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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."
The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act would allow service members to seek compensation when military doctors make mistakes that harm them, but they would still be unable to file medical malpractice lawsuits against the federal government.
On Monday night, Congress announced that it had finalized the NDAA, which must be passed by the House and Senate before going to President Donald Trump. If the president signs the NDAA into law, it would mark the first time in nearly seven decades that U.S. military personnel have had legal recourse to seek payment from the military in cases of medical malpractice.
A major serving at U.S. Army Cyber Command has been charged with distributing child pornography, according to the Justice Department.
Maj. Jason Michael Musgrove, who is based at Fort Gordon, Georgia, has been remanded to the U.S. Marshals service, a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia says.
Navy senior leaders could decide whether or not to approve the new I-Boot 5 early in 2020, said Rob Carroll, director of the uniform matters office at the Chief of Naval Personnel's office.
"The I-Boot 5 is currently wrapping up its actual wear test, its evaluation," Carroll told Task & Purpose on Monday. "We're hoping that within the first quarter of calendar year 2020 that we'll be able to present leadership with the information that they need to make an informed decision."
Oklahoma Congresspeople slam private housing contractor at Tinker Air Force Base for negligence, fraud
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn leveled harsh criticism last week at the contractor accused of negligence and fraudulent activity while operating private housing at Tinker Air Force Base and other military installations.
Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, referred to Balfour Beatty Communities as "notorious." Horn, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, told a company executive she was "incredibly disappointed you have failed to live up to your responsibility for taking care of the people that are living in these houses."
The Saudi national who killed three students on a U.S. Naval Air station in Pensacola was in the United States on a training exchange program.
On Sunday, Sen. Rick Scott said the United States should suspend that program, which brings foreign nationals to America for military training, pending a "full review."