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.
Craig A. Franklin
Major General Craig A. Franklin
|Service/||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1981 – 2014|
|Commands held||3rd Air Force|
31st Fighter Wing
332nd Air Expeditionary Wing
|Awards||Defense Superior Service Medal|
Legion of Merit
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."
- "Lieutenant Craig A. Franklin". United States Air Force. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- Robert Draper (November 30, 2014). "The Military's Rough Justice on Sexual Assault". New York Times.
- 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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- Baldor, Lolita C. (10 April 2013). "Air Force general defends overturning sex assault verdict". Air Force Times. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- Davis, Kristin (30 August 2013). "3rd AF commander warned about overturning sex assault verdict". Air Force Times. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- Montgomery, Nancy (18 December 2013). "Air Force removes Lt. Gen. Franklin from sexual assault case". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- Airman 1st Class Trevor Rhynes (5 April 2012). "3rd Air Force welcomes new commander". Lakenheath.af.mil. Archived from the original on 3 March 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
| Commander, Third Air Force
Timothy M. Ray