An 82nd Airborne commander's comments about Ellmers draw reprimand

01/27/2014 5:32 PM

01/28/2014 10:17 AM

A front-page Washington Post story published Jan. 26 on misconduct by military leaders says Martin Schweitzer, a commander with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division who met Rep. Renee Ellmers at Fort Bragg in 2011 later sent emails to a general and a colonel describing her as “smoking hot” and jokingly referred to explicit sexual acts.

The incident was one of several that the newspaper discovered in files on investigations into misconduct obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Ellmers declined to talk more about it on Monday but released a statement she gave to The Washington Post on Friday. In it she said she was briefed two weeks ago by the Army’s Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell on the “investigation of a certain military leader and the allegations regarding several inappropriate actions.”

She added: “General 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. I was thoroughly impressed with General Campbell's sense of urgency and his willingness to speak with me on these issues and provide all the details that took place during the investigation.

“I am pleased with the corrective actions that are taking place and how they handled this very difficult situation. I will continue to work with our military to ensure that future cases like these are handled effectively and in the same manner that was afforded to me by the professional men and women who were tasked to complete it.”

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