Two-star Air Force general to face Article 32 hearing Feb. 8 –

The Article 32 hearing for Maj. Gen. William Cooley, former head of the Air Force Research Laboratory, on a charge of sexual assault has been rescheduled for Feb. 8, Air Force Materiel Command said Tuesday.

The hearing, which is similar to a civilian grand jury proceeding, was originally set to begin Thursday.

If it proceeds to a court-martial, it will be the first time an Air Force general has ever faced such a trial.

One charge and three specifications of violating Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which forbids sexual assault, was preferred against Cooley on Oct. 29 by Lt. Gen. Gene Kirkland, the initial disposition authority in the case.

The officer will also recommend how to dispose of any offenses that are supported by the evidence, the base said in a release.

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