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Army leader suspended over alleged insensitivity

By Associated Press
Published On: Apr 22 2014 01:25:04 PM CDT
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

A Fort Carson commander who wasn't allowed to leave for Afghanistan with his troops last month was briefly suspended over allegations that he was insensitive to victims of sexual assault and discrimination.

The Gazette reported the details of the allegations against Col. Brian Pearl Tuesday based on a report obtained under the Federal Freedom of Information Act. It's the first time the reasons for his suspension have been revealed.
    
He was suspended after three officers alleged he made insensitive comments during a meeting of female soldiers he called to address sexual assault and harassment reports. The investigation found that bulk of the soldiers who were there praised their leader.
    
Fort Carson announced March 11 that Pearl was cleared and allowed to join the 4th Brigade Combat Team in Kandahar.

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