Air Force says it has punished airman for her video rant about “black females’ attitudes”

(Geraldine Lovely/Facebook)

An Air Force non-commissioned officer at Nellis Air Force Base, who was removed from her position of authority in January, has reportedly been punished for her actions.

She was removed from her charge of other airmen after using profanity and singling out some of her subordinates based on their race in a video posted online.

TSgt Geraldine Lovely went live on Facebook to rant about her personal issues with disrespectful subordinates whom she described as “black females.”

“It pisses me off that they have no f***ing respect and constantly having an attitude,” she said.

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Lovely’s unit, Major Christina Sukach, said in an email, “while specifics on this case can’t be released, 99th Air Base Wing leadership is satisfied with the outcome.”

Sukach was unable to give the details of her punishment because Lovely’s administrative record is protected by the Privacy Act of 1974, but she did say Lovely has been “held accountable for her actions” under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

“These cases are not tried in social media but handled through the fair and due process afforded to military members under public law and regulations,” said Sukach.

After the video was released publically, Sukach originally stated the Air Force was going to see if Lovely’s video was an isolated incident or if it was a broader issue at the base.

“While the actions of this individual are inappropriate and unacceptable, we are using this unfortunate situation to continue a dialogue with our Airmen about the topic of good order and discipline, as well as adherence to the Air Force Core Values,” said Sukach at the time.

Not all are satisfied with the Air Force’s limited response to inquiries made about how the incident was handled.

Retired Master Sgt. Steven Mayne, the administrator for the private Facebook group where Lovely’s video was originally posted, told Task & Purpose that Lovely’s unit needs to be more forthcoming about how she was punished.

Mayne believes the public should know the severity of Lovely’s punishment; it will indicate how seriously the Air Force addressed the situation.

Mayne asks, “what is the Air Force doing outside of Nellis Air Force Base to address this potential wider issue [of racism]?”

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