Head of Walter Reed Relieved of Duties

Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman was relieved of his duties Wednesday after a series of reports exposed poor living conditions and bureaucratic gridlock at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

WASHINGTON, March 1 — The head of Walter Reed Army Medical Center has been relieved of command after reports disclosed poor living conditions and bureaucratic problems endured by soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Army said today that Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman, the commanding general of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and the medical center, was relieved on Wednesday by Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey.

The general was informed that “the senior Army leadership had lost trust and confidence in the commander’s leadership abilities to address needed solutions for soldier outpatient care” at Walter Reed, the Army said.
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