Excerpts from military misconduct investigations: Roberts, Schweitzer, Uhrich
Documents obtained by The Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act document military investigations into personal misconduct by U.S. generals and admirals. Here are excerpts from some of those documents. [Redacted] indicates that the Defense Department redacted the information before releasing the documents to The Post; other words in brackets are edits for clarity.
Army, top commander at Fort Jackson, S.C.
[Redacted] indicated that she met BG Roberts in May 2011 and entered into a consensual, sexual relationship with him two months later. The relationship continued until February 2013. On 13 February 2013, while at BG Roberts’s quarters on Fort Jackson, [redacted] got into a fight with BG Roberts over her cellular phone when [redacted] inadvertently called BG Roberts’s wife. The altercation turned physical when she slapped BG Roberts and he bit her lip. When BG Roberts bit her, her lip bled and required her to seek medical attention. [Redacted] also suffered an eye injury. [Redacted] alleged that during the course of their relationship, she had three other physical altercations with BG Roberts. Three of the four incidents required her to seek medical attention.
On 19 March 2013, CID obtained BG Roberts’s govemment cellular records to determine the frequency of his communcations with [redacted]. Those records not only reflected calls between BG Roberts and [redacted] but they also reflected that BG Roberts had 241 calls between him and [redacted] over a four month period, and 936 calls between him and [redacted] over a six-month period. These calls included calls made in the late evening, in the early morning, on weekends, and on holidays.
BG Roberts’s government cellular phone records from 4 August 2012 through 17 December 2012 indicated that BG Roberts and [redacted] exchanged 31 telephone calls. ... On five different occasions, [the woman] changed her phone number to “protect his career.” She stated that she and BF Roberts devised code words to say “I love you” in text messages because BG Roberts was worried about someone monitoring his phone. The phrase “Roger that!!!” meant “I love you, ‘or the symbol “!!!” by itself meant that he loved her.
Brig. Gen. Martin P. Schweitzer
Army, assigned to Joint Staff at Pentagon. At the time of the incident, was a colonel and commander with the 82nd Airborne Division.
The woman referred to in the e-mails is Rep. Renee L. Ellmers (R-N.C.).
BG Schweitzer initiated the e-mail chain, writing to LTG Huggins and BG Sinclair. Schweitzer provided an update to LTG Huggins regarding his meeting with [Ellmers]. “Briefing went well . . . she was engaging . . . had done her homework. She wants us to know’ she stands with us and will work/push to get the Fort Bragg family [redacted]. BG Schweitzer also included the comment, “She is smoking hot.”
Schweitzer’s statement included the following:
“My comments were a terrible attempt at humor. I didn’t mean them literally or figuratively, I simply meant them to try and be funny during a very tense period within the command to a limited audience. I know they were not appropriate. It was stupid.”
Brig. Gen. David C. Uhrich
Air Force, a commander with Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
From an accounts of an interview with the woman suspected of having an affair with Uhrich:
[You’re] here because rumor has it that you’re having an affair with a General Officer. And then she just went white instantly. ... She just nodded her head, and I said, you are, and then she said, is he going to get in trouble. ... [She said] he made me feel good. ... Have you ever just met someone and they just swept you off your feet and they made you forget about everything and I just looked at her; I didn’t answer her question, I just looked at her, and she said well that’s how he made me feel. And she said, and a few days of happiness is better than none at all. ... I said, have you all had sex? And she just looked at me, her eyes got really big and she said, do I have to answer that; I said absolutely not, you don’t have to answer it.
Maj. [Redacted] further related in his testimony that during Jan -- Apr 12 timeframe, he smelled alcohol onthe general’s breath, on multiple occasions found a bottle of vodka underneath the general’s desk (various levels in the bottle, various kinds of vodka), and even tasted alcohol in the plastic cup on the general’s desk during the duty day. While working with Brig Gen Uhrich, Maj [Redacted] noticed signs of intoxication, to include slurred speech, blood shot eyes, and lack of overall coordination. ... [He] testified:
“I mean one of the frustrations we had again was a, it would be very difficult as [redacted] and for all the front office um. You know often times he would come in and you know kinda give us our to do list, his task go do this um, and then shut the door, come out later; he wouldn’t remember what he had told us to do or he would kind of ask “hey why did you do it like this,” well because you told us to, Sir. So it was very frustrating for the front office.”
“He got up there and you could just see he started to shake, I mean he kinda started with his hands, and then kinda his whole body kinda started shaking, He had to sit down um and then for me again this was still kinda early on for me that was another one of those things that kinda lead me to think alcohol was a problem. Um mostly cause you we wanted to take him to the hospital and he just did not want to go to the hospital. “
“I know on my half I basically told him “hey look, I’ve noticed it, I’m sure everyone else has noticed it.” ... [I said] “hey [you’re] getting a little sloppy,” I know those weren’t some exact words I’ve used, um kinda a warning as much as a warning,you know, you can give, and then just, you know, there was an offer for help you know if he needed it, you know, to let me know to let anyone of us know.” ...
The day after this meeting, Maj [Redacted] and Brig Gen Uhrich exchanged emails concerning their discussion. Brig Gen Uhrich’s email stated, “It was perfect and needed! I thank you.”