Members of Congress Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) and Tim Burchett (R-TN) fired a shot across the bow of Eglin Commander Brigadier General Jeffrey Geraghty at a press conference Thursday. Congresspersons Luna, Burchett, and Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) accused the Air Force generally and Geraghty in all but name of hiding information related to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP).
“We contacted the Air Force and were told we were going to be briefed on the issue. We got down there and it was the traditional stuff,” Representative Burchett told the assembled media at the press conference, “But it didn’t have anything to do with the UFO and we stopped the thing right in the middle of it and said, ‘hey, this is not what you told us we were coming down for and he basically told us ‘we’re not going to give it to you.’ The arrogance of this general was beyond belief.”
Representative Luna added she had gotten into an argument with “the general of [Eglin] Air Force Base,” Geraghty, after she said pilots had originally approached Rep. Matt Gaetz’s office with information about UAPs (which, I guess, is the name all the cool kids in Washington D.C. use instead of UFOs for things that fly but we don’t know why). “If the Pentagon thinks they are above Congress, they have something else coming to them,” Luna told reporters, “We told them we were going to [have a hearing] if they continue to hide information.”
Representative Moskowitz, a former state emergency management director for the State of Florida who led the response to Hurricane Michael, talked about his concerns that the UAPs may be from this planet. “Yes, it’s a security issue. Of course, it is; can’t we tell the American people that [these UAPs aren’t] China, it isn’t Russia? And if it is, then that’s even more questionable – why aren’t they telling the American people that other countries have this technology? Are we ok with the federal government keeping information from the American people because they are trying to prevent us from having anxiety on all sorts of issues? What else are we going to give them authority to not tell the American people because they are interested in controlling and keeping us in a bubble.”
Mid Bay News contacted Eglin Public Affairs to get comment from General Geraghty’s staff on Thursday’s exchange. The Test Wing supplied us with a statement from a Pentagon spokesperson, which said, “Eglin Air Force Base supported a visit from Representatives Gaetz, Burchett, and Luna on Feb 21. Air Force officials provided a classified briefing on intelligence collection threats to Eglin Air Force Base during their visit. The Congressmembers halted the briefing and requested instead a briefing focused on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena. Base officials responded to present additional available classified information on UAPs to all three members but were only able to discuss a certain portion of the information with Representative Gaetz, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Representatives Burchett and Luna, not being members of a congressional defense committee, did not possess the access required to join the portion of the discussion reserved for Representative Gaetz.”
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey T. Geraghty is the commander of the 96th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Leading over 10,000 personnel, he oversees developmental testing and evaluation and base operating support for the Air Force’s largest installation. With a distinguished career as an F-15E pilot, test pilot, and commander, Brig. Gen. Geraghty brings extensive experience to his current position.
Geraghty has had a highly distinguished and diverse career in the United States Air Force. He earned his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy and later became an F-15E pilot, flying in operations such as Northern Watch and Iraqi Freedom. He also served as an F-15/F-16 test pilot and worked in various staff officer roles across multiple agencies.
He has held several command positions throughout his career, including at the squadron, group, and complex levels. Notably, before assuming his current role as the commander of the 96th Test Wing, he successfully commanded the Arnold Engineering Development Complex headquartered at Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee.
Brig. Gen. Geraghty’s extensive flight experience has accumulated over 1900 flight hours, including 290 combat hours. He has flown a wide range of aircraft types, totaling 50 different aircraft, demonstrating his versatility and expertise in various platforms.
His superiors have recognized his service with several awards and decorations. Among his major awards are the Legion of Merit with an oak leaf cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with an oak leaf cluster, the Air Medal with an oak leaf cluster, and the Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters. These awards reflect his exceptional leadership, dedication, and contributions to the United States Air Force.
Geraghty holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Air Force Academy, a graduate degree in genetics from Penn State University, and a doctorate in strategy from Air University.
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