GENERAL LOSES PROMOTION TO THIRD STAR FOR
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GEN George Patton slapped a shell-shocked soldier in an Army field hospital in Europe during World War II. Today, he is reported to be spinning in his grave to hear that an Army general has lost a promotion to his third star and will likely have to put in his retirement papers after 33 years service because he was "politically incorrect."
Ryan Gonsalves, who was commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division until just a few months ago, was accused (he said he didn't say it) of calling a young Congressional female staffer "sweetheart." This momentous crime was committed at an Oct. 2016 meeting at Fort Carson, Colorado.
The angry staffer of Democrat Congressman James Langelin (R. I.) got her revenge when news leaked out Gonsalves was being promoted to next commander of U.S. Army Europe. She filed a complaint with the Inspector General's Office, knowing full-well, in the present highly-charged atmosphere in the country, his military career would swiftly come to an end.
Despite his denial of even saying the word, the PC result of the I.G. probe "substantiated" the accusation and declared Gonsalves "failed to treat" the outraged staffer "with proper dignity and respect."
The native of Colorado Springs, Colo. who earned his Army officer's commission in 1984, has been shuffled off to a "job" as "special assistant" to the commanding general, III Corps, Fort Hood, Tex. In other words, a temporary stop on the road to Palookaville, while the highly-successful (until now) flag officer puts in his retirement papers.