Baldwin calls for probe of alleged misconduct at Air National Guard

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has asked the Air Force to investigate allegations of sexual assault and harassment at the Wisconsin Air National Guard unit based at Truax Field in Madison, according to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal.

The allegations were made against members of the 115th Fighter Wing’s Security Forces Squadron, a group of about 100 that polices the Truax Field Air National Guard Base.

One of the allegations is that the episodes of harassment, which allegedly occurred between 2002 and 2016, were “brushed aside” by senior officers, the report says.

Baldwin, a Madison Democrat, made the request after receiving a letter from Jay Ellis, a master sergeant in the security squadron.

Maj. Penny Ripperger, a spokeswoman for the 115th Fighter Wing, denied that such behavior is tolerated and says the unit takes misconduct allegations seriously.

The Air Force has chosen the 115th Fighter Wing as one of two preferred candidate bases to receive the Air Force's new F-35A Lightning II aircraft. It is not known how the investigation will affect the unit’s chances to secure the aircraft.