Command Sgt. Maj. Cliff Burgoyne, then 82nd Airborne Division command sergeant major, gives remarks during the 82nd Abn. Div. Change of Command and Change of Responsibility Ceremony on Fort Bragg, N.C., July 10, 2020. Burgoyne, now Fort Hood's top enlisted soldier, was suspended in December pending an investigation. (Alexander Burnett/Army)
Command Sgt. Maj. Cliff Burgoyne, then 82nd Airborne Division command sergeant major, gives remarks during the 82nd Abn. Div. Change of Command and Change of Responsibility Ceremony on Fort Bragg, N.C., July 10, 2020. Burgoyne, now Fort Hood’s top enlisted soldier, was suspended in December pending an investigation. (Alexander Burnett/Army)

AUSTIN, Texas — The senior enlisted soldier at Fort Hood was suspended Friday while the Army investigates allegations of unprofessional behavior inconsistent with the values of the service, according to base officials.

Lt. Gen. Pat White, commander of III Corps and Fort Hood, issued the temporary suspension of Command Sgt. Maj. Arthur “Cliff” Burgoyne, the senior noncommissioned officer of III Corps and Fort Hood, according to a news release from Army Forces Command, known as FORSCOM.

FORSCOM will conduct an investigation into the allegations.

“We will wait for a full accounting of the facts and will not presuppose any findings or outcomes,” said Col. Myles B. Caggins III, spokesman for III Corps.

The suspension was not related to a recent report about Fort Hood that found the command climate and culture at the Texas Army base had significant faults, particularly related to sexual harassment and assault, according to a military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Following the report’s release, the Army fired or suspended 14 Fort Hood leaders.

The allegation is related to a specific incident where the language that Burgoyne used to address subordinates did not meet the standards expected of a corps-level command sergeant major, the military official said.

Burgoyne’s suspension is a “temporary removal” and “not punitive in nature,” according to base officials. The new investigation triggered by the allegations against him is unrelated to ongoing investigations sparked by the disappearance and death of Spc. Vanessa Guillen, who was killed April 22 by a fellow soldier, according to base officials.

The investigation is expected to be completed next month, the military official said.

Burgoyne, who came to Fort Hood after serving as the senior NCO of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, has deployed three times each to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to his official biography.

He joined the Army in September 1986 with the Louisiana National Guard and entered active duty at Fort Hood, Texas, in December 1992. His awards include two Legions of Merit, three Bronze Star medals and a Ranger tab.

BYRAM, N.J. — A Fort Drum soldier and a 16-year-old boy have been charged in the murder and kidnapping of a 20-year-old soldier found buried under snow in northern New Jersey.

Pvt. Jamaal Mellish and the 16-year-old boy, whose identity has not been released, were charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, second-degree weapons charges in the death of Cpl. Hayden Harris, the New Jersey Herald reported. Harris’ body was found in Byram Township, according to the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Harris, of Guys, Tennessee, had been stationed at Fort Drum in New York since July 2019. Family friend Claire Hallissy said Harris was known in his hometown as “Opie” for his red hair, his infectious smile and his one passion: to join the U.S. Army.

Township firefighters discovered Harris with a gunshot wound to his head on Dec. 19, a day after he was reported missing from Fort Drum. Firefighters were on their annual Santa ride through the township when they discovered the scene.

The Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office coordinated with the Army and New York officials to bring charges.

Mellish is being held in military custody in Oneida County, New York. The 16-year-old suspect is being held in a juvenile detention facility, the prosecutor’s office said. No additional information was released on the teen.

First Assistant Prosecutor Greg Muller said that Mellish has not yet been extradited and does not have an attorney listed in New Jersey as of Tuesday.

A U.S. Navy chief faces criminal charges for allegedly attempting to record female service members earlier this year in Bahrain, according to a charge sheet obtained by Navy Times.

Chief Boatswain’s Mate Douglas R. Lusk, of Maritime Expeditionary Squadron 3, is accused of attempting to record the women in a private area without their consent from March to June at Naval Support Activity Bahrain.

Lusk was scheduled for a special court-martial arraignment Thursday in San Diego, according to the Navy Region Southwest docket.

His Navy defense attorney declined to comment, according to Lt. Cmdr. Amber Lewis, a spokeswoman with Navy Expeditionary Combat Command.

A California native, Lusk enlisted in 1996 and made chief in 2009, according to his service record.

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A fortune telling couple out of Savannah, Georgia, received federal prison sentences over charges that the husband tried to coerce minors for sex and his wife tried to cover it up.

Staff Sgt., 38, pleaded guilty to attempting to coerce a minor into sexual activity and has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Soldier must still face a military court-martial at Fort Stewart, which is set to start early next year. His wife, 35, was already sentenced in October to nearly six years in prison after pleading guilty to tampering with a victim or witness.

The alleged interactions with minors took place between 2017 and spring 2019 over the internet and through cellphones, federal prosecutors stated.

His wife also went by the alias “Loretta Lightningbolt.” The couple lived in the Savannah area and had a modest online following thanks to their tarot card readings and mystic pursuits.

From March to September 2019, the wife attempted to persuade an unidentified victim that the sexual assaults they reported were “merely ‘psychic visions’ or ‘dreams,’” rather than the victim’s actual experiences, according to an indictment that offers few other details.

She attempted to dissuade the victim from providing information to Army Criminal Investigation Command agents who were pursuing the allegations, the indictment stated. Her husband’s indictment provided no further information.

“It takes tremendous bravery for a victim to come forward, particularly when that victim is a child,” Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, said in a statement regarding the sentencing. “She further victimized this child by attempting to persuade the victim that it had all been a dream, when she knew she was compounding the child’s nightmarish victimization.”

It was not clear in the court records why the soldier was sentenced for attempted coercion of a minor, while his wife’s indictment stated that she attempted to dissuade the reporting of a sexual assault.

However,  the Ft. Hood soldier’s court-martial charges relate to multiple minor victims, according to federal prosecutors.

Calls placed at a phone number listed for the couple were not returned. The couple denied the charges against them during tarot card readings and through social media posts in the fall of 2019.

As an active duty member of the Army, the soldier was also charged with seven violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 120(b), rape and sexual assault of a child.

A military case docket will be held at Fort Stewart and his general court-martial convening authority will be from 3rd Infantry Division, which is based there. The trial is scheduled for Feb. 1.

The soldier will also have to pay $100,000 each in restitution to two minor victims and, after completion of his prison term, will be required to serve 15 years of supervised release and register as a sex offender, a Justice Department release stated. There is no parole in the federal system.

“This prison sentence punishes him for his conduct and serves as a clear warning to those considering similar abhorrent conduct that Army CID, and our federal law enforcement partners will fully investigate such allegations and seek incarceration and restitution,” said Chris Grey, spokesman for Army Criminal Investigation Command, in a statement.

The cases were investigated by federal agents from the FBI and Army.