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Army removes two-star general at Fort Lee amid investigation

A Change of Command Ceremony at Fort Lee, Va. (U.S. Army Fort Lee/Facebook)

The general in charge of training for the Army’s sustainment and logistics programs has been relieved of duty and is the subject of an official investigation, defense officials said Thursday.

Maj. Gen. Paul C. Hurley was fired as the commander of Fort Lee in Virginia by Gen. Stephen Townsend, the commander of Army Training and Doctrine Command, due to a “loss of confidence in his ability to effectively command,” Army Col. Michael Indovina, a TRADOC spokesman, said in a prepared statement. Hurley was also dismissed as commander of the Army’s Combined Arms Support Command.

It was not immediately clear Thursday what sparked the investigation into Hurley or what the general has been accused of doing. Indovina, who confirmed the investigation, said he could not provide further comment.

Army Brig. Gen. Douglas McBride Jr. has temporarily replaced Hurley to lead the command, Indovina said. McBride has been serving as the commandant of the Quartermaster School at Fort Lee.

Combined Arms Support Command oversees training and develops policy for the Army’s logistics corps. It includes the Army’s Ordnance Corps and School, the Quartermaster School, the Transportation Corps and Transportation School, U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute and Army Logistics University.

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Hurley took command of the Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee in May 2017. He was commissioned into the Army in 1986 and has served deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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