Officer dating enlisted
The Air Force Times article plainly paints why Perry’s firing for, in part, fraternization is anything but clear-cut.According to sources the Air Force Times talked to the couple did virtually nothing out of line with larger Air Force policies. The couple reached out to hurting squadron members. Two of Perry’s top priorities were “an extra layer of support for airmen and encourages interaction among families.” To me that sounds like a dream unit.Because here’s the deal: Sometimes commanders — and their wives — don’t want anything to do with the little people (both O and E) under them. When we’ve made so much progress as a force in keeping up the O/E barriers necessary (and some are for professional reasons) while tearing down the ones that just cause animosity (like those between spouses), do we really need a message like the one given by this firing to muddle things up again?
Another said the squadron commander seemed to favor ‘Blue Ropes,’ a cadre of top performing military training instructors.
One witness stated Perry spent “extensive amounts of time” with his superintendent, that their relationship went ‘beyond a normal working relationship’ and that the Perrys had socialized with the superintendent and her family outside of work.