Suspension of US Army War College commander linked to complaint of improper touching

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A sexual harassment complaint filed by a civilian army employee led to Major General Stephen Maranian’s suspension from his duties as Commander of the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks.

The root cause of Maranian’s suspension was first reported Thursday by Task & Purpose, an online medium dedicated, in its own words, to “inform, engage, entertain and defend active duty military personnel, veterans and their families.”

According to his report, Maranian, 54, is accused of abusive sexual contact with an army civilian, and a military protection order was issued against him on February 9, the day his suspension from War College was announced. The order is the military equivalent of an abuse protection order in the Pennsylvania court system.

Task & Purpose quoted Col. Cathy Wilkinson, the military’s media relations chief, as confirming that Maranian has been suspended for “an allegation of improper touching.”

Wilkinson said the allegation was being investigated by officers from the US Army Criminal Investigations Command, and added: “These are allegations at the moment and Major General Maranian is presumed innocent until now. ‘proof to the contrary. “

PennLive’s attempts to reach Maranian were not immediately successful.

Maranian was installed as a commander at Army War College in July. The War College serves to provide strategic thinking training to senior officers in the military, other branches of the military, and the armed services of America’s foreign allies. Students are generally considered to be candidates for leadership positions in the military.

The incident in question “has nothing to do with its current position,” the army had already confirmed.

Major General David C. Hill, Deputy Commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers, has resumed Maranian’s duties in the meantime.

According to his military biography, Maranian was commissioned in 1988 as a field artillery second lieutenant. He fought in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, in addition to touring five other countries.

Prior to arriving at Carlisle Barracks, the Bucknell graduate had served as a deputy commander at Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

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