Skip to comments.Four-star general fired; officials cite sexual misconduct
Posted on 08/10/2005 12:36:55 AM PDT by leadpenny
The Army has taken the extraordinary step of relieving a four-star general, with military sources citing sexual misconduct as the reason.
An official announcement yesterday did not specify why Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes, 52, was removed from his command of all soldier training and doctrine development, but two retired Army officers said it was for having an extramarital affair.
Adultery is illegal in the military, constituting conduct unbecoming an officer. The sources said they think the woman was not a subordinate of Gen. Byrnes at U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Va.
(Excerpt) Read more at washtimes.com ...
Army Relieves General of His Command
According to this bio, he would be 55:
It hasn't been that long since the then commander in chief
was involved an affair of sorts. But then...
I'm sure President Bush approved of this firing. Under Clinton, Byrnes would have kept his job.
Is he forced to retire with the increased rank money intact? Tough life huh.
(More Googled info: )
"GENERAL OFFICER ANNOUNCEMENT Sept 14, 1999
Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen announced today that the president has nominated Army Maj. Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes for appointment to the grade of lieutenant general and assignment as assistant vice chief of staff, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C. Byrnes is currently serving as commanding general, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
GENERAL KEVIN P. BYRNES
UNITED STATES ARMY TRAINING AND DOCTRINE COMMAND
General Byrnes assumed the duties of Commander, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, on November 7, 2002, after serving as the Director, Army Staff.
General Byrnes, a native of New York, New York, was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School program in 1969. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Park College in 1975, and a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University in 1985.
As TRADOC Commander, General Byrnes is responsible for recruiting, training and educating the Army's Soldiers; developing its leaders; supporting training in units; developing doctrine; establishing standards; and building the future Army. TRADOC is comprised of more than 50,000 Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians operating in 33 Army schools across 16 installations.
Prior to assuming his current duties, he served as Director, Army Staff, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs and as the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff. General Byrnes other key assignments include: Commanding General, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; while deployed in that capacity, he simultaneously served as the Commanding General of the Multinational Division (North) in Tuzla, Bosnia, from October 1998 to August 1999; Director, Force Programs, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, Washington, D.C.; Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver), 1st Cavalry Division; Commanding General, Joint Task Force Six, Fort Bliss, Texas; Commander, 1st Cavalry Division Artillery, and later Chief of Staff, 1st Cavalry Division; Director of Political and Economic Studies and Director of the Strategic Outreach Initiative for the United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania; Commander, 4th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery in 2nd Armored Division (Forward) in Germany; and Commander, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 39th Field Artillery, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His overseas tours include Vietnam, Germany and Bosnia.
General Byrnes is a graduate of the Command and Staff College and the Army War College. Among his awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Distinguished Service Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit; and Bronze Star Medal.
I don't think anything good will come out of this for him.
There is more about this story yet to come out, I'm sure.
I noticed on the first bio I posted that he spent a bunch of time at Hood. When did the Waco fiasco happen?
91 to 96, with a year in the middle at Ft Bliss, he was at Ft. Hood.
Gen. Weasely Clark comes to mind.
1993. It was one of the first things to go down during Clinton's first term.
I was on Yuma Proving Ground when a General flew in, went to the Commanding Officers office and relieved him (O-6, Col) on the spot for having an affair.
It turned out that the Col (who was single) was dating a Lt's wife while the Lt was away on TDY.
The military does not mess around with their officers messing around. It is instant punishment.
BTW, other officers heads rolled because of this action. It seems that other officers under the CO's command tried to cover up for the CO.
With that Hood connection, I'm sure they know one another.
Thanks. Then Wesley and this guy knew one another well.
It happens more than most of us know. Usually, someone is quietly shown the door. This one has something else. Maybe a husband with phone recordings . . . or pictures?
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