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Col. John Tree, senior IMA to the Director of Global Combat Support at the Pentagon, subdued an unruly passenger last week on a trip from Chicago to Washington. (U.S. file photo by Jim Varhegyi)
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IMA colonel helps subdue unruly passenger

Posted 12/8/2011   Updated 12/8/2011 Email story   Print story

    

12/8/2011 - CHICAGO -- Col. John Tree, senior IMA to the Director of Global Combat Support at the Pentagon, subdued an unruly passenger last week on a trip from Chicago to Washington.

Tree, from Long Grove, Ill., was in his uniform when he boarded United Flight 448. During the flight, a drunken passenger started screaming and kicking the walls in first class. Seeing Tree in uniform, a flight attendant asked him to help. Tree then led a small group of passengers to subdue the allegedly intoxicated man.

"The gentleman was shouting at us, full of obscenities," said Tree. "We kept telling him to get back into his seat and we basically closed in on him and walked towards him and essentially created a human wall to get him back to his seat."

Tree is an 1990 Air Force Academy graduate. He joined the Air Force Reserve in 1997 where he has served as an IMA at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; 38th Aerial Port Squadron commander at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.; and as the senior IMA to the Director of Global Channel Operations in the Tanker Airlift Control Center at Scott AFB, Ill. He's been in his current assignment at the Pentagon since March, 2011
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Tree was interviewed by several major Chicago news sources after the event. His humble response typified the calm he displayed.

"It could have been anybody in uniform," said Tree. "I'm proud to have done it."



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