The Army says the commanding general of Fort Jackson near Columbia has been suspended amidst charges of adultery and involvement in a physical altercation.
The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) said Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts was suspended after his superiors learned he was reportedly in an altercation with another woman who was not his wife. TRADOC Commanding Gen. Robert Cone suspended Gen. Roberts while the investigation continues.
Roberts is a Virginia native who took command of Fort Jackson in April 2012. He has been in the Army for about 29 years and served as the director of Iraq training and advisory teams before taking the Fort Jackson post.
Brig. Gen. Peggy Combs will serve as interim commander during the investigation. She’s currently the commandant of the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.
According to the Army Times, Roberts had previously posted an anti-sexual assault and harassment message to Fort Jackson on the Army’s website, which has since been removed: “Team Jackson, let me be clear, the Army has zero tolerance for sexual harassment and sexual assault, and so do I.
“I view sexual harassment and assault as an enemy threat, and just as we do with other threats, the Army is placing a continued emphasis toward eliminating it,” Roberts said in the message. “All of us have a shared role in ridding our ranks of this cancerous conduct.”