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Army’s housing chief fired amid ongoing investigation
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.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that no U.S. troops will take part in enforcing the so-called safe zone in northern Syria and the United States "is continuing our deliberate withdrawal from northeastern Syria."
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan earlier on Friday said Turkey will set up a dozen observation posts across northeast Syria, insisting that a planned "safe zone" will extend much further than U.S. officials said was covered under a fragile ceasefire deal.
On Tuesday at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual conference, Army families had the opportunity to tell senior leaders exactly what was going on in their worlds — an opportunity that is, unfortunately, all too rare.
A new documentary series about Clint Lorance pits the infantry officer convicted of murder against his former soldiers
The fog of war, just kills, and war crimes are the focus of a new documentary series coming to STARZ. Titled Leavenworth, the six-part series profiles 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, the Army infantry officer who was convicted on murder charges for ordering his soldiers to fire on three unarmed Afghan men on a motorcycle, killing two and wounding the third, while deployed to the Zhari district in Kandahar province, on July 2, 2012.
A big stereotype surrounding U.S. service members and veterans is that they are defined only by their military service, from buying "Dysfunctional Veteran" t-shirts to playing hard-boiled, high-octane first-person shooters like Battlefield and Call of Duty (we honestly have no idea where anyone could get that impression).
But the folks at OSD (formerly called Operation Supply Drop), a non-profit veteran service organization that aims to help troops and vets connect with each other through free video games, service programs and other activities, recently found that most of the gamers they've served actually prefer less military-centric fare like sports games and fantasy RPGs.
CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) - Shelling could be heard at the Syrian-Turkish border on Friday morning despite a five-day ceasefire agreed between Turkey and the United States, and Washington said the deal covered only a small part of the territory Ankara aims to seize.
Reuters journalists at the border heard machine-gun fire and shelling and saw smoke rising from the Syrian border battlefield city of Ras al Ain, although the sounds of fighting had subsided by mid-morning.
The truce, announced on Thursday by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence after talks in Ankara with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, sets out a five-day pause to let the Kurdish-led SDF militia withdraw from an area controlled by Turkish forces.
The SDF said air and artillery attacks continued to target its positions and civilian targets in Ral al Ain.
"Turkey is violating the ceasefire agreement by continuing to attack the town since last night," SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali tweeted.
The Kurdish-led administration in the area said Turkish truce violations in Ras al Ain had caused casualties, without giving details.