Major General sacked after alcohol, sexual misconduct charges

Maj. Gen. Ralph Baker, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, was fired from his command last Thursday after an administrative hearing on alcohol and sexual misconduct charges. Washington Post: Baker has appealed the administrative action to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. But since senior commanders such as Ham have broad latitude in decisions to relieve subordinates of command, Hagel's decision may focus more on the financial punishment doled out by Ham, officials said. Details of how much his pay was docked were not released. The allegations against Baker involve harassment and inappropriate contact, said the officials, who were not authorized to talk publicly about the case so spoke on condition of anonymity. Baker took over the task force, based at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, last May and was scheduled to leave the job in the near future. He has returned to Washington and is temporarily serving as a special assistant to the director of the Army staff...(Read Full Post)