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Report: Former Brigade Commander Led Double Life of Adultery, Swinging

FILE -- Brig. Gen. David Haight speaks during a departure ceremony at Marshall Auditorium, Nov. 6, 2013. (Ashley Cross/Army)
FILE -- Brig. Gen. David Haight speaks during a departure ceremony at Marshall Auditorium, Nov. 6, 2013. (Ashley Cross/Army)

A former top official in the 10th Mountain Division will have his Army career end in disgrace, as details emerged about a secret swinger lifestyle and lengthy affair.

A new report from USA Today showed Maj. Gen. David B. Haight carried on an affair for more than 10 years, and traveled to sex swinger events with the woman in places like Baltimore, Tampa and Atlanta, where Gen. Haight was nearly recognized.

Gen. Haight served as commander of the division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team from June 2007 to April 2010, which included a lengthy deployment in Afghanistan, and also served as deputy regional commanding general in Regional Command-East, Afghanistan from 2013 to 2014.

The affair was discovered in 2015, when anonymous tips about Gen. Haight's behavior were sent to the Pentagon's inspector general.

The general, at the time the director of operations for U.S. European Command, received a letter of reprimand, and put him in a placeholder job pending a decision on which rank he last served honorably.

"I am truly sorry for the pain I have caused my wife and family," Gen. Haight told the newspaper. "On their behalf, I ask that their privacy be respected during this difficult time."

Gen. Haight would have been eligible for a retirement of about $123,000 per year had he kept a clean record.

A demotion to colonel could drop his retirement pay to about $98,000 annually. 

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