An Army National Guard brigadier general assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a major general in charge of a Kansas-based infantry division have been recently relieved of their duties, according to a report in USA Today and an Army statement released Friday.
Brig. Gen. Michael Bobeck is accused of having an extramarital affair — a violation of military law if proven true — and is being investigated, according to the USA Today report. Bobeck has been reassigned from his post on the Joint Chiefs pending the results of the investigation.
The report also indicated that Bobeck had a cozy relation with an Alexandria, Va-based consulting firm that had done some work with the Pentagon. It is unclear if that had anything to do with the removal from his post, but at one point, according to the report, Bobeck lived with one of the firm’s executives.
Bobeck, a decorated officer, enlisted in the Army infantry in 1979 before going on to serve in a variety of billets in both the active duty Army and the National Guard. He was commissioned through ROTC after graduating from Canisius College before undergoing helicopter pilot training. Throughout his career, he spent time in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, and as a company commander in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. At one point, he was in charge of the New York National Guard’s aviation branch.
On the Joint Staff, Bobeck was the deputy director for Force Protection and Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction. He was deployed to Iraq and is the recipient of the Bronze Star, according to a military biography posted online.
Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby, commander of the 1st Infantry Division in Fort Riley Kansas since August 2015, has “been suspended from duties as commander,” according to the Army statement. The removal of a division commander is rare and military officials would not say why he was relieved.
“He is currently the subject of an official investigation and we cannot comment further at this time,” the statement said. Grigsby’s biography on the Fort Riley website indicates that he is still in charge of the unit.
Grigsby graduated from Salisbury University and has spent his Army career in a number of units, deploying multiple times to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo. Grigsby was also previously in charge of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, a command responsible for targeting groups such as al-Qaeda and al-Shabab in the region.
He is the recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.