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Air Force sergeant under investigation for 'racist' rant

Posted at 10:37 PM, Jan 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-30 12:08:14-05

Leadership with the 99 Air Base Wing at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas are investigating after a sergeant was accused of posting a "racist," profanity-laced rant to Facebook. 

The video has been viewed over 800,000 times. In it, a woman dressed in uniform is heard ranting about "black female" subordinates who "have no respect" and give her "attitude." 

The woman has been identified as Technical Sergeant Geraldine Lovely, a member of the 99th Force Support Squadron. 

Many people commented on the video, calling for Lovely to be removed from the Air Force. Some saw her comments as racist because she only called out black women. 

13 Action News reached out to TSgt. Lovely. She declined to comment. 

Major Christina Sukach with the 99 Air Base Wing Office of Public Affairs sent the following statement to 13 Action News: 

TSgt Lovely has been removed from her supervisory role while leadership continue to gather facts regarding this incident. Leadership are exploring disciplinary actions and are checking to see if this is a broader issue on the base.  While the actions of this individual are inappropriate and unacceptable, we are using this unfortunate situation to continue a dialogue with our Airmen about the topic of good order and discipline, as well as adherence to the Air Force Core Values.

This statement was also posted by U.S. Air Force Warfare Center Commander Major General Peter Gersten.