a fight club.”
Her basic personnel file, released upon request by the Air Force Personnel Center on Wednesday, said Lovely’s rank was changed to staff sergeant on Feb. 13, just weeks after she posted the video.
Lovely’s post drew near immediate response from 99th Air Base Wing spokeswoman Maj. Christina Sukach, who posted Lovely had been removed from her supervisory role pending investigation and that her actions were inappropriate and unacceptable.
A month later, the air base wing announced Lovely had been disciplined but did not release details. Sukach said the administrative record of a servicemember is private under military code. She said Lovely had been “held accountable for her actions” and leadership was “satisfied with the outcome.”
Lovely’s post drew millions of views.
“Why is it that every time I encounter my subordinates [who] are black females they have a giant [expletive] attitude?” Lovely said. “And it’s not like I am coming to them with a [expletive] attitude. I don’t.
“I am trying my best to hold my professionalism with them but good God, they have no [expletive] respect whatsoever,” she said. Within hours, Sukach followed with a response calling the video “inappropriate and unacceptable behavior in today’s society and especially for anyone in uniform.”