Tuesday, April 23, 2013

McCune Davis requests public hearing to review investigation of the Arizona National Guard

McCune Davis requests public hearing to review investigation of the Arizona National Guard

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, D-Phoenix (District 30), is calling for a public hearing to review the results of an outside investigation into the mounting accusations of misconduct in the Arizona National Guard.

Today, McCune Davis asked Sen. Al Melvin, R-Tucson (District 11), chairman of the Senate Commerce, Energy and Military Committee and Rep. Justin Pierce, R-Mesa (District 25), chairman of the House Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs Committee, to conduct a public hearing on a report from Major General Ricky Adams regarding the Arizona National Guard.

“The media have uncovered troubling accusations that some members of the Arizona National Guard have participated in unacceptable behavior including sexual abuse, firearms abuse and retaliation against people who reported unethical or criminal conduct,” McCune Davis said. “The governor appointed an independent, third party to investigate these allegations. I understand that a report will be ready soon.”

McCune Davis said the report should not be tucked away from the public.

“Many Arizona families rely on the National Guard for career development and opportunities for education,” she said. “The public must be permitted an opportunity to review the report and to comment about their experiences with the Arizona National Guard.”

McCune Davis also offered to help Melvin and Pierce organize a public hearing.

“It is absolutely necessary for the public to be involved in this process,” McCune Davis said. “The families whose youth are recruited into the Arizona National Guard deserve to know that the organization operates at the highest level of integrity.”

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