Air Force General Resigns After Saying Officers Looked ‘Drunker Than 10,000 Indians’

An Air Force general resigned after making a comment that two officers looked “drunker than 10,000 Indians,” the Air Force Times reported on Monday.

Maj. Gen. Michael Keltz’s offensive comment was reportedly made during a hearing on April 9 in which a photo was presented showing two officers.

Keltz’s comments were first reported by blogger and former airman Tony Carr on his blog, John Q. Public, according to the Times. The Air Force Times reported that Air Education and Training Command spokeswomen Maj. Toni Whaley confirmed that the statement was made in reference to a photograph.

Keltz’s resignation for his “inappropriate comment” was announced by AETC on Thursday, according to the Times.

Keltz issued a statement, which Whaley provided to the newspaper.

“I inadvertently made an unfortunate comment, I own it, and I hold myself accountable to the same high standards my subordinate commanders are held to,” Keltz said. “As a result, I have tendered my resignation from command and requested to retire from service. [AETC Commander] Gen. [Robin] Rand has graciously accepted that request.”

According to the paper, Keltz was to retire after serving in the Air Force for 34 years.

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