Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Mazzone, the command chief of Air Force Global Strike Command based at Barksdale in Bossier City has been fired for having an “unprofessional relationship” during his previous assignment as command chief for both the Air Force District of Washington and the 320th Air Expeditionary Wing at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.

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The Air Force Times reports General Timothy Ray has removed the 28-year veteran from his post. Details of this action became public when an email from Ray to all members of the command was leaked to the unofficial Air Force Facebook page, which posted it online.

The news release says

Unprofessional relationships directly undermine good order and discipline as they detract from the superior member’s authority and reasonably create the appearance of favoritism, misuse of position or the abandonment of organizational goals for personal interests.

“Based on the evidence developed during the investigation, I determined adverse administrative action was appropriate,” Ray wrote. “I also determined that good order and discipline necessitated Chief Mazzone be removed.”

A report in Stripes.com says the investigation was ordered in September and the report reveals that Mazzone had a sexual relationship with a woman in his chain of command. He allegedly sent her explicit text messages and bought her a silver, heart-shaped ring. Some interviews in the report indicate the relationship began as early as 2016, though the investigation focused on allegations from June 2017 through November 2017.

Mazzone joined Strike Command at Barksdale in December 2017.

The report adds that the two would go to lunch together, exchange gifts by leaving them in each other’s vehicles. The woman apparently wrote a song for Mazzone and sent him a video of her singing it. The lyrics included, “it being so wrong but being so right, nights in his truck, his kiss on her lips.” .

Chief Master Sgt. Melvina Smith, the Eighth Air Command chief, has moved temporarily into Mazzone’s job.

“It is imperative that we create the right culture and climate in our command to become the long range precision strike force that our nation needs,” Ray wrote in the email to command personnel.

Mazzone joined the Air Force in 1990 and had been at the Global Strike Command since December 2017.

He has been reassigned within the command and is awaiting retirement.