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    Air Force’s Deputy Chief of Chaplains Fired

    Air Force’s Deputy Chief of Chaplains Fired

    The second in command of the 's chaplains has been removed from his role, the service announced last week.

    Brig. Gen. Daniel Brantingham was removed from his position as the deputy chief of chaplains on Jan. 31, and a “pattern of leadership shortfalls contributed to the decision,” Department of the Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told .com on Thursday. The service's chaplain staff members are taking on his duties until a replacement is assigned.

    The services often don't disclose specific reasons for why a commander or military leader is fired, typically citing the federal Privacy Act, which protects military records, and relying on the opaque phrase “loss of trust and confidence” instead of detailing the reasons behind a shake-up.

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    “Our military leaders are held to the highest standards of personal and professional conduct and are accountable for their actions when falling short of those expectations,” Maj. Gen. Randall Kitchens, the Air Force chief of chaplains, said in an emailed statement.

    Stefanek did tell on Thursday that Brantingham was not being investigated for any misconduct and said he was still serving in the Air Force.

    Brantingham did not respond to a phone call and text message at a number listed for him in public records.

    In his role as deputy chief of chaplains,…

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