Col. Michael Schoenfeldt, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division commander was relieved of his duties effective April 8.

A Fort Hood brigade commander has been relieved of duties, post officials said Thursday.

Col. Michael Schoenfeldt, commander of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, was relieved of duties, effective immediately, because of a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to command, Fort Hood officials said in a news release.

Schoenfeldt had been under investigation after allegations of toxic leadership and violating coronavirus quarantines.

“The relief was based on poor judgment demonstrated by Col. Schoenfeldt while in command,” the release said.

First Cavalry’s 1st Brigade is one of Fort Hood’s biggest units, with about 3,700 troops.

The brigade deployed in November to Europe for Operation Atlantic Resolve, and is still there. The deployment was scheduled to be for nine months.

Schoenfeldt departed Germany for Texas in February because of unspecified health reasons, division officials said.

Findings of the investigation included Schoenfeldt “engaging in bullying” and “counterproductive leadership” as defined by Army regulations, the release said.

The actions were recurrent and did not have a harmful impact on the brigade’s mission, but they did have a harmful impact on the morale of his subordinates, Fort Hood officials said.

Schoenfeldt has been reassigned within the division performing administrative duties, the release said.

Schoenfeldt became 1st Brigade’s commander in April 2019. He is a former commander of the brigade’s 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment.


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Is time to take actions on rank reductions to those officers

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