Military

EL PASO — Documents recently released to a newspaper show a high-ranking officer at Fort Bliss was fired for misusing a government-issued credit card after buying two dinners for a woman while traveling on Army business.

The El Paso Times says the details of garrison commander Col. Thomas Munsey’s termination were released Thursday in response to an open records request.

The Army documents also show Munsey failed to register his privately owned weapons with the Provost Marshal’s Office within 72 hours of arriving at Fort Bliss.

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TEMPLE — The family of a Central Texas veteran who committed suicide is suing the Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming a VA hospital should have involuntarily held him for treatment.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that a March 12 lawsuit alleges Kevin Lee Hartbarger committed suicide in 2012 hours after seeking help at the Olin E. Teague Veterans Medical Center in Temple.

The complaint alleges staffers at the hospital failed to “timely diagnose suicidal behavior and obtain involuntary hold to allow for treatment” through a court order.

FORT HOOD — An Army officer admitted to a military tribunal Wednesday that he betrayed his role at Fort Hood as an advocate for victims of sexual abuse by organizing a prostitution ring at the sprawling Central Texas base.

Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen, under questioning by a military judge, explained how he recruited three cash-strapped female soldiers to join the ring. One was told she could make plenty of money at “swinger parties, stripper parties,” the Austin American-Statesman reported.

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Wichita, Kan. — The highest U.S. military court’s reversal of a Kansas airman’s aggravated assault conviction for exposing multiple sex partners to HIV at swinger parties in Wichita will effectively end such prosecutions in the armed forces, his attorney said.

The Army has decided to award the victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting with a Purple Heart, Texas Rep. John Carter said in a statement.

The issue has always been contentious, because the Army has always maintained the incident, in which Maj. Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, opened fire and killed 13 people, amounted to workplace violence.

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