Army Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, director of the Missile Defense Agency, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, December 2008. Photo: DVIDSHUB
Panetta Lets Ex-Missile Defense Chief Keep His Rank -- Bloomberg Businessweek
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta allowed the former director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to retire at his current rank rather than demoting him after the Pentagon’s inspector general criticized his management style.
Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly stepped down Nov. 19 as agency head and after 38 years of Army service, including four as a West Point cadet, at the three-star rank.
“Secretary Panetta has determined that LTG Patrick J. O’Reilly” served “satisfactorily in the grade of lieutenant general and should be retired at the grade,” Pentagon spokesman Navy Lieutenant Commander Nathan Christensen said today in an e- mailed statement.
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Update: 3 star general O’Reilly, accused of bullying, allowed to retire without demotion -- Washington Post/AP
My Comment: What's the point of having an Inspector General if his criticisms are ignored ... at least he got a reprimand in his file.