Fort Hood command sergeant major reinstated after investigation into ‘unprofessional language’

An investigation found the language in question "was not unprofessional."

The command sergeant major of III Corps and Fort Hood is being reinstated after he was temporarily suspended in December over allegations that he used “unprofessional language” towards subordinates.

An investigation into the allegations against Command Sgt. Maj. Arthur “Cliff” Burgoyne III, carried out by U.S. Forces Command, was finished on Friday, FORSCOM said in a press release. The investigation found that the language in question “was not unprofessional and he did not exhibit counterproductive leadership,” according to FORSCOM.

“Putting People first includes holding our leaders to a high standard,” Gen. Michael X. Garrett, FORSCOM commander, said in the release. “Command Sgt. Maj. Burgoyne is a tough leader who cares about every Soldier in his formation. 

“I have faith in his leadership, and I know his Soldiers are his top priority.”

When Burgoyne was temporarily suspended last month, an Army official told Task & Purpose that the language wasn’t related to race, gender, sexual orientation, or sexual harassment. The official said the language fell into the category of toxic leadership.

Burgoyne’s suspension came just days after an independent civilian panel released its report on Fort Hood which detailed wide-spread failure of leadership at the Texas installation in taking care of their soldiers.

FORSCOM said in the release on Friday that the investigation into Burgoyne was “unrelated” to other investigations of III Corps and Fort Hood.

Featured photo: Command Sgt. Maj. Arthur “Cliff” Burgoyne III. (U.S. Army)

Haley Britzky
Haley Britzky

is the Army reporter for Task & Purpose, covering the daily happenings in the Army and how they impact soldiers and their families, as well as broader national security issues. Originally from Texas, Haley previously worked at Axios before joining Task & Purpose in January 2019. Contact the author here.

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