The two-star general who heads U.S. Army Africa has been fired and recalled to Washington, amid allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with the wife of an enlisted soldier, the Army said Friday.
An Army statement provided to The Associated Press said that Maj. Gen. Joseph Harrington was removed from his job due to a loss in confidence in his ability to command.
Army Col. Patrick Seiber, an Army spokesman, said Friday that Harrington is under investigation for sending inappropriate Facebook messages to the woman, who is married to a soldier on that same base in Vincenza, Italy.
The private communications ranged from flattering to flirtatious, according to USA Today.
In one instance, Harrington writes that the woman is a ‘HOTTIE’ and ‘looking good for sure,’ in reference to her appearance.
You seem to have a great modeling resume! Truly! Though I hadn’t noticed! Where is your hubby tonight? Work?,’ the general wrote in another series of messages.
Harrington also told the woman that ‘U can be my nurse,’ and added, ‘I’d enjoy being in a tent with U.’
According to Mailonline,Harrington, who is also married, was suspended from his post on Sept. 1, but had stayed in Italy.
Under the latest move, Seiber said Harrington will remain in the Army but will be reassigned to the Pentagon. As is usually done in discipline cases, Harrington will work as a special assistant to the director of the Army Staff until the investigation is finished.