According to a recent press release, the Pentagon fires Senior Adviser for misconduct allegations. The announcement was made official by the Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who has also communicated us that the matter will be referred to the department’s inspector general.
The decision to fire the most important military official sparked the entire nations’ curiosity, but the Pentagon did not release any further explanations. The real reason behind its release remain hidden, the official declaration cited only misconduct allegations.
Army Lt. Gen. Ron Lewis was recently removed from his position within the Pentagon. Carter was informed on Tuesday night that the senior adviser was going to be fired; therefore, he proceeded to inform the inspector general.
Although Lewis has misconduct issues, he has told the press that he was not aware officials were planning to fire him. He found out about their decision at a later date and had to meet with his official on Thursday morning. Lewis refused to release any more declarations because he was not authorized to give information about his release conditions.
The announcement that Carter was going to be fired was accompanied by a series of confusing information. According to him, the Pentagon is asking its employees to give proof of high standards of conduct in their day to day lives, as well as at their job. Such requirements are even more severe in the case of employees covering senior positions. Consequently, something in Lewis’ conduct has clearly upset Pentagon’s officials, but we are not told yet what exactly.
The news is even more surprising considering that Carter and Lewis have always been regarded as incredibly close professionals. Lewis began his military career by serving Carter. Later, when the latter was selected to cover the position of secretary of defense, Carter has chosen Lewis to be his adviser.
Shortly after his first promotion, the Senate made Lewis another offer on June 23. In spite of his good career evolution, the good days seem to have ended for Lewis now that he has been officially released. Carter confirmed that authorities may take actions against Lewis if the investigation finds he has indeed misconducted himself.
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