Lt. Col. Brian Milner, the commander of the 9th Bomb Squadron, was relieved of command on Monday due to “a loss of confidence in his ability to complete the assigned duties,” a spokesman for the 7th Bomb Wing told Military.com.
Lt. Col. Ryan Stillwell took over the command position and will be the permanent replacement, per the base.
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A vague, three-sentence statement from the 7th Bomb Wing on Monday said the squadron commander was removed from leadership and did not name the officer nor his replacement. The statement also added they would not be disclosing any additional information, claiming to “protect the privacy of the individual, further details will not be released.”
The services often don't disclose specifics of why a commander is fired, typically citing the federal Privacy Act that protects military records, and rely on some variation of the phrase “loss of trust and confidence” instead of detailing the reasons behind a shake-up, including whether there was misconduct.
Officials from the 7th Bomb Wing later told Military.com the commander's name and his replacement on Tuesday. Questions asking if Milner is still with…