Army Commander of JBLM Hospital Removed Over Undisclosed Allegations

Col. Christopher Warner at Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Col. Christopher Warner addresses the audience during a change-of-command ceremony for Madigan Army Medical Center Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash. (John Wayne Liston/U.S. Army)

The Army has fired the commander of Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington after the completion of an investigation into undisclosed allegations against him.

Col. Christopher Warner, who has been suspended from the job since Oct. 5, was "officially relieved" March 1 by Lt. Gen. Randy George, commander of I Corps, Lt. Col. Neil Penttila said in an Army statement.

George ordered the investigation "when allegations came to light in late September 2020 that were unrelated to Madigan, its personnel, or JBLM," Penttilla said.

Penttilla would not release further details about the allegations against Warner because of privacy concerns.

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Col. Scott Roofe is serving as the acting Madigan commander and will continue in that capacity, according to Penttilla said in the statement.

On Wednesday, 10th Mountain Division Maj. Gen. Brian J. Mennes fired the Fort Drum, New York unit's 1st Brigade Combat Team commander for alleged misconduct.

Col. J.T. Eldridge was relieved "due to a loss in trust in his ability to command." Fort Drum officials would not discuss the allegations against Eldridge but said they were not connected to an equal opportunity complaint, allegations of sexual misconduct or a toxic work environment.

Lt. Col. Dwight Towler, commander of the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, is assuming command of the 1st BCT until a permanent replacement has been chosen.

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