COMMANDER OF U.S. ARMY GARRISON (JAPAN)
RELIEVED - COL ERIC TILLEY FIRED - HAD BEEN
SUSPENDED IN JUNE - USMA GRAD (CLASS OF
1989) DUMPED FOR "NON-CRIMINAL" ACTS SAYS
ARMY FLAK - FATHER IS A RETIRED SGT MAJOR

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It's a trick we learned long ago when we were a command public affairs officer. Always release embarrassing news late on Friday afternoon. That way, it might be forgotten or "old news" by the time Monday of the following week rolled around.

True to form, the Pentagon press office waited until almost the end of the day Friday, Nov. 1, to confirm that COL Eric Tilley, commanding officer of the U.S. Army Garrison, Japan had been relieved of duty.

The 45 year-old No. Carolina native had been suspended for unspecified reasons this June.

Now his military career is, for all intensive purposes, over.

ANOTHER WEST POINT GRADUATE

MAJ GEN James C. Boozers Sr., commander of U.S. Army Japan, pulled the trigger. Pentagon flaks would give no information other than the general had "lost faith in COL Tilley's ability to command."

When pressed for more details, an Army spokesperson said it would be "inappropriate" to make public any allegations made against the colonel because "the investigation did not lead to a finding of criminal misconduct."

Tilley is a West Point graduate (Class of 1989) and son of a retired Army sergeant-major. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and served with NATO in Belgium during his 24-year military career.

Readers of MilitaryCorruption.com will recall (see related stories box below) that MAJ GEN Michael Harrison, then-commander of U.S. Army, Japan, was relieved for unexplained reasons relating to a sexual harassment complaint, earlier this year.

The Pentagon insists that the Harrison case has "nothing to do with" Tilley's removal.

We invite our Camp Zama readers to fill us in on the details. Thank you.

 

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