Defense Secretary Ash Carter fired Army Lt. Gen. Ron Lewis, a proven aide earlier in his career, on Thursday, after he found out of the allegations brought to Lewis, says Miami Herald.
Everybody should obey the law
Ash Carter informed the department’s inspector general of his decision, taken quite rapidly after the Defense secretary found out the misconduct allegations brought to Lewis. “’I expect the highest possible standards of conduct from the men and women in this department particularly from those serving in the most senior positions. There is no exception”, said Carter in a statement on Thursday, according tot the same source.
Ash Carter’s fast decision is surprising, if we take into consideration the fact that Carter and Lewis had a close professional relationship, with the Lt. Ge. serving as Carter’s military aide earlier in his career, including when he was the deputy secretary of defense.
After Carter obtained the Defense secretary position, he wanted Lewis by his side all the time, so he named him to move into the three-star aide job. But now it seems that is everybody for himself. Ash Carter also stated on Thursday that the Army is free to take any action it desires on Lewis after the investigation by the inspector general is finished.
No extra details about the causes were revealed
Defense officials did not gave away the allegations to the press, nor did Lewis made a statement thus far, but the same officials said that the Lt. Gen. was not arrested and no other investigating authorities are involved.
According to Miami Herald, Lewis is born and raised in Chicago and a graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He later did three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a one-star he served as the head of the Army’s public affairs office, until Carter named him as his senior aide.