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Firings, ousters, scandals, and more

A very joint roundup.



A very joint roundup:

— Retired Army Maj. Gen. James Grazioplene was charged with six counts of rape of a minor.

— The former vice commander of the 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw AFB, in Sumter, S.C., was court-martialed and pled guilty to child porn charges.

— A Marine major was convicted of lying about a case involving his sexual indecencies.

— A lieutenant commander in the Navy Cargo Handling Battalion Eight was charged with hazing a sailor.

— Navy Lt. j.g. Willie Jeter got 20 years for two sexual assaults, including one on the USS Truxtun, a destroyer.

— The senior NCO at AFSOUTH was charged with dereliction of duty and related offenses.

— The Navy’s Master Chief selection board was scuttled following allegations of aggravated hanky-panky.

— And a U.S. Army colonel serving with a German division thought it was a good idea to go on Facebook and criticize Angela Merkel for “ruining” Germany.

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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

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