Col. Tim Bush, 319th Air Base Wing commander, presents Ron Spriggs with figurine fashioned in the likeness of a World War II fighter pilot on Feb. 26, 2013, at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Bush was relieved of his command March 19 for failing to pass his physical fitness test. (Air Force)
The Air Force has relieved a full colonel with an impeccable resume for failing his physical fitness test.
Effective immediately, Col. Tim Bush is no longer in command of the 319th Air Base Wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., said Maj. Mike Andrews, spokesman for Air Mobility Command, in a statement Wednesday afternoon. The wing’s vice commander, Col. Christopher Mann, will serve as interim commander until a replacement is found.
“Bush was not relieved for alleged misconduct or wrongdoing,” said a news release from Air Mobility Command.
The decision was made by Maj. Gen. William Bender, Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, who oversees administrative control for six wings and two groups within Air Mobility Command, which includes the 319th Air Base Wing.
Bush told airmen at a commander’s call that he failed the waist measurement component of the PT test, said an Air Force official who is not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Bush has requested to retire, the official said.
Bush is a 1988 Air Force Academy graduate with a senior pilot rating, according to his Air Force biography. He has more than 2,100 flying hours in the T-37, T-38 and KC-135R/T.
“Colonel Bush has also served as Presidential Advance Agent for Air Force One, Aide de Camp to the Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Commander, 384th Air Refueling Squadron, Commander, 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, and Commander, 733d Air Mobility Squadron,” the biography says.
From January to May 2011, Bush served as the deputy director of mobility forces for U.S. Air Forces Central Command from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. His military decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters.