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Maj. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves' Promotion Is Toast After Sweetheart' Comment

Maj. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves' Promotion Is Toast After Sweetheart' Comment
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By    |   Monday, 08 January 2018 10:04 AM

Maj. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves' promotion has been lost after his "sweetheart" comment to a Congressional staffer apparently cost him a star, according to Stars and Stripes.

Gonsalves reportedly called the staffer "sweetheart" in a meeting in October 2016, according to an Army Inspector General's report reviewed by Stars and Stripes that found he violated the Army Command Policy that requires treating other with "dignity and respect."

Gonsalves' nomination for a third star was withdrawn Nov. 27 after an anonymous complaint was received July 20 from a staffer in Rhode Island Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin's office, Stars and Stripes said.

The report contained comments from 10 other people who attended the meeting, which reportedly happened at Fort Carson, Colorado, the publication said.

Gonsalves led the 4th Infantry Division until August and was in contention to be the next commander of the U.S. Army Europe.

Some who commented in the report charged that Gonsalves acted in a "sexist, inappropriate, and unprofessional manner," taking issue with a female staffer's youth, and reportedly telling her take detailed notes "since she was a Democrat and did not believe in funding the military," the report said.

The report said, per Stars and Stripes, that at one point during the meeting, the female staffer passed a note to a colleague that read: "Did this guy really just call me sweetheart?" The report said that Gonsalves made another point about the staffer's "Democratic boss" understanding the military's needs, wrote Stars and Stripes.

Others quoted in the report defended Gonsalves, saying that the general acted professionally at the meeting.

The name of the staffer who claimed Gonsalves called her sweetheart was redacted from the report and Langevin declined to identify her in a comment to the Providence Journal.

"Now, more than ever, everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect," Langevin told the Journal in the statement. "As it is an ongoing personnel matter, I have no comment on the Army Inspector General's investigation."

Army spokeswoman April Cunningham told the Army Times last week that "appropriate administrative action was taken" against Gonsalves, after the report was completed but declined to say what that action was. He is currently serving as the special assistant to the commanding general, III Corps, at Fort Carson, Cunningham told the Army Times.

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