Aug 27, 2014 1:34 PM by Associated Press

Army knocks 2-star general down to 1-star rank

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Army says it has forced a two-star general to retire as a one-star general after he was disciplined for failing to properly handle a sexual assault allegation in his command in Japan.

The decision was made and announced Wednesday by Army Secretary John M. McHugh.

McHugh determined that Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison will be retired as a brigadier general. Under federal law, commissioned officers retire at the highest rank in which they are determined to have served satisfactorily.

In June 2013 Harrison was suspended from his duties as commander of U.S. Army Forces in Japan for allegedly failing to report or properly investigate an allegation of sexual assault.


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