The head of an Air Force Osprey tiltrotor squadron has reportedly been fired following the near-fatal crash of one of the unit’s aircraft on June 13. “The commander of the 8th Special Operations Squadron was relieved because of a loss of confidence in his ability to effectively command the unit,” Col. James Slife, 1st Special Operations Wing chief, told Inside Defense (subscription required).
Slife did not give the squadron commander’s name, but an Air Force press release identifies him as Lt. Col. Matt Glover of Austin, Texas. Glover assumed command of the flying branch’s first Osprey squadron in May last year. His goal, he said at the time, was to “grow and improve the CV-22 force,” using the designation for the Air Force version of the tiltrotor.
“The challenges of the 8th Special Operations Squadron’s demanding mission require new leadership to maintain the highest levels of precision,” Slife told Inside Defense. The implication is that the Air Force is attributing the crash to squadron procedures or the readiness level of its aircrews.