Dr. David Mullin

In recent years R. David Mullin has become the most prominent whistleblower of wrongdoings at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). In February 2011, he was a co-plaintiff with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) in the U.S. District Court case, Mullin et al v. Gould. The plaintiffs unsuccessfully sought an emergency injunction against USAFA’s hosting of Clebe McCleary as the main speaker for its National Prayer Luncheon. The rationale for the legal request was that military and civilian workers were effectively ordered by the USAFA leadership to attend this religious function, a violation of the First Amendment. While the case was dismissed, the effort pressured USAFA to change the format to include speakers of other religious faiths and caused subsequent invitations for similar events to be issued by the base chaplains.

Of the more than 300 MRFF clients at USAFA, Mullin is the only one who is publicly known. In that role, he met with retired General Patrick Gamble, in March 2011, objecting the conduct of his group of advisors for violating the U.S. Code which protects the privacy of religious beliefs of USAFA cadets and staff members. This group was appointed by the leadership of the United States Air Force to investigate alleged violations of religious rights of USAFA personnel. Neither the Air Staff of the Air Force nor the USAFA leadership went through appropriate procedures to ensure confidentiality. Mullin made a formal complaint to the Department of Defense alleging fraud, waste, and abuse of federal government funds.

Mullin was successful as the lead complainant to the Air Force Inspector General in alleging that the Dean of Faculty, Brigadier General Dan Born, and then Vice Dean of Faculty, Colonel Richard Fullerton, misstated faculty credentials to a reporter, Pam Zubeck, and USAFA’s accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Associations of Colleges and Schools. Through Freedom of Information Act requests, Mullin discovered that dozens of USAFA faculty members had deficient credentials. The Inspector General substantiated that Born and Fullerton were in violation of the Uniform Military Code of Justice by failure to obey and order or directive.
Before leaving USAFA in June 2011, Mullin’s service dog was poisoned. The dog required three blood transfusions to survive. A criminal investigation was conducted by USAFA. According to the Pentagon, no attacker was found.

Mullin is currently an economist at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He is actively conducting research showing a steep, long-run decline in cadet’s and midshipmen’s adherence to the honor codes at the U.S. military service academies. His studies have shown that nearly 75 percent of recent graduates admitted to honor code violations including a cover up of sexual assault at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Mullin was an economics professor at USAFA for 13 years. He received his Ph.D. in economics from University of Virginia, and an M.B.A. from Duke University. He has been a Certified Public Accountant for over 25 years.

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