WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army says the commanding general of Fort Jackson, S.C., has been suspended in connection with charges of adultery and involvement in a physical altercation.

The Army says Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts reportedly was in an altercation with another woman, not his wife. Roberts was suspended from his job by Gen. Robert W. Cone, commander of Army Training and Doctrine Command, while the investigation continues.

Roberts took command of Fort Jackson in April 2012.

He has been in the Army for about 29 years and served as the director of Iraq training and advisory teams before taking the Fort Jackson post.

The suspension is the latest in a series of scandals involving senior military officers in recent months.

Brig. Gen. Peggy Combs will serve as interim commander during the investigation.
Combs was named commander of the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School last September.

Harvey Perritt, spokesman for the command at Fort Eustis, Va., said Criminal Investigation Command agents are at Fort Jackson. Perritt said the investigation is expected to take several weeks and could last up to several months.

Perritt said the suspension stemmed from preliminary evidence gathered by CID.

“This is conduct contrary to values in the Army. We don’t condone this,” Perritt said. “The Army holds accountable all soldiers, regardless of rank or position.”


Lolita C. Baldor

Associated Press