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2ND HILL SERGEANT CLEARED IN SALE OF MILITARY ITEMS

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A second Hill Air Force Base sergeant charged with illegally selling military property has been acquitted by a military jury after a two-day court-martial proceeding.

Tech. Sgt. David A. Jaeger, 31, a 14-year Air Force veteran, was acquitted by a six-member jury of illegally selling about $600 worth of clothing and equipment, including a helicopter flight crew helmet.Jaeger testified the equipment he sold to undercover FBI investigators was either issued to him or acquired by trading with other Air Force personnel.

He sold the items at a military surplus store in Roy set up and run for two years by the FBI as an undercover sting operation called Operation Punchout. More than 50 military and civilian personnel have been named as suspects in the sale of millions of dollars worth of Air Force equipment.

The sting operation culminated in July when agents bought two F-16 jet fighter engines, valued at $1.5 million each, from three security policemen at Hill.

Jaeger, of Laona, Wis., is with the 388th Aircraft Generation Squadron at Hill.

In a separate court martial two weeks ago, Staff Sgt. Jospeh A. Damato was also cleared of a similar charge that he sold less than $900 worth of clothing and equipment.