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Army general fired and loses a star after ‘counterproductive’ leadership

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One of the Army’s top logistics officers has been fired and demoted after an inspector general investigation found he engaged in “counterproductive leadership behaviors”, the service said.

Major General Duane Gamble, a former three-star general, was investigated over allegations of racist behavior while serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, a position commonly referred to as the G- 4.

That investigation found that Gamble did not discriminate on the basis of race, but still received a General Officer’s Reprimand Memorandum, or GOMOR, for leadership issues, according to Cynthia Smith, a carrier. army word. GOMORs are widely considered automatic career killers for officers and are rarely awarded to senior leaders. It’s unclear if Gamble will be able to retire at his former three-star rank, which he achieved in September 2019.

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Smith noted that Gamble’s subordinates were “satisfied with his leadership”, although he was “counterproductive”.

The investigation found that “Gamble did not discriminate on the basis of race and most of his actions had a positive impact on the organization,” Smith said in a statement Wednesday. “Furthermore, command climate surveys identified that a majority of Lt. Gen. Gamble’s subordinates were satisfied with his leadership. for which he received a General Officer’s Memorandum of Reprimand.”

Smith declined to detail what led Gamble to lose position and a star. Because generals’ positions correlate directly to a specific rank, Gamble’s reassignment as Special Assistant to the Director of the Army General Staff returns him to a two-star general.

Gamble was reported to the Inspector General of the Army in September 2020 for allegations that he made racist remarks about black subordinates, as well as other inappropriate comments, according to an article published by Task & Purpose, who was the first to report on the investigation.

Maj. Gen. Charles Hamilton was promoted to lieutenant general on Wednesday and assumed G-4 duties. He was previously director of operations for the G-4.

— Steve Beynon can be contacted at Steve.Beynon@military.com. Follow him on Twitter @StevenBeynon.

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