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Review ordered of MacDill program allowing base access for Tampa socialite

Published Nov. 16, 2012

TAMPA — The program that allowed the woman at the center of a Tampa sex scandal free access to MacDill Air Force Base is now under review on the orders of the base's commander.

Air Force Col. Scott DeThomas, commander of MacDill's 6th Air Mobility Wing, ordered the review after the Tampa Bay Times first reported socialite Jill Kelley was one of 800 civilians participating in the program, called Friends of MacDill, Lt. Col. Jack Miller, a Pentagon spokesman, said Thursday.

Kelley's pass to MacDill was suspended Tuesday pending an investigation into potentially inappropriate emails between her and Gen. John Allen, a friend who served as both deputy and acting commander at U.S. Central Command. CentCom is headquartered at MacDill.

Friends of MacDill was created in late 2010 by MacDill's former chief, Col. Lenny Richoux. In November 2010, Kelley received a base ID allowing her access to the base during daylight hours after she passed a background investigation.