Wisconsin Air National Guard whistleblower says Air Force secretary won’t halt his discharge

A video screen grab shows Master Sgt. Jay Ellis recounting how he reported about sexual assaults and harassment within the 115th Fighter Wing squadron in Wisconsin. Ellis is fighting an effort to oust him from the Air Force.


By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: November 28, 2019

MADISON, Wis. — The head of the Air Force will not stop efforts to discharge a Wisconsin Air National Guard whistleblower.

Master Sgt. Jay Ellis complained to U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin last year about sexual assaults and harassment within his 115th Fighter Wing squadron. His complaints triggered two federal investigations.

Ellis alleges his superiors are trying to discharge him on trumped-up medical issues and deny him retirement benefits in retaliation. Baldwin asked U.S. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett last week to put the discharge process on hold until an investigation into Ellis’ retaliation allegations ends.

Baldwin spokesman John Kraus said Wednesday that the secretary responded by saying she will not halt the process but will not approve any discharge recommendation until the retaliation investigation is complete. The voicemail for the Air Force’s general media office was full Wednesday.

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