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82nd Airborne Division brigade commander relieved

Apr. 30, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
Col. Patrick Hynes
Col. Patrick Hynes (Army)
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The commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division has been relieved of command, officials announced Wednesday.

Col. Patrick Hynes was relieved of command by Maj. Gen. John Nicholson, the commanding general of the division.

The action took place after an investigation into allegations of misconduct; Hynes was relieved due to loss of confidence in his ability to command, according to a statement from the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C.

No further details about the investigation or the nature of the allegations were available Wednesday evening.

Lt. Col. Albert Paquin, the commander of 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, will temporarily take command of 2nd BCT, officials said.

Prior to the investigation, the Army had already selected Col. Joseph Ryan to succeed Hynes as brigade commander. Ryan is scheduled to take command in July, officials said.

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