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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — An Air Force senior noncommissioned officer charged with helping other airmen cheat on promotion tests will face a general court-martial Thursday at Ramstein Air Base.

Master Sgt. Abdur-Rahim Saafir is charged with multiple counts of conspiracy and failure to obey an order or regulation.

Saafir, a former missions support flight superintendent for the 469th Air Base Group at Rhein-Main Air Base, is accused of having Weighted Airmen Promotion System testing material and sharing it with airmen across the globe.

Some of the allegations go back as far as 2000, when Saafir was in San Antonio.

Saafir has won numerous awards in his more than 19 years in the service.

In 2003, he was named U.S. Air Forces in Europe personnel manager of the year for saving the Air Force more than $15,000 in travel costs by having enlisted promotion tests held at Rhein-Main instead of at Ramstein Air Base. The bases are nearly 80 miles apart.

Airmen from several bases have been implicated in the alleged cheating scandal, according to the Air Force.

The Air Force annually administers more than 200,000 tests to more than 100,000 airmen, who take different tests depending on their rank and career field. In a March press release, Air Force officials “expressed confidence” in the integrity of the system and said airmen continue to take the tests.


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