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The Army cited no specific allegation against Byrnes, but a senior official said it involved unspecified sexual misconduct. The official spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the allegation.
Army sacks senior general for misconduct
WASHINGTON - In an extraordinary move, the Army sacked a four-star general who was the subject of a Defense Department investigation into alleged sexual misconduct, officials said Tuesday.
Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes, commander of Army Training and Doctrine Command, was approaching retirement when the decision to relieve him of duty was made by the Army chief of staff, Gen. Peter Schoomaker.
The Army announced no specific allegation against Byrnes, but a senior official said it involved unspecified sexual misconduct. The official spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the allegation.
Originally posted by mpeake
Is it me, or is sacking a 4 star general, who until now had an unblemished record, a bit extreme for sexual misconduct? I just have to wonder why go to such extremes on this guy (you'd think that someone with that kind of power could get away with alot more). There are no recent records of a 4 star general being stripped down like this. He is 4 months away from retirement. There has to me much more to this that just some kind of sexual harrassment kind of deal.
General Byrnes said in a 2003 interview that he wanted the Army to borrow a lesson from the Marine Corps, whose credo is that every marine is first and foremost a rifleman. "We've become too specialized," General Byrnes said, adding that he was tired of hearing young enlisted people say things like "I'm a mechanic" rather than "I'm a soldier."
Retired officers, who asked not to be named, said Gen. Byrnes had been under investigation for some time and had been in the throes of a divorce.
They expressed dismay at Gen. Byrnes, for whom a number of officers went to bat in 2002 when Mr. Rumsfeld threatened to end his career at lieutenant general.
Mr. Rumsfeld was upset at Gen. Byrnes for fighting proposed troop cuts being outlined by the defense secretary's aide, Stephen Cambone.
Then-Army Secretary Thomas White and top generals interceded and convinced Mr. Rumsfeld to keep him. Shortly thereafter, Gen. Byrnes won nomination to a fourth star and the TRADOC command.
"I'm damn mad," said a retired general who supported Gen. Byrnes. "People went to the mat to get him promoted. ... Now Rumsfeld can say, 'I told you so. I saw something you didn't.'?"
Originally posted by nexus6
well it says here it's all part of a coup and counter coup
Russian Intelligence Analysts are reporting this evening that an apparent coup is taking place in the United States and that both Russian and Chinese Forces have been ordered to their highest non-nuclear defense status.
One of the Coup Leaders in the United States, General Kevin P. Byrnes, and who is also one of their top Military Generals, has been arrested and taken prisoner by US Counter-Coup Forces, and as we can read as reported by the Newsday News Service in their article titled “Senior general is relieved of duties at commander of key Army training organization" www.newsday.com... and which says....