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Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014

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Convicted general retires as lieutenant colonel

WASHINGTON - Secretary of the Army John McHugh announced June 20 that he has stripped a general officer of two grades before retiring him from service with the United States Army.

Jeffery Sinclair, who currently holds the rank of brigadier general, will be retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel. This is the first time the Army has reduced a retiring general officer by two ranks in a decade.

"While retirement benefits are mandated by federal law, there is a requirement that an individual must have served satisfactorily in rank before receiving those benefits," McHugh explained. "Sinclair displayed a pattern of inappropriate and at times illegal behavior both while serving as a brigadier general and a colonel. I therefore decided there was sufficient evidence and cause to deny him those benefits."

Sinclair was convicted at a court-martial in March 2014, after pleading guilty to criminal offenses including adultery, maltreatment of a subordinate, engaging in improper relationships, willful disobedience of an order, wrongful use of a government travel card, wrongful possession of pornography, and conduct unbecoming an officer. He was fined $20,000 and issued a reprimand.

McHugh noted that he is prevented by federal law from taking further action, and did what was "legally sustainable."

"During Capitol Hill hearings, I was asked whether Sinclair would receive a pension after proceedings were complete," McHugh explained. "Under federal law, if a person has earned a pension because of their years of service, they are entitled to those benefits; Congress might consider a change in the law that would allow greater flexibility and accountability."

CID combats crime with '1-844-ARMY-CID'

QUANTICO, Va. - The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as CID, added another way to report a crime.

The recent addition is a new toll-free telephone number, 1-844-ARMY-CID (844-276-9243), designed to be easy to remember allowing Soldiers, civilians and Family members to report a crime 24/7.

"Crime doesn't happen in a bubble, especially in the Army because our population is so mobile," said Special Agent Vanessa Carrell, the chief of investigative operations for CID. "The toll free number is just one more avenue for those we serve to contact CID and allows us to better serve the Army and our communities."

To report a crime, are the victim of a crime, have information about a crime, or would like to speak with a CID Special Agent, you can call your local CID Office, call the Military Police, call 1-844-ARMY-CID or email CID at Army.CID.Crime.Tips@mail.mil.

Give your two cents on military compensation

WASHINGTON - The commission tasked by President Barack Obama and Congress to modernize military compensation and benefits programs is seeking input from service members on their preferences.

People can provide input on the commission's public website, www.mcrmc.gov, and written comments may be mailed to the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, Post Office Box 13170, Arlington, VA 22209.

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