Rewards of an affair: Demotion and retirement for swinger Army Gen. David Haight

 30-year veteran David Haight demoted from a two-star general to a lieutenant colonel
Haight was pulled off duty at U.S. European Command earlier this year
DOD officials felt ‘swinger lifestyle’ left him open to blackmail
Demotion came before his retirement, cutting his pension by a third
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Gen. David Haight: Extramarital affair, misuse of resources led to his demotion from two-star general to lieutenant colonel before his retirement
The Army general fired after an investigation into his “swinger lifestyle” has suffered a major demotion as a result of his indiscretions.
Gen. David Haight was pulled off duty at U.S. European Command earlier this year after officials learned of visits to swingers’ clubs and a sex life left him open to blackmail.
He will now be demoted from a two-star general to a lieutenant colonel and his annual pension will drop from $122,000 to $79,800.
David Haight, the highly decorated combat vet and fast rising career officer also led a double life. He had an 11-year affair and a “swinger lifestyle” of swapping sexual partners that put him at risk of blackmail and espionage, according to interviews and documents.  Jennifer Armstrong, 49, a government employee, said she and Haight, a married father of four, had been involved in the torrid love affair that began more than 10 years ago in Baghdad and ended this spring, badly.
Haight met Armstrong while on a combat tour in Iraq and returned home to lead a lifestyle of swapping sexual partners, according to documents and interviews.
The military commander’s secret was discovered after an anonymous caller to the Pentagon. Gen David Haight was investigated by the Army inspector general, who issued a report in April, and fired him in May from his job running operations and plans at U.S. European Command, the Pentagon’s front-line bulwark against Russia.
He was called from European duty back to Washington. The outcome of an internal investigation was a reprimand and reassignment to a placeholder job subsequent to retirement.
The extramarital affair which is in direct contravention to military ethics, put Haight at risk of blackmail and espionage, particularly in his sensitive post in Europe, where Russian military aggression and spying are growing concerns, government officials,  according to government sources.David Haight and Jennifer Armstrong1.jpg

David Haight and Jennifer Armstrong, the woman who claimed to be his mistress for the past 11 years. Armstrong’s retribution ultimately ended his career  

Adultery is a violation of the Army’s Uniform Code of Military Justice, and investigators found that the general misused government resources when using his phone and email to contact Armstrong.
A board of his peers reviewed Haight’s conduct and determined that lieutenant colonel was the last rank in which he had served satisfactorily. The demotion will cost him nearly $43,000 per year in pension pay.
Meanwhile, Army Lt. Col. Sara Root, an attorney for David Haight, contended that his sex life did not affect his duties as a soldier and that he had never been approached by spies trying to blackmail him.

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