- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona National Guard has suspended nine uniformed and civilian officials amid an investigation of financial matters involving the use of an account for a training program for helicopter crews.

The investigation centers on a particular National Guard financial oversight office and involves an account of money from a training program for helicopters crews from Singapore’s air force, the Arizona Republic (https://goo.gl/UggPtR ) reported.

Singapore pays for the training of crews learning to fly AH-64 helicopters. The training is conducted in the Marana area at the Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site.

The Guard said an officer newly assigned to the office requested an investigation, which the Republic reported involves accounting irregularities and potential wrongdoing.

The amount of money involved has not been determined, said Capt. Matt Murphy, a Guard spokesman.

One of the suspended officers, Col. John Cloyd, said the office being investigated used surplus money in the account to buy computers and other items. Cloyd said there was no wrongdoing and that the office’s accounts have been inspected annually without serious issues.

“I know for a fact we’ve done nothing wrong,” Cloyd said. “It’s all the way it’s supposed to be. … There was no personal gain at all.”

Cloyd said those on suspension have an average of 25 years of service with the military.

“We have been outstanding employees for decades,” he added. “We don’t have discipline issues on our records. And we’ve been defamed.”

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