Wisconsin National Guard Whistleblower Says He’s Being Discharged

Master Sgt. Jay Ellis' Complaint Triggered 2 Federal Investigations

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A Wisconsin National Guard sergeant says he’s being discharged in retaliation for alleging sexual misconduct in his unit.

Wisconsin Air National Guard Master Sgt. Jay Ellis’ complaint last year has triggered two federal investigations. Ellis has alleged that Guard officials have launched a review of his medical history to set up a medical discharge and deny him retirement benefits in retaliation.

The Wisconsin Guard’s top commander, Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar, has ordered an investigation into Ellis’ reprisal allegations.

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Ellis said a representative from a Scott Air Force Base medical evaluation board has informed him he will receive a medical discharge. He said he plans to appeal the decision. He said if his appeals fail he’ll be discharged in February.

Guard spokesman Joe Trovato didn’t immediately respond to a message.