82nd Airborne Brigade Commander Relieved of Duties


The commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, has been relieved of his duties following an investigation into allegations of misconduct.

A statement released by Fort Bragg on Wednesday said Col. Patrick Hynes was removed by the Division Commanding General, Maj. Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr. because of a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

A spokesman for Fort Bragg couldn't be reached for comment.

Lt. Col. Albert Paquin, the commander of the 2-319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, will temporarily take command of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team. Before the investigation, the Army had already chosen Col. Joseph Ryan to succeed Col. Hynes as the brigade commander.

Ryan is scheduled to take command of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team in July.

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