An internal investigation from the inspector general of the Air Force, obtained by the Channel 4 I-Team, shows one of the highest ranked military officials in his state was disciplined for using his position to give Titans tickets to his family and friends.
The tickets were purchased by the Air National Guard, which means your tax dollars paid for them, and the military officials who secured the tickets thought they would be used by military recruits or Air National Guard staff working with recruits.
The investigation, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, shows Tennessee Air National Guard Asst. Adjutant General Don Johnson gave his family and friends tickets to four different games in the 2011 season where the Titans played teams like the Colts, Saints and Bengals at LP Field.
The investigative report shows the tickets were for an exclusive suite at the stadium.
The investigative file shows an unnamed senior master sergeant who secured the tickets gave all 20 tickets to the Titans/Broncos game on Sept. 25, 2011, to Johnson. The SMS is quoted in the investigation saying she assumed the tickets would be used for Air National Guard leadership staff and recruits.
But the investigative report shows Johnson used eight of those tickets for himself, his wife, his in laws, his two sons and their girlfriends.
The investigative file also shows that instead of six recruits watching the Colts game on Oct. 11, 2011, from the suite, Johnson instead gave the tickets to himself, his wife, his two sons and their girlfriends.
The investigative report shows for the Saints game on Dec. 11, 2011, Johnson asked for five additional tickets because his mother-in-law, sister-in-law and father-in-law were all flying in for a surprise birthday party for his wife.
At the Bengal's game on Nov. 6, 2011, there was a mass swearing-in ceremony for Air National Guard recruits on the field, and the investigative report shows Johnson wanted his wife on the field for it.
The report shows the SMS told him they couldn't do that because of credential issues.
The report states Johnson asked three more times, and finally a recruits supervisor said that they give one student's credential to Johnson's wife.
The SMS is quoted saying, "We actually canceled a student from doing a mass swear in on the field...so she (Johnson's wife) could go on the field."
The report indicates Johnson did not know that the student's credential was given up for his wife.
A spokesman for the TN Air National Guard said Johnson wasn't available for an interview, but in the report, Johnson is quoted as saying, "I feel very embarrassed and as a brand new general, the last thing you want to do is bring knucklehead exposure to General Wyatt, General Haston or anybody else in the TN National Guard."
The spokesman for the TN Air National Guard said Johnson was issued a General Officer Letter of Reprimand by the vice chief of staff of the United States Air Force, and that letter was placed in his official service record.
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