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Is this Army LTC cheeky or creative? Can adultery be a matter of religious freedom? Did he offer a surface warfare pin for sex?

An Army Reserve LTC doing time in Leavenworth for assault and improper relations with subordinates collected his wages while in prison by making it look like he was stationed at Leavenworth rather than behind bars there. Innovative tactic!

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An Army Reserve LTC doing time in Leavenworth for assault and improper relations with subordinates collected his wages while in prison by making it look like he was stationed at Leavenworth rather than behind bars there. Innovative tactic!

Meantime, the chief of U.S. military operations in Europe got the big boot for having sexual relations with a woman who is not his wife. But he went to Brigham Young University, so maybe he’s a Mormon. If so, perhaps he could contest the charge on the grounds of religious freedom, claiming that he has more than one wife. (In other LDS news, I was a bishop in a previous life.) More here — reportedly he was big into swinging clubs.

Meantime, Col. Dumbass, USAF, had child porn on his computer, or so they say.

An Army Reserve LTC doing time in Leavenworth for assault and improper relations with subordinates collected his wages while in prison by making it look like he was stationed at Leavenworth rather than behind bars there. Innovative tactic!

Meantime, the chief of U.S. military operations in Europe got the big boot for having sexual relations with a woman who is not his wife. But he went to Brigham Young University, so maybe he’s a Mormon. If so, perhaps he could contest the charge on the grounds of religious freedom, claiming that he has more than one wife. (In other LDS news, I was a bishop in a previous life.) More here — reportedly he was big into swinging clubs.

Meantime, Col. Dumbass, USAF, had child porn on his computer, or so they say.

And the former skipper of the USS Anzio maintains that his female subordinate made the advances. She counters that he offered her a surface warfare pin in exchange for sex.

Meantime, a Navy skipper got the big boot for making a pass at a female sailor. (We should emphasize here that the Navy is to be congratulated for its transparency, which is admirable, and quite a contrast to the way the Army and Air Force hides these moves.)

Up north, after the commander of Canada’s special operations units had a negligent discharge in Afghanistan, he reported it himself and later e-mailed a report on the incident to everyone in his command. Because he is a general officer, the discharge resulted in a court-martial. “Accountability underpins our actions as soldiers and especially as leaders,” he explained.

Also up tundra way, the commander of the 1st Battalion of Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry Regiment, which you may remember from Afghanistan (or from the Sicily campaign in World War II), will go to trial on a raftload of sexual charges. His name, unfortunately, is Lt. Col. Stalker.

Photo Credit: U.S. Army

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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