PEEL OFF A STAR, GENERAL - AND PUT IN
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It would have been likely ignored a few years ago. But not acting on a sexual assault complaint by a female in the military today is a career-killer, as former MAJ GEN Michael T. Harrison just found out.
The 33-year Army veteran has been reduced one star to brigadier general and told he will retire, like right now. Army Secretary John McHugh signed off on the unusual punishment of a flag officer.
It's in the regs. An officer can only retire at the last grade "satisfactorily" served in, and Harrison screwed up big-time when he failed to pursue the serious complaint.
NO MORE "SWEEPING IT UNDER CARPET"
Readers of Military Corruption.com (see related stories box below) first found out about Harrison's troubles when we reported them earlier this year. He was suspended from his former post as commander of U.S. Army Japan back then.
All of us can remember cases like this that would have been "swept under the rug" as a matter of routine back in the "bad old days."
Not to say that much is better in today's Army. Much is worse, but sexual assault is a serious matter to both the brass and Congress these days. Stuff like Harrison tried to pull can now get you fired and demoted.
Harrison will retire as soon as his papers can be processed. What happened to him should be a warning to other flag officers that "taking care of" a pal in the chain-of-command' can be costly indeed.
|WAR ON SEXUAL ASSAULT IN MILITARY CLAIMS
HIGHEST-RANKING OFFICER TO DATE - MAJ GEN
MICHAEL HARRISON SR - TOP GENERAL IN JAPAN
SUSPENDED AFTER CIVILIAN SECRETARY SAYS
HER ALLEGED ATTACKER (A SENIOR OFFICER)
PROTECTED BY HARRISON - ARMY RELIEVES
TWO-STAR WHILE INVESTIGATION UNDER
WAY - "VICTIM" SAYS ALLEGED ATTACKER TOLD
HER: "HARRISON LOOKS OUT FOR ME"