SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — William C. Gurney, who once advocated for the welfare of enlisted personnel across the Air Force Materiel Command, has been reduced to the lowest possible rank and is to spend 20 months in military prison.
Gurney’s five-day court-martial ended Friday with his sentencing. His punishment included a dishonorable discharge and reduction to the rank of airman basic for his convictions on sex-related offenses involving 10 female airmen. He had held the rank of chief master sergeant.
The 27-year Air Force veteran and former AFMC command chief appeared stunned as Col. Robert Keirstead, president of the jury of six Air Force officers, read the verdict. There was a gasp from his wife, Tracie, seated in the front row.
Earlier Friday, Gurney had made a tearful, 20-minute apology to the jury, saying he regretted the embarrassment he caused the Air Force and the pain he caused his wife and two daughters, 15 and 11, who were in the courtroom.