May 22, 2013

Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts dismissed after 'fighting with his mistress'

Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts dismissed after 'fighting with his mistress'

The commanding officer of a South Carolina army base was suspended after he got into a fight with a woman he is thought to be his mistress.

Brigadier General Bryan T. Roberts was suspended on Tuesday as he faces allegations of adultery and involvement in a physical altercation.

The Army would not release any further information about the alleged incident, but they have taken action to move past it by already naming a new commanding general.

Local station WLTX reported that Brigadier General Peggy Combs has been named as interim commander while the investigation into Brig. Gen. Roberts continues.

He had been the head of the 60,000-person base since 2012 and The Associated Press reports that he has 29 years of Army experience behind him.

Among his most prestigious positions included the commanding posts at Fort Hood in Texas and Fort Knox in Kentucky.

He served three tours of duty in Iraq and, once back in the United States, he was the director of Iraq training and advisory teams.

The suspension is the latest in a series of scandals involving senior military officers in recent months.

Just last week Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, a member of the Army group assigned to help prevent sexual assaults, was the focus of his own investigation after allegedly groping a woman in a parking lot.

The frequency and widespread nature of such instances has roiled the Pentagon and been condemned by President Barack Obama as 'shameful and disgraceful'.