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Fort Jackson commander suspended for misconduct

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FORT JACKSON, SC (WIS) -

A commander at Fort Jackson has been suspended due to allegations of misconduct.

According to the spokesman for U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Brig. Gen. Bryan T. Roberts was suspended of his duties as Commanding General, U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson on Tuesday.

The spokesman says the allegations include adultery and a physical altercation.

Roberts was suspended by the Commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Gen. Robert W. Cone.

While the investigation is ongoing, Brig. Gen. Peggy C. Combs, Commandant of the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., will serve as the interim commander until the investigation is complete and the issue resolved.

"It's never pleasant to see a soldier whether he be a general or a private accused of misconduct of this nature, I think the key is that Fort Jackson in particular has been merciless and perhaps unjust in dealing with noncommissioned officers and young junior officers who have been accused of the very same misconduct," said attorney Henry Hamilton, who specializes in military law.

WIS asked the Army for details about the allegations. The public affairs office said that information wouldn't be available until the case is complete.

Hamilton practiced military law for more than 30 years, some of that time as a JAG attorney.  He estimates he's worked on at least 40 cases that have gone to court involving allegations of adultery, cases at Fort Jackson.

"It will be interesting to see how the Army command handles this allegation now that it's a general officer," said Hamilton.

Hamilton said in the cases he's tried, some of the people fighting adultery allegations have been court-martialed, and faced less than honorable discharge from the armed services. Though, he said in other cases, the charges have simply been dismissed.

"I think that if we have equal protection under the law and we have fairness it would be interesting to see how the command  deals with it," said Hamilton. "Now keep in mind, I'm not saying that any of these allegations are true or not. I don't know. Neither do you. Nobody does at this point."

Should the Army build a strong enough case against the 29-year veteran, this could end his military career.

Roberts is a veteran of three tours in Iraq, and became commander in April of 2012.

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