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Female officers testify that 1-star harassed, threatened them

On paper, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair was the perfect commander – a trained paratrooper in the Army for 27 years, a Ranger and the 82nd Airborne Division’s deputy commanding general for support.

But Sinclair, 50 and married, was leading a secret life.

Prosecutors say Sinclair engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior that began in 2007, involving four subordinates and a civilian, that took place in Iraq, Afghanistan and Germany, as well as Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Hood, Texas.

 

After the election: cuts likely in pay, benefits

An election that returned President Obama to the White House, left Democrats controlling the Senate and Republicans running the House could end up hurting your wallet and career.

With campaign rhetoric behind them and serious financial problems ahead if an agreement isn’t reached to control spending, early discussions are underway for a potential deficit-reduction package that could include a $10 billion to $20 billion annual reduction in planned defense spending.

Get all the details in this week’s Army Times, on sale now.

 

Number of veterans in Congress drops despite new arrivals

Nine Iraq and Afghanistan veterans will be part of the freshman class in the House of Representatives.

But the overall number of veterans in Congress will decline in January.

In the Senate, the number of veterans will drop to 20 from 26 when the 113th Congress convenes. Retirements are the chief reason for the drop, although, of the four incumbent veterans up for re-election Nov. 6, one of them lost. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., a member of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs committees who had deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 as an Army National Guardsman, was defeated by Democratic Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren.


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