Sergeant to face court-martial

A sexual abuse prevention noncommissioned officer accused of operating a prostitution ring will be court-martialed, post officials said Friday.

Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen faces 21 criminal charges, including pandering, adultery and sexual assault.

After considering all matters, including the recommendations of McQueen’s chain of command, the Article 32 investigating officer and his legal adviser, the convening authority, Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, moved the case ahead to trial, according to a statement from Fort Hood.

McQueen will face a military judge and at least five military court members acting as a jury. A trial date has not been set.

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Herald staff reports

GAO: Swap for U.S. soldier broke law

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration broke the law when it exchanged five Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for a captive U.S. soldier without giving Congress 30 days’ notice, according to an official review by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office.

The GAO released its opinion Thursday, saying the Defense Department violated the Defense Appropriations Act by failing to inform lawmakers about its plan to transfer detainees in a deal to free Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

The report also said the Pentagon ran afoul of the law by funding the prisoner swap with money not intended for that purpose. The Antideficiency Act prohibits agencies from spending congressional appropriations on unauthorized activities.

The Washington Post

Testimony wraps up at Fort Hood soldier’s hearing

An Article 32 hearing for Spc. Curtis Davis of the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command, wrapped up Aug. 20 amid a whirlwind of conflicting testimony.

Military prosecutors seek to charge Davis, 21, with attempted murder in connection with a June shooting in an on-post housing community. If convicted, Davis could face life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors also seek to charge Davis with conspiracy, violation of a lawful order, a false official statement, aggravated assault and general article.

An Article 32 hearing is a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to move forward with particular charges and a court-martial.

Courtney Griffin

Many steps left at Fort Hood a year after Hasan’s conviction

On Aug. 23, 2013, a military jury of 11 officers convicted former Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan of 13 counts of premeditated murder in connection with a horrific shooting at Fort Hood in November 2009.

Hasan was sentenced to death a few days later, and subsequently flown out of Bell County to the U.S. Detention Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

One year later, Hasan’s case has made little progression.

Fort Hood officials said there are many steps that need to be taken before the general court-martial’s convening authority can sign off on the case and move it forward.

“These steps include authentication of the record by the military judge, review by the staff judge advocate, and potential submission of clemency matters by the accused,” a Fort Hood spokesman said.

The statement also confirmed Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, will serve as the general court-martial’s convening authority for Hasan’s case.

While the process was slow moving, Shawn Manning said he is relieved the trial is over. The medically retired Army Reserve staff sergeant was shot six times by Hasan and testified during the court-martial.

“The positive thing has been since it’s over, we’re able to make plans and know that we don’t have this (looming) over our heads and have to do this,” said Manning, who now lives in Washington state.

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Chris McGuinness

3rd Cav soldier dies in Afghanistan

A 3rd Cavalry Regiment soldier died from a noncombat-related incident in Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced late Sunday.

Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, 26, of Eureka, Calif., died Friday, in Gardez, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.

He deployed in June with the regiment’s 1st Squadron.

Mulalley entered active-duty service in July 2006 as an infantryman. He joined the “Brave Rifles” in July 2013, according to Fort Hood officials.

Mulalley previously deployed to Iraq from March 2007 to December 2007 and Afghanistan from May 2009 to June 2010.

His awards and decorations include three Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge and Marksmanship Qualification Badge Expert with Rifle.

Rose L. Thayer

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