The commander of one of two infantry basic training battalions at Fort Benning, Georgia, has been relieved, an official confirmed to Army Times Monday.
Lt. Col. Robert Howard commanded 2nd Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning, home of the Army’s infantry one station unit training. Howard’s relief was first reported Friday by U.S. Army W.T.F.! Moments.
“The commander was relieved for loss of confidence in his ability to command,” Fort Benning spokesman Ben Garrett told Army Times.
Garrett declined to disclose whether or where Howard has been reassigned.
Howard’s firing comes a month after the Army launched an investigation into alleged sexual assaults by drill sergeants against female trainees at Fort Benning. Women reported to the post for infantry one station unit training for the first time early this year.
A group of Fort Benning drill sergeants have been suspended amid an investigation into multiple sexual assault allegations, a Fort Benning spokesman confirmed to Army Times on Wednesday.
Garrett declined to confirm or deny the allegations published by Army W.T.F.! Moments, including whether Howard’s firing came as a result of alleged sexual misconduct against trainees in his battalion.