Craig A. Franklin

Major General Craig A. Franklin is a retired United States Air Force general officer. He was last the commander of 3rd Air Force, based at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. A 1981 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Franklin served in flying assignments, instructor pilot assignments, as well as multiple staff assignments. Franklin has commanded a test and evaluation group and three wings, including the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing based at Balad Air Base, Iraq.[1][2]

Craig A. Franklin
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Major General Craig A. Franklin
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUnited States Air Force seal United States Air Force
Years of service1981 – 2014
RankMajor General
Commands held3rd Air Force
53rd Wing
31st Fighter Wing
332nd Air Expeditionary Wing
AwardsDefense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal

Franklin submitted his retirement to be effective 31 January 2014. His early retirement resulted in a reduction in retirement rank to the two-star rank of major general. This is as a direct result of Franklin's dismissal of a sexual assault case in February 2013 after the officer in question, a lieutenant colonel, had been found guilty at a court martial in November 2012. The officer was subsequently released from prison and restored to his rank, only to be forced into retirement at a lower rank after the discovery of further sexual misconduct.

In a statement Franklin said, "he was retiring 'for the good of this command and the Air Force' because of persistent doubts about his impartiality in overseeing sex-abuse investigations."[3]


  1. ^ "Lieutenant Craig A. Franklin". United States Air Force. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  2. ^ Robert Draper (November 30, 2014). "The Military's Rough Justice on Sexual Assault". New York Times.
  3. ^ Whitlock, Craig (8 January 2014). "Air Force general to retire after criticism for handling of sexual-assault case". Washington Post. Retrieved 9 January 2014.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Frank Gorenc
Commander, Third Air Force
Succeeded by
Timothy M. Ray