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Guard officer settles whistleblower claim

Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska Air National Guard officer has collected $55,000 from the state of Alaska to settle a whistleblower case, according to his attorney.

In 1993, Lt. Col. Frederick D. Overly testified on institutional racism in the guard before a board of inquiry, told federal officials that federal money was being used illegally to lobby in Juneau, and raised concerns about guard operations with the Defense Department, according to lawyer Jeffrey A. Friedman.

After that, according to Friedman, Overly's wing commander told him he was being recommended for removal from the guard because he communicated his concerns. Other retaliation followed, the lawyer said.

The Air Force's inspector general concluded the guard had illegally retaliated against Overly for engaging in protected conduct, Friedman said.

Overly sued the state under the Alaska Whistleblower Act. Just before the trial, the state and Overly agreed to the $55,000 settlement.



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