Marine general removed from post, investigation under way
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) _ Marine Corps Logistics Base Brig. Gen. Harry K. Barnes has been removed from his post because of an ongoing investigation that the Marine Corps commandant says has impaired the general’s leadership ability.
``The bottom line is, the investigation is ongoing, and while I can’t comment specifically on the details of this case, the preliminary investigation provided enough information to Gen. (Charles C.) Krulak for him to conclude that Brig. Gen. Barnes could no longer effectively serve as the commanding general at MCLB, Albany,″ Maj. Scott Campbell of the Public Affairs Division at Headquarters said Friday.
Col. Charles Young, chief of staff at the Albany base, told reporters it is base policy not to address issues involved with or surrounding an investigation. ``To tell you the truth, I don’t know when this started or when it might end,″ he said.
Campbell said the allegations must be ``pretty serious″ to result in Barnes’ removal. He would neither confirm nor deny the content of letters distributed to news organizations that said the investigation is centered on sexual harassment complaints and some fiscal improprieties.
The Inspector General’s Office of Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps in Washington, is conducting the investigation, he said.
Barnes is one of the 68 highest-ranking officers in the Marine Corps. He relinquished command of the base to Maj. Gen. Gary S. McKissock, according to Young.
The base employs 2,400 civilians and 900 Marines. It is responsible for maintaining and refurbishing equipment such as tanks and assault vehicles, and coordinating the supply of combat troops.