Panetta allows general to retire as 3-star

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Associated Press

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 2 at 8:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has permitted a three-star Army general accused of bullying subordinates to retire without a demotion in rank.

A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, says Lt. Gen. Patrick O'Reilly was placed on the retirement rolls Tuesday.

A Pentagon inspector general's investigation last year found that O'Reilly regularly yelled and screamed at subordinates, often in public, demeaned and belittled employees and behaved in such a way as to result in the departure of at least six senior staffers from the Missile Defense Agency during his time as its director.

Panetta determined that O'Reilly had met the basic standard for being allowed to retire without a loss in rank, which is that he "served satisfactorily" as a three-star.

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