Air Drive Relieves Commander at nineteenth Air Drive

Maj. Gen. Phillip A. Stewart was relieved for lack of confidence in his capacity to command the nineteenth Air Drive, Air Training and Coaching Command introduced Might 10. 

Stewart was relieved for alleged misconduct, which was not described in additional element. AETC mentioned the matter is underneath investigation. 

“The Air Drive takes any misconduct allegation critically and is dedicated to conducting an intensive investigation,” AETC commander Lt. Gen. Brian S. Robinson mentioned in an announcement.  

Brig. Gen. Christopher R. Amrhein, nineteenth Air Drive’s vice commander, was named the interim commander. Amrhein has been with the nineteenth Air Drive since August 2021 and was beforehand inspector basic for Air Mobility Command. 

The nineteenth Air Drive is one among two Numbered Air Forces underneath AETC and is accountable for all flying coaching within the Air Drive, from Undergraduate Pilot Coaching to formal coaching items. It additionally oversees coaching packages for air battle managers, weapons administrators, Air Drive Academy Airmanship, and survival, evasion, resistance, and escape (SERE). 

Stewart assumed command of the nineteenth Air Drive in August 2022 after earlier instructions on the wing and squadron ranges. He additionally has been the Air Drive’s prime adviser in Afghanistan and deputy chief of employees for strategic employment at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. A command pilot with greater than 2,600 hours, he has flown the F-15C, A-29, U-2, MC-12, AT-38, T-38, T-37, and RQ-4. 

He’s the second nineteenth Air Drive Commander to be relieved. In 2015, Maj. Gen. Michael Keltz resigned from his place as commander of nineteenth Air Drive following “an inappropriate remark” made in a “public Air Drive discussion board.”