RESPECTED ARMY GENERAL SCAPEGOATED
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If there's one word that defines the more than 30-year Army career of BG John Cho it is "excellence."
The super-achiever cardio thoracic surgeon and former top officer at the Western Regional Medical Command always maintained high standards and expected those who worked for him to do likewise.
A West Point (Class of 1984) graduate, GEN Cho didn't suffer fools gladly. That proved to be his downfall.
BACK-STABBED BY MALCONTENTS
Disgruntled workers knew filing an I.G. complaint and whining about "toxic leadership" might get their boss ousted. It seems to have worked.
Army flaks won't go into many details. All they say is GEN Cho "failed to treat subordinates with proper respect."
Whatever the truth is, this marks the end of the line for the first active-Army soldier of Korean descent to earn a promotion to flag officer. Cho has no choice now but to put in his papers and retire.
ONCE PRAISED - NOW CAREER AT AN END
MilitaryCorruption.com readers at Landstuhl, Germany recall - some with affection - Cho's tour of duty as commander of that major medical installation. Many others have sent in e-mails praising the general for his no-nonsense style. Now that has come back to bite him.
"Chuck Hagel (former Defense Secretary) scapegoated him," said a disgusted Army doctor who asked us not to reveal his identity.
When Cho arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Madigan Army Medical Center in 2013, he was hailed by the Army as having "great competence, compassion, credibility, courage and selfless service." All words written by the PAO, for sure, but rather ironic now.