After Nearly Year Stuck in Base Library, TXANG First Lieutenant May Finally Be Able to Work Elsewhere
Ian MacLeod thought he would finally receive his separation from the Texas Air National Guard on May 1. He'd been stuck in the base library since the beginning of August -- his ordeal was detailed in this week's issue -- when an investigation into his personal life first began. His commanders had learned that MacLeod (not his real name, as the first lieutenant requested anonymity) had begun a relationship with a woman, Candse Ellis, on the verge of divorce. Despite the fact that she was physically and financially separated from her husband, Army Sgt. Brady Ellis, MacLeod's commanders saw fit to begin an investigation into the nature of his relationship with Candse, a nursing student, waitress, and mother of four.
Ian MacLeod, a first lieutenant in the Texas Air National Guard, just wants his career back.
That investigation, which ended in October, has seen MacLeod inhabit a purgatory far longer than he'd initially thought, and far stricter than he deserved. Not only did the investigation somehow find MacLeod guilty of carrying on an "inappropriate relationship" with Candse -- despite the fact that Brady admitted to tampering the emails that served as the initial basis for accusation -- but MacLeod's superior, Lt. Col. David Penney, who has since retired, placed a No-Contact Order on MacLeod on Candse. Not only could MacLeod not speak with Candse, but he couldn't even tell this grown woman, who presented no physical or logistical threat to the TXANG, that he'd no longer be able to contact her. (TXANG declined to comment on the story.)More »