The commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground has announced his retirement from the Army after the discovery of an affair he had with a civilian woman five years ago during a separation from his wife. Secretary of Defense William Cohen said Maj. Gen. John Longhouser was in a “compromising position” because it was he would decided when others should face military trials for sex-related offenses. The early retirement announced June 3 will cost Longhouser some $10,000 a year in retirement pay since he failed to serve the required three years in his current post as two-star brigadier general and will instead retire at the one-star rank.
Last week Air Force pilot Lt. Kelly Flinn was to face a court-martial on charges of adultery, lying and disobeying an order. Flinn avoided the court-martial by agreeing to accept a general discharge which makes her ineligible to fly for the Reserves or to receive most benefits. Flinn also has to reimburse the Air Force for $18,000 of the education.
Aberdeen’s Army Ordnance Center commander Maj. Gen. Robert D. Shadley is moving into a new job as director of logistics at Forces Command at Fort McPherson, Georgia. An Army spokesman said the lateral move is a standard reassignment after Shadley completed the normal two-year tour of duty as the commander of the base where allegations of sexual misconduct spurred a service-wide probe.
The Army is currently deciding whether or not to court-martial Gene McKinney, the Army’s top enlisted soldier who has been accused of adultery and assault involving four military women.
On June 4, an Air Force recruiter was sentenced to seven months in prison and given a bad-conduct discharge after pleading guilty to adultery and making sexual advances while he worked in Menasha, Wisconsin in 1996. Technical Sgt. Robert Dean Hayden, who is married, admitted that he had sex with an assistant, one of his recruits, in the recruiting office and that he made advances to another female recruit at a party. The court-martial took place at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Media Resources: The Nando Net and the Associated Press; Reuters; USA Today - June 3, 1997]
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .