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Army punishment roundup: Engineers CO heaved in Buffalo, hospital cdr fired at Ft. Bragg, Gen. Boykin reprimanded

The Army didn’t say why the commander of the Corps of Engineers in Buffalo was relieved except for the old line about loss of confidence. Spokesperson said, “I think that because this is an ongoing personnel action, it’s inappropriate to discuss any details.” But she didn’t say when it would be appropriate to discuss it. ...

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The Army didn't say why the commander of the Corps of Engineers in Buffalo was relieved except for the old line about loss of confidence. Spokesperson said, "I think that because this is an ongoing personnel action, it's inappropriate to discuss any details." But she didn't say when it would be appropriate to discuss it. I can't believe we pay people tens of thousands of dollars a year to make such statements. 

Ditto for the commander of the hospital at Fort Bragg. And his posse.

Also the other day retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, former commander of the Elite and Secretive Delta Force, was reprimanded by the Army for some stuff he put in his book, which no one noticed until now.

The Army didn’t say why the commander of the Corps of Engineers in Buffalo was relieved except for the old line about loss of confidence. Spokesperson said, “I think that because this is an ongoing personnel action, it’s inappropriate to discuss any details.” But she didn’t say when it would be appropriate to discuss it. I can’t believe we pay people tens of thousands of dollars a year to make such statements. 

Ditto for the commander of the hospital at Fort Bragg. And his posse.

Also the other day retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, former commander of the Elite and Secretive Delta Force, was reprimanded by the Army for some stuff he put in his book, which no one noticed until now.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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