Assumption of Command

12 August 2005

Make Love, Not War

Well that is what General Kevin Byrnes will be doing from now on. Check that! That is what he was Allegedly doing while he was the Commander of the US Army's Training and Doctrine Command. (TRADOC)

General's lawyer says alleged affair involved a female civilian
WASHINGTON The four-star Army general relieved of command at Fort Monroe this week is alleged to have had an extramarital affair with a female civilian.

The general's lawyer says the woman does not work for the military or the federal government.

General Kevin Byrnes was canned as commander of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command at the Hampton base, and the Army has not ruled out taking additional disciplinary action against him.

Army officials declined to discuss any details of the accusations, except to say they involved sexual misconduct.

Byrnes' attorney, Lieutenant Colonel David Robertson, says Byrnes and his wife separated in May 2004 and they remained separated until their divorce became final on Monday -- the same day Byrnes was removed from command.

Robertson referred to the Army's allegation against Byrnes but he neither confirmed nor denied an affair.

The military rarely prosecutes adultery cases and handles them instead through administrative actions.

Byrnes, who's 55 is a Vietnam veteran who ranked third in seniority among the Army's eleven four-star generals.
General Byrnes was my commanding General while I was in the First Cavalry Division, and while I was deployed to Bosnia. As a young officer I had the unique position of being have the Division Commander visiting me on a fairly regular basis. I have always, and will continue to have a good impression of him. He even gave me his Commanders Coin near the end of the deployment. (Woot!)

As I knew him, in the Cav, he didn't demand respect, he earned it. But if these allegations are true, which they seem to be, I cannot fault the Army for relieving him. His actions were wrong and I know for a fact that those actions get enlisted troops into UCMJ Problems as well. Therefore, as the Officer in Charge of all of the training in the US Army, and as an Officer who is supposed to be beyond reproach, action must be taken. If we punish our enlisted soldiers for these violations, we cannot let Officers go unpunished either.

I hate to see this happen to a good Officer, but it is probably what needs to be done. With that said, this is a scar on the Military and people are already trying to use it for political gain:

ST. Pete Times Editorial
The contrast with the misconduct surrounding the Abu Ghraib prison is impossible to ignore. Although investigations revealed that the prisoner abuses and violations of the Geneva Conventions were the product of policies emanating from the highest levels of the military, only Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski was ever punished. The roles of other high-ranking officers received barely a notice.

Consider Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez, who was the senior commander in Iraq while the Abu Ghraib abuses took place. In a September 2003 memo, he wrote to approve interrogations that used dogs as a means to "exploit Arab fear of dogs." Yet Sanchez is reportedly being considered for a promotion - to four-star general. Byrnes, on the other hand, has lost his command and could lose more.

Morally speaking, this is obscene.
Sigh. Everything has to go back to Abu Grhaib. LTG Sanchez did not tell soldiers to make naked pyramids and he didn't order the Code Red. So get over it.

Rusty asked for links, with good stuff to read, to this post celebrating 2 Million Visits. I get a Fatwa in Return.