Air Force deserter worked for University of California
OAKLAND | An Air Force officer with top security clearance who deserted
35 years ago and was arrested in California last week worked for years as a consultant for the University of California system.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that university system colleagues knew William Howard Hughes Jr. as a personable, brainy numbercruncher for the system’s vast health benefits program.
The Air Force Office of Special Investigations says Hughes was charged with desertion and is being held at Travis Air Force Base in California. They say he was living under the name Barry O’Beirne.