101st Combat Aviation Brigade conduct misconduct investigation clears up
STUTTGART, Germany – The leadership of an army aviation brigade has been cleared following a lengthy investigation of conduct complaints, the 18th Airborne Corps said this week.
The 101st Airborne Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade, which came under scrutiny in April after soldiers on an official trip visited a Polish strip club where a senior battalion officer disappeared, was questioned after various complaints were lodged against the command.
“A comprehensive, months-long follow-up investigation by a brigadier general did not identify any adverse findings against Col. Travis Habhab or his subordinates,” 18th Airborne Corps spokesman Captain Javon Starnes said in a statement .
Habhab is the commander of the Fort Campbell, Ky., Brigade, which completed a nine-month rotation in Europe in April in support of the Atlantic Resolve military campaign, which focused on deterring Russian aggression.
Bullying, suicidal thoughts at brigade headquarters and drunken drinking by officers were among the issues reported within the unit, according to internal command documents and inspector general complaints obtained by Stars and Stripes.
In May, the 18th Airborne Corps, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, dispatched a senior officer to Fort Campbell to investigate allegations of wrongdoing, the nature of which was not disclosed by the command.
But during the brigade’s Europe rotation, there were indications of a morale problem. A brigade headquarters company command climate survey conducted during the deployment to Europe found that 44% of respondents “reported knowing” of suicidal thoughts and 25% reported some type of behavior. intimidation in the unit.
And in April, the brigade was embroiled in a scandal after revelations emerged about a battalion trip approved as a WWII site tour.
On the first night of the trip, the soldiers drank heavily and went to the banned Obsession Club in the resort town of Gdansk, according to an army investigation report obtained by Stars and Stripes.
The battalion executive officer disappeared for a day after he was likely drugged and was charged thousands of dollars on his credit card, according to the investigation report.
The commander of the battalion that organized the personnel walk in September has received a general officer’s reprimand memorandum and will retire, while the executive officer is at risk of going their separate ways, military officials said last month. . Other members of the unit were also punished.
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