Army disciplines ex-Bragg officer who made sexual references about Ellmers

Posted January 28, 2014

Rep. Renee Ellmers represents North Carolina's 2nd Congressional district.

— The Army has disciplined a former Fort Bragg commander who, after meeting 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers in 2011, sent emails to other officers jokingly referring to sexual acts.

The Washington Post reported the action in a Sunday story that also detailed investigations into misconduct by other high-ranking military officers. The newspapers obtained the files through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The Army came across a "raunchy exchange" in March 2011 emails between then-Col. Martin Schweitzer, deputy commander for operations for the 82nd Airborne Division, and Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, according to the Post, when prosecutors were reviewing Sinclair's emails as they prepared for his court-martial. Sinclair is expected to go on trial in March on charges that he twice sexually assaulted a captain with whom he had a three-year affair and that he had inappropriate relationships with five other women, including some subordinates.

Schweitzer started the email exchange shortly after meeting with Ellmers, who had taken office two months earlier and visited Fort Bragg to discuss military issues. The 2nd District includes the Army post.

Schweitzer called Ellmers "smoking hot" in the email to Sinclair and 82nd Airborne Division commander Maj. Gen. James Huggins. Sinclair and Schweitzer then exchanged lewd comments in subsequent emails, according to the Post.

The Post said the Army had redacted Ellmers' name and her position in Congress from the emails it provided, but the newspaper obtained an uncensored copy from another source. The Army also completely redacted "the most offensive email" in the exchange, the newspaper reported.

Ellmers said in a statement that Gen. John Campbell, Army vice chief of staff, informed her this month about the comments and the discipline taken against Schweitzer, now a brigadier general.

"Gen. Campbell provided me with documents that show references made about me and without my knowledge by this individual, and the content was entirely inappropriate of the commanders who are tapped with leading the men and women under their command," she said. "I am pleased with the corrective actions that are taking place and how they handled this very difficult situation."


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  • myperspective Jan 29, 2014

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    Historically speaking, the bible was translated/written by men; women were not allowed to be educated. But if God exists, there is no way ANYONE will make me believe that he created women to be 2nd class citizens. Many believers use the bible to justify whatever behavior they "believe" suits their needs!

  • myperspective Jan 29, 2014

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    There is a big difference in complimenting a woman and speaking lewdly about her. Many men think it's o.k. to degrade women when in the presence of other men, even when they may not exhibit the same behavior when women are present. Don't they understand that character is defined by what you do in private, not just what you do in public?

  • wayneboyd Jan 29, 2014

    If he'd said that in the private sector----yeah probably, but if he'd directed his remark toward a member of his same sex, he'd have been lauded.

  • ALECarolina Jan 29, 2014

    Check out all the "outraged" conservabots.......the same crowd that voted for $arah Palin because "she was hot".

    By the way, how's that Dopey-Mavericky stuff workin' out for ya?

  • Hill55 Jan 29, 2014

    Could you imagine what the Army would have done to Bill Clinton for his acts!

    Which begs a question, how did Hilary allow him to get away with that act? Most wife's would have thrown their husbands out of the house. Mine would have.

  • Kaitlyn Jan 28, 2014

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    LOL and you accuse "libruls" of being hypocrites.

  • Hubris Jan 28, 2014

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    We don't elect officials for their looks. On the other hand most Americans would prefer to see Ellmers's face on TV than the facial flesh flapping of Pelosi or Ms. Clinton.

  • Hubris Jan 28, 2014

    "First you'll say Republicans are anti-woman, but then you'll make comments defending crass people like this Colonel and General and trash the person who is the victim here"

    NOTFROMHERE, agree 100%. There is no end to the Democrat's hypocrisy. Democrat's duplicitousness is a vast as the cosmos.

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Jan 28, 2014

    "3 times in 5 hours"

    Keep it classy Mr. Schweitzer. And low level vets wonder why they get the short end of the stick - always. These are your leaders who represent you to Elected officials.

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 28, 2014

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    No way you're talking about my precious Bible young man. Get on your hands and give me 20.