U.S. Military
7:27 am
Sun July 22, 2012

Alabama National Guard Investigated for Improper Travel

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) —

The Alabama National Guard has launched an investigation into a recent deployment from Birmingham to England to determine whether guard personnel improperly took relatives along on military aircraft.

The Birmingham News reports Berryhill has confirmed the investigation. The guard declined to elaborate on the nature of the allegations.

At issue are members of the 117th Air Refueling Wing based at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

The unit deployed a total of 96 members in two 2-week rotations to Royal Air Force Lakenheath and Royal Air Force Mildenhall in England last month.

The unit flies KC-135R Stratotankers, which can refuel jets in midair.

Guard spokesman Capt. Andrew J. Richardson says more information will be available when the investigation is complete.

Information from: The Birmingham News

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