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I don’t believe the adultery charge for a minute. I served under GEN Byrnes when he was an LTC in command of the 4th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Rgt., 2nd Armored Div (FWD) in West Germany in the late 80s. I’ve never come across a better officer. Very much in the mold of Omar Bradley, nicknamed “The GI General” during WWII.
SecDef tried to end Byrnes’ career a few years ago after some Army budget-cut disagreements, but senior Army officers stood up for Byrnes. I wonder if GEN Byrnes’ (now ex-) wife made some allegations, and SecDef used them to settle an old score.
Byrnes, reached by telephone at his home yesterday, declined to comment. His defense attorney, Lt. Col. David H. Robertson, said the allegation against Byrnes involves an affair with a private citizen. Byrnes has been separated from his wife since May 2004; their divorce was finalized on Monday, coincidentally the same day he was relieved of command, Robertson said.
"The allegation against him does not involve a relationship with anyone within the military or even the federal government," Robertson said, emphasizing that the allegations do not involve more than one relationship. "It does not involve anyone on active duty or a civilian in the
Department of Defense."
said Byrnes is accused of having an "inappropriate relationship,"
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
This link might help to clarify the issue. Military Officers, especially General Officers, are held to a very high standard of conduct. It is as it should be.