The military trial begins this week for the dismissed artillery battalion commander
The general court-martial for the former field artillery battalion commander at Washington-based Joint Base Lewis-McChord will begin this week, according to an online court docket and an I Corps spokesman.
Lt. Col. Herman Bernard West faces a general court-martial on charges of “conduct unbecoming an officer and sexual harassment,” said I Corps spokeswoman Lt. Col. Jennifer Bocanegra. Stars and stripes Reported for the first time The army’s intention is to try the West militarily.
Bocanegra said the charges were referred to a general military court on January 30. Discharge or discharge misconduct.
She added that West is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday, February 8. Bocanegra also noted that West is “innocent until proven guilty.”
The artillery officer was removed from his position as commander of the 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Regiment in October, the Army said. His firing came after an investigation substantiated the sexual harassment allegations, his attorney Jason Wareham confirmed to the Army Times in November. Neither Wareham nor West immediately responded to Army Times inquiries for this story.
The former Western Battalion, consisting of HIMARS rocket artillery batteries, is part of the 17th Field Artillery Brigade of I Corps. The battalion received a new commander in January.
The lieutenant colonel is the nephew of Allen West, himself a former Army lieutenant colonel who was also dismissed from command of a battalion in 2003 for staging a mock execution of a detained Iraqi policeman. The Elder West, who has since become a prominent conservative politician, was eventually forced into retirement after receiving non-judicial punishment for the abuses he admitted to investigators.
(tags for translation) Bernard West