Army relieves Fort Jackson general of command

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COLUMBIA — The Army has removed from the command of its largest training post the one-star general suspended in May over charges of adultery and involvement in a physical altercation.

Bryan Roberts: One-star general took command of the post in April 2012.  Uncredited
Bryan Roberts: One-star general took command of the post in April 2012.

Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts was relieved of his command at Fort Jackson, S.C., on Thurs­­day afternoon because of misconduct, Army spokesman Har­vey Perritt said.

The decision was made by Gen. Robert W. Cone, the commander of the Army Training and Doctrine Command in Fort Eustis, Va., Perritt said.

“This misconduct included adultery and a physical altercation,” he said. “This misconduct was not sexual assault or harassment; it was a breach of order and discipline that violated standards of the Army profession.”

In May, the Army said Rob­erts was in an altercation with another woman who was not his wife.

Roberts took command of Fort Jackson in April 2012. The veteran of three tours in Iraq has been in the Army for about 29 years. His official Army biography produced when he took command of the post said he was married and the father of three children.
Cone’s decision came
after he studied the results of an investigation undertaken by the Army’s Criminal Inves­ti­gation Division, Perritt said in a telephone interview. He said the agency’s investigators had “examined the allegations, questioned witnesses and gathered evidence.”

“Gen. Cone relieved Brig. Gen. Roberts based on the evidence gathered,” Perritt said.

Asked whether any further action would be taken against Roberts, Perritt said “appropriate discipline in the form of non-judicial punishment has been initiated” against Roberts, but that no details could be made public due to privacy laws.

In other cases involving general officers, such administrative punishments have taken the form of a demotion in rank, a reduction in pay or in benefits such as retirement.

Roberts can choose to respond to the action taken against him within a brief period of time, and he has the right to seek a court-martial in lieu of the administrative punishment, Perritt said.

A call to Fort Jackson seeking comment from Rob­erts was not returned.

In Roberts’ absence, Brig. Gen. Peggy Combs, the commandant of the Army’s chemical school at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., has been appointed interim commander.

Fort Jackson trains more than 50,000 new soldiers every year, which translates into more than half of all the Army’s male soldiers and 80 percent of all female soldiers.

Roberts came to Fort Jackson after serving in Iraq overseeing the training of Iraqi security forces.

His past postings include serving as the deputy commander of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox., Ky., and as commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team with the 1st Cavalry Division in Fort Hood, Texas.

He also worked at the White House military office and on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon.

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corgimom 07/12/13 - 07:03 am
Well, that ended THAT career.

Well, that ended THAT career.

People do dumb things sometimes.

Dixieman 07/12/13 - 07:46 am
Yeah, never mind

whether he was a good soldier or not, whether he defended our country well or not, whether the troops loved him or not -- can't allow this kind of off-duty irrelevant (but politically incorrect) stuff.
Soon we're going to have a hollowed-out Army full of nice people who couldn't fight their way out of a paper bag.

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