Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sky Soldiers Commander Relieved for Inappropriate Relationship with an Iraqi, Investigation Reveals

The Stars and Stripes reports on the Army investigation into Col. James H. Johnson III.  The investigation alleges that the former commander of the 173rd Airborne Brigade misused government resources, filed fraudulent travel vouchers and had “an inappropriate relationship” with the wife of his cultural adviser. The Stars and Stripes received a copy of the 15-6 investigation.  The article claims the investigation "paints a picture of a warrior infatuated with an Iraqi national who, besides being married to his cultural adviser, assisted him at times as a translator." Army officials began investigating Johnson in January after his wife sent an email to authorities.  In the email she claimed her husband was having “an adulterous affair with an Iraqi woman that he met while in Iraq” in 2005-06. The couple is now apparently going through a divorce in New York.  Johnson was relieved of command of the brigade March 25.  Johnson is accused of misusing government resources and filing false travel vouchers to perpetuate the relationship with the woman.  He apparently made trips to the Netherlands, where the woman lives with her husband.  Johnson is currently stationed at USAREUR. 

Previous NIMJ coverage of this case is here and here.