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.

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