Temple Speaks Out

It was nearly two years ago that Meridian's 186th Air Refueling Wing was under investigation by the Inspector General of the U.S Air Force.

Allegations of some unit leaders falsifying documents, using racial slurs and other instances of misconduct were cited.

When the investigations were finished, many of those allegations were substantiated. One of the leaders accused was Lt. Col. Tommy Temple.

Temple said he's disappointed in the military system's process, but the real disappointment he has is for the 186th.

"My biggest disappointment is for the people that are still at the Air Guard," Temple said.

Newscenter 11 asked Temple if he feels in any way responsible for what happened.

"I was out there for right at 38 years and I've tried my best to help people. If somebody came and asked for help, I tried. I would challenge anybody to come forward and say if they asked for my help, that I didn't give it to them and that's what I tried to do," said Temple. "Yeah, I feel some responsibility and I'm sorry. It wasn't intentional."

But Temple said he doesn't think he has done anything wrong. Therein lies his problem with the report and his problem with the system's process. He says he feels the investigator did not always listen fairly to both sides of the story.

"Sometimes, yes and sometimes, no. It depended on the subject. There were certain subjects that he was very attentive to and there were others that I felt like that he was not paying much attention to what I was saying," said Temple.

In part two, Temple addresses the four specific charges brought and substantiated against him in an inspector general's report.


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