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Army officer charged with multiple cases recommended for separation


A commission of inquiry into Lt. Col. Richard Kane Mansir – who has been accused of lying to and cheating on multiple women while still married to his wife, and phoning military awards and deployments to bolster his lies – recommended that he be separated with a general discharge, Task & Purpose has learned.

The commission of inquiry, which met on Monday, recommended that Mansir be separated with a general characterization of the service, according to an army official who spoke on condition of anonymity. A Board of Inquiry is an administrative procedure in which officers senior in rank to the officer in question review the allegations and findings of the investigation and make recommendations on whether or not to retain the officer.

The discharge would allow Mansir to retain his VA benefits, but ultimately prevent him from retiring. While a general discharge is “considered ‘good paper,'” according to the Army, “a discharge under general conditions may result in loss of GI Bill benefits and Civil Service Retirement Credit.”

Lt. Col. Randy Ready, spokesperson for the US Army Center for Initial Military Training at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., confirmed that the council “concluded its work and made its recommendations.” These recommendations will now be sent to the Army Human Resources Command for decision.

“As the board proceedings are not complete until the HRC has made a final decision, no further details will be released due to Lt. Col. Mansir’s confidentiality interests as the matter is still ongoing. “, said Ready.

Soldiers and NCOs compete in the Division Soldier/NCO of the Quarter competition, March 9, 2022, at Fort Drum, New York. (US Army/Sgt. Josue Patricio)

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Mansir’s actions were first revealed by The Daily Beast last year, which reported that the civil affairs officer based at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., was engaged and expecting a child with a woman. , while being engaged to another woman and still married. to his 18-year-old wife, with whom he has three children. As reported by The Daily Beast, he had serious relationships with at least six women for five years while he was married.

He also allegedly lied about deployments and military awards and decorations, even going so far as to provide a woman with false deployment orders and claiming to have received the Silver Star. According to his military record, Mansir served in the 91st Civil Affairs Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and Army Special Operations Command. He was deployed twice to Afghanistan, in 2011 and 2012, and served in Mali, Kuwait and Germany, although his file does not provide details.

Among his military awards and decorations are the Bronze Star, the Joint Service Medal of Honor, four Meritorious Service Medals and three Army Medals of Honor. He doesn’t have a Silver Star, according to his file, but in the grand scheme of things, the Silver Star is just one thread in a complex web of lies that Mansir has been accused of spinning.

Chelsea Curnutt, who was engaged and had a child with Mansir, told The Daily Beast that, in retrospect, there were things about their relationship that seemed wrong, but he always explained. In one instance, she recalled finding a video of Mansir online, in which he was talking about a girl he had never told Curnutt about. When questioned, Mansir said his daughter had died.

Army officer charged with multiple affairs and bogus deployments recommended for separation
The oath of office is projected on a screen behind an ROTC cadet as he takes the oath. (Ken Scar/US Army)

In another instance, after the couple decided to move in together, Mansir told Curnutt he was suddenly deployed. She had already been to their new townhouse in Virginia and he was due to follow her shortly, but just two months before he planned to move, he called her from Kuwait, The Daily Beast reported. He said he didn’t know how long he would be deployed.

Four months later, in August, Curnutt saw his jeep near the army post, and although he initially denied it was his car, she saw him again a few days later. . He “played like he was trying to surprise me after the deployment,” Curnutt told The Daily Beast.

“He did his typical thing of putting me down, making me feel like I was crazy, and then [saying,] “I love you, everything will be fine, don’t think about it too much,” she said. In September 2021, Mansir was relieved of command of U.S. Army Support Activity Fort Eustis following an Army investigation that substantiated the allegations against him.

In a statement to Task & Purpose on Thursday, Curnutt urged fellow service members to “report instances of abuse of power and wrongdoing when they actually occur,” and said Mansir’s business isn’t even the main problem of his case. His “duty to uphold the law while leading others, while being so easily willing to break it himself, is the biggest issue here,” she said.

“In the long run, his behaviors will affect more than the people he served with,” Curnutt said. “There are children who will be greatly affected by his behaviors as a father and to see someone do these things and disregard these repercussions is really sad. I hope it brings everyone he is with contacted a little peace.

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