Another pilot gets punished for penis portraits

Phil Briggs
November 29, 2018 - 10:38 am

USAF 69th Bomb Squadron

Yes! Another story about military aviators and their fascination with the phallus.

After two separate (but equally amusing) incidents put Navy and Marine Corps pilots in the "no-fly" zone earlier this year, it now appears to be the Air Force’s turn.

Military.com is reporting Lt. Col. Paul Goossen was removed from command of the 69th Bomb Squadron on Nov. 27 because penis drawings were discovered on screens inside the cockpit of a B-52 bomber.

U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson

Above: Lt. Col. Paul Goossen

In more official language, an Air Force spokesperson said Goossen, commander of the B-52 Stratofortress squadron from Minot, ND was fired for, “his failure to maintain a professional workplace environment.”

Sources familiar with the incident revealed to Military.com that, “penis drawings were discovered on a moving map software displayed on the B-52's Combat Network Communication Technology (CONECT).”

The system which displays things like pre-planned flight routes, and target coordinates captured the data for use in debriefs after flight operations. Military.com sources said that screenshots of flight patterns were shown at a party celebrating the end of their deployment.

Air Force Global Strike spokesman Lt. Col. Uriah Orland told Military.com, "Any actions or behavior that do not embody our values and principles are not tolerated within the Air Force ... this includes creating or contributing to an unhealthy, inappropriate work environment."

Related Video:  Check out this awesome video taken by the Knighthawks of the Fighting 69th Bomb Squadron  

 

Allegedly the sexually suggestive screenshots were captured during the 69th's deployment to Al Udeid Air Force Base, Qatar, from Fall 2017 through Spring 2018 and saved onto a CD.  The discovery of the material aroused the suspicion of leadership and started the investigation. The subsequent investigation into the penis improprieties was initiated by Col, Bradley Cochran according to Miltary.com

Goossen was commander of the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, and according to an Air Force release, the squadron, “flew nearly 6,000 combat hours and dropped more than 2,300 munitions on enemy targets in support of Operations Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria, and Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.”

Photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy Lovgren, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing

Above: A crew from 69th Bomb Squadron showing Knighthawk pride. (and a sense of humor)

According to the Air Force, the B-52 penis flight patterns have come to an end over Afghanistan, as they have been replaced by the B-1B Lancer.  According to an Air Force statement earlier this year, “As the B-52s depart ... the arrival of the upgraded B-1 ensures the CENTCOM AOR bomber duty transfers seamlessly to the “bone.”

 

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