A rabbi who retired as one of the military's top chaplains was appointed by the Air Force on Monday to help carry out recommendations of a task force that investigated complaints of religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy.
Arnold E. Resnicoff was named special assistant to acting Air Force Secretary Michael L. Dominguez and chief of staff for values and vision.
The military task force reported Wednesday that there was no overt religious discrimination at the academy but that it found insensitivity by cadets and staff members.
The task force was created to look into complaints that evangelical Christians at the academy have harassed Jewish cadets and those of other faiths.
The panel made nine recommendations, including a suggestion that the Air Force create guidelines on what sorts of religious remarks are permissible.
Resnicoff served with the Navy in Vietnam and retired as command chaplain for the U.S. European Command.
He is a former national director of interreligious affairs for the American Jewish Committee and was one of a group of veterans who helped create the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The Gazette newspaper in Colorado Springs reports that 60 percent of the cadet wing is Protestant, compared with an average of about 35 percent at West Point and the Naval Academy.