Army’s housing chief fired amid ongoing investigation

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Lt. Gen. Bradley Becker. (Army photo.)

The head of Army Installation Management Command has been fired amid an ongoing investigation, the Army confirmed on Thursday.

Lt. Gen. Bradley Becker was relieved of command "due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to command," Army Times reporter Kyle Rempfer first reported.

The Department of the Army is conducting an ongoing investigation into Becker, service spokesman Cynthia Smith told Task & Purpose.


Smith declined to elaborate on the specific reason why Becker is being investigated or why he was fired.

Prior to leading IMCOM, Becker served as chief of the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq, according to his official biography. His other past assignments include leading the U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson, South Carolina; and serving as deputy commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Division – Center in Iraq from December 2010 to December 2011. He is Ranger qualified.

Becker's ouster was not related to IMCOM's housing mission, Smith said. The Army and the other services have come under immense criticism this year for problems with private housing, such as mold and insect infestations.

Most recently, 88 homes at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, were found to be at risk for having dangerously high carbon monoxide levels stemming from problems with the heating ventilation and air conditioner in the units' laundry rooms.

The housing company Corvias removed the doors for the affected home's laundry rooms to prevent carbon monoxide levels from rising too high.

Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials are warning soldiers and military families to be aware of scammers using the Exchange's logo.

In a news release Wednesday, Exchange officials said scammers using the name "Exchange Inc." have "fooled" soldiers and airmen to broker the sale of used cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and boat engines.

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KABUL (Reuters) - The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees a pact with the United States.

The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.

Islamic State fighters, who first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and have since made inroads in the east and north, are not involved in the talks. They are battling government and U.S.-led international forces and the Taliban.

The group, in a statement on the messaging website Telegram, claimed responsibility for the attack at a west Kabul wedding hall in a minority Shi'ite neighborhood, saying its bomber had been able to infiltrate the reception and detonate his explosives in the crowd of "infidels".

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Calling aviation geeks in New York City: The British are coming.

In their first visit to the United States since 2008, the Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" will perform an aerial demonstration next week over the Hudson River, according to an Air Force news release. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams will also be part of the show.

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Frances and Efrain Santiago, natives of Puerto Rico, wanted to show their support last month for protesters back home seeking to oust the island's governor.

The couple flew the flag of Puerto Rico on the garage of their Kissimmee home. It ticked off the homeowners association.

Someone from the Rolling Hills Estates Homeowners Association left a letter at their home, citing a "flag violation" and warning: "Please rectify the listed violation or you may incur a fine."

Frances Santiago, 38, an Army veteran, demanded to know why.

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A West Point graduate received a waiver from the U.S. Army to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, and play in the NFL while serving as an active-duty soldier.

The waiver for 2nd Lt. Brett Toth was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, who said that Toth signed a three-year deal with the Eagles. Toth graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 2018.

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