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Chaplain is dismissed from U.S. Air Force Academy

Editorial note: MeLinda Morton resigned June 21 from the military. See next month's edition of www.thelutheran.org for an update.

Chaplain MeLinda Morton, an ELCA pastor, was dismissed May 4 from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and reassigned to a chaplaincy position in Okinawa, Japan. She was told in December she could expect to continue at the academy for at least another year. Then in March she was told she would be transferred at the end of July.


Morton, 48, believes she was dismissed for not complying with requests from Michael Whittington, the academy’s chief chaplain, that she deny details of what happened at a worship service last summer for new cadets.

Academy spokesperson Lt. Col. Laurent Fox told The Washington Post that Morton’s early dismissal was “for reasons of continuity” since her superior was also scheduled to leave soon.


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