Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Army Relieves Top Enlisted Man of Duties after Complaint

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Army Relieves Top Enlisted Man of Duties after Complaint

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The Army relieved its top-ranked enlisted soldier of his duties Monday after the woman who accused him of sexual misconduct publicly complained of a "different system of justice" for the service's upper tier.

In explaining its decision, the Army said publicity about the allegations against Sgt. Maj. Gene C. McKinney made it difficult for him to carry out his duties as sergeant major of the Army. The occupant of that assignment serves as adviser to the Army chief of staff on matters related to the service's enlisted personnel.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Dennis Reimer said McKinney had been transferred to the Military District of Washington "pending resolution of the allegations." McKinney had already surrendered his seat on a special panel on Army policy on sexual harassment. The step was taken one day after McKinney's accuser, retired Sgt. Maj. Brenda Hoster, said that McKinney should be reassigned until the charges against him are resolved. Senators Olympia J. …

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