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Ten Months Later, TXANG Lieutenant Can Finally Contact Woman Who Poses No Threat to Military

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Ten months after the Texas Air National Guard initially opened an investigation into his activities, First Lieutenant Ian MacLeod -- not his real name -- will finally see a bit of reprieve from the cumbersome constraints and frustrating runaround he's received from his superiors. As detailed in the Press's cover story from two weeks ago, MacLeod's superiors placed a no-contact order on MacLeod and Candse Ellis, barring the first lieutenant from seeing the single, civilian mother-of-four he dated briefly last summer. A brief overview of the investigation showed how such a ban was both baseless and bizarre.

Today, however, is MacLeod's final day as a full-time employee. While he will remain in the military until June 30 -- so long as his superiors don't push his curtailment date back once more, as they've done time and again -- this means that he will finally be able to contact Ellis. Ten months after his superiors forced him to cut off communication with a woman who posed no threat to the military, he can finally reach out to her. They can finally reconnect.

As MacLeod said in his traditionally understated manner, "That will be nice."

And that may not be all. MacLeod shared with the Press a letter he recently wrote to Sen. John Cornyn's office detailing both the bungled investigation and the stymied attempts at restitution. While Sen. Cornyn's office hasn't yet responded to either MacLeod or the Press -- we'll update when we hear back -- such a maneuver may be the best bet for recompense. As demonstrated during KHOU's 2009 investigation into TXANG's gender- and pay-based corruption scandals, it wasn't until U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee became involved that any headway was made.

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