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Statement from WI Adjutant General regarding photo controversy

MADISON, Wis. (WXOW) - A statement Wednesday from the head of the Wisconsin's National Guard regarding the controversy over photos and comments made on social media by a soldier under his command.

Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar, the Adjutant General of the Wisconsin National Guard, issued the statement apologizing for the matter.

Here is that statement in its entirety:


To all veterans, current serving military members, family members, those who have lost loved ones in service to our nation, and in particular our Gold Star families:

The recently revealed inappropriate photos and commentary posted to a social media site by a Soldier under my command are unacceptable. I am taking this matter very seriously. Upon learning of this incident, I ordered an investigation and we will wait until that is concluded to evaluate appropriate action.

Military funeral honors are a sacred trust, and that is why this issue has generated such a public outcry. The general public is understandably upset, and I understand the anger and response that it has caused. For those of us who wear or have worn the cloth of our nation's uniform, this story cuts like a knife. I fully understand why so many veterans have expressed outrage. Lastly, I am acutely aware of the pain that this story must have caused for our Gold Star family members.

I deeply regret the pain this has caused, and personally apologize to the entire military family.

Donald P. Dunbar

Maj Gen, Wisconsin National Guard

The Adjutant General

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