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Naval War College president reassigned amid investigation into alleged margarita-fueled Twister parties
The president of the U.S. Naval War College has been reassigned amid an investigation into excessive spending and inappropriate behavior that allegedly included drinking on the job and invitations for "free hugs" and games of Twister in his office.
Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley was administratively reassigned to the Director of Navy Staff on June 9 pending the final report on the ongoing Office of the Naval Inspector General investigation into his conduct as president, NWC spokesman Cmdr. Gary Ross told Task & Purpose.
NWC Provost Lewis M. Duncan has temporarily assumed Harley's duties, Ross said.
The reassignment came just two days after an explosive Associated Press investigation depicted Harley's three-year presidency as defined by bizarre and inappropriate behavior that included his fondness for the working margarita machine he kept in his office and his propensity for rambling college-wide emails offering "free hugs."
This behavior also included alarming and inconsistent expenditures on raises amid annual college budget shortfalls, expenditures reportedly raised serious concerns among faculty and staff that Harley's tenure was becoming a detriment to the NWC's long-term financial stability.
"The drinking continues. Morale is at an all-time low," employees wrote in a January 2019 complaint to the IG. "Your biggest concern should be, however, the financial situation at the college."
Video footage of a purported "bombing of Kurd civilians" by Turkish military forces shown on ABC News appeared to be a nighttime firing of tracer rounds at a Kentucky gun range.
For U.S. service members who have fought alongside the Kurds, President Donald Trump's decision to approve repositioning U.S. forces in Syria ahead of Turkey's invasion is a naked betrayal of valued allies.
"I am ashamed for the first time in my career," one unnamed special operator told Fox News Jennifer Griffin.
In a Twitter thread that went viral, Griffin wrote the soldier told her the Kurds were continuing to support the United States by guarding tens of thousands of ISIS prisoners even though Turkey had nullified an arrangement under which U.S. and Turkish troops were conducting joint patrols in northeastern Syria to allow the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, to withdraw.
"The Kurds are sticking by us," the soldier told Griffin. "No other partner I have ever dealt with would stand by us."
The U.S. military's seemingly never-ending mission supporting civil authorities along the southwestern border will last at least another year.
On Sept. 3, Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved a request from the Department of Homeland Security to provide a total of up to 5,500 troops along the border until Sept. 30, 2020, Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, commander of U.S. Army North, said on Monday.
Editor's note: This article by Gina Harkins originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia announced on Monday it would hold a large test of its Strategic Missile Forces that will see it fire ballistic and cruise missiles from the land, sea and air this week.
The exercise, from Oct. 15-17, will involve around 12,000 military personnel, as well as aircraft, including strategic nuclear bombers, surface ships and submarines, Russia's Ministry of Defense said in a statement.