The USAF has confirmed what we first reported more than a week ago: Chief Master Sergeant William Gurney was fired last month as Command Chief for Air Force Material Command.
According to a press release disseminated by the command, Gurney was removed from his post by the AFMC Commander, General Donald Hoffman, on 13 November. Hoffman cited a "loss of confidence in Chief Gurney's ability to perform his duties" as the reason for the dismissal. General Hoffman did not elaborate on the reasons behind his decision.
While Gurney was fired three weeks ago, AFMC did not confirm his departure until today. In From the Cold was told of his dismissal on 23 November, after Gurney's official photograph and biography were quietly removed from the command's website. Such actions have accompanied the removal of senior Air Force officials in the past, and sometimes provide the first public indication of a high-level firing.
Chief Gurney, a 27-year Air Force veteran, had served as AFMC's Command Chief since February 2008. In that position, he advised General Hoffman and the senior staff on matters relating to the command's 14,000 enlisted members and their families.
Before his tour at AFMC, Gurney spent much of his career in the intelligence career field. He previously served as command chief for both the 67th Information Operations Wing and its successor, the 67th Network Warfare Wing.
One retired chief, with extensive contacts at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio (where AFMC is headquartered), believes Gurney's dismissal is related to "personal conduct" issues.
A replacement for Chief Gurney has not been named.