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Army reportedly dishes out delayed punishment to Green Beret over Niger ambush | Task and Purpose

Army reportedly dishes out delayed punishment to Green Beret over Niger ambush | Task and Purpose

A senior Special Forces officer has been pulled from his leadership role in a security force assistance brigade which was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan later this month, apparently over his involvement in the 2017 Niger ambush, Politico reports.

Lt. Col. David Painter had been twice cleared of wrongdoing, per Politico. But his recent removal from his duties as battalion commander of 2nd Battalion, 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade came after then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis “expressed dissatisfaction” with the investigations that ultimately cleared him.

Security Force Assistance Command spokeswoman Maj. Christina Wright confirmed to Task & Purpose that Painter was replaced with Lt. Col. Matthew Tucker in a ceremony on January 26, weeks before the unit deploys to Afghanistan.

Source: Army reportedly dishes out delayed punishment to Green Beret over Niger ambush | Task and Purpose

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