Back in July, the Senate received a promotion nomination for Maj. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves, then the commander of the 4th Infantry Division.
Four months later, that third star is still on hold as the Army finishes up an inspector general investigation into Gonsalves’ conduct toward a congressional staffer, Stars and Stripes first reported on Nov. 8.
An Army spokesman declined to comment on the nature of the investigation until it is completed and Gonsalves has had a chance to respond to the findings.
“It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time,” William Sharp told Army Times in a statement Tuesday.
A week earlier, however, a spokesperson told Stripes that an IG complaint had been “substantiated for failure to treat a congressional staffer with dignity and respect.”
The Army declined to elaborate on those claims to Army Times, as well as to specify the dates when the IG complaint was filed and substantiated, and when the service notified the Senate.
Sharp did confirm that Gonsalves is serving as special assistant to the III Corps commanding general at Fort Carson, Colorado. Gonsalves turned over command of 4th ID in August.
Gonsalves had been rumored to be in line to replace Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges as commander of U.S. Army Europe this fall, Stripes reported.
Sharp declined to confirm whether that had been the case, but said that Hodges is set to relinquish command of USAREUR in mid-December.
“A replacement for Lt. Gen. Hodges has not yet been announced,” Sharp said.
Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at Military Times. She covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other issues affecting service members.