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During a hearing on April 9, Air Force Major General Michael A. Keltz said an officer looked "drunker than 10,000 Indians."

'Drunker Than 10,000 Indians': Air Force General Resigns After Racially Offensive Comment

Simon Moya-Smith

An Air Force General resigned last week after he commented that a fellow officer appeared to be “drunker than 10,000 Indians.”

Major General Michael A. Keltz, who was formerly the commander of the 19th Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, was leading a hearing on April 9 where an unnamed company grade officer was seeking a reduced punishment for alleged public intoxication during a unit event, reporter Jennifer H. Svan of Stars and Stripes wrote.

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Keltz had a photo of the accused allegedly taken at the event and observed that the officer appeared to be “drunker than 10,000 Indians.”

A spokeswoman for Air Education and Training Command confirmed to Stars and Stripes that Keltz did, in fact, utter the inappropriate racial comment and that 75 people were in the audience when it was made.

Last week, Keltz announced he would retire and in a written statement said he “inadvertently made an unfortunate comment.”

News of the racially offensive comparison first broke on the blog John Q. Public when writer Tony Carr posted that Native Americans were in the room during the hearing.

“The audience, which apparently included members of Native American descent, was taken aback,” he wrote. ”Keltz reportedly continued the commentary a little longer, at one point saying the officer looked ‘drunker than 10,000 sailors.’”

Keltz’s resignation went into effect on April 30.

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Fawna Bluefeather
Fawna Bluefeather
Submitted by Fawna Bluefeather on
how bout drunker then, 10, 000 Secret Services agents..On the Job.. How bout 10,000 Generals, planing A war..How bout, drunker, Then 10,000 , Indian agents Ripping of the natives.. How bout drunker then 10,000.. Wannabees Looking for Free Indian money.. at a casino.. on a Friday night.. How bout................... Oh ! this native DOSE NOT DRINK.... SO I guess he didn't mean me... Ok,, I take back ... What I said....

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Billy Redman
Submitted by Billy Redman on
I'm constantly amazed at the stupid comments continually made by supposedly intelligent white men. This guy is not old enough to be spouting the racist views of his grandfather's is he? I guess idiocy has no age limits.

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Submitted by bullbear on
This only confirms that racism exists in individuals who serve in high ranking capacities and we must realize that this is learned at a very youthful age. You would think that a military general would teach his own children to rise above what is a great causal to wars, but this shows us differently. Kind of makes one wonder how he became a general. One can only hope that those who looked up to him now see that their judge of character is far beyond the color of skin. My condolences go out to the general's family for having to see what demonstrated racial biases can do to lifelong pursuit of dreams in serving the country's military. What a shame!