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Fort Hood command sergeant reinstated after inquiry found he did not use 'unprofessional language'

The U.S. Army Forces Command said Command Sgt. Maj. Arthur "Cliff" Burgoyne's language was 'not unprofessional' and 'did not exhibit counterproductive leadership.'
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FORT HOOD, Texas — A Fort Hood command sergeant major will be reinstated after an investigation concluded that he did not use "unprofessional language" after allegations surfaced that he did, according to a release from Fort Hood.

Command Sgt. Maj. Arthur "Cliff" Burgoyne was temporarily suspended last month after allegations that he used language "inconsistent with Army values" arose. The U.S. Army Forces Command conducted the investigation into the claims.

Having concluded the investigation Friday, Jan. 22, the U.S. Army Forces Command found that the language he used was "not unprofessional" and "did not exhibit counterproductive leadership," the Fort Hood release said. 

"Putting people first includes holding our leaders to a high standard," Gen. Michael X. Garrett, commanding general of FORSCOM said. "Command Sgt. Maj. Burgoyne is a tough leader who cares about every soldier in his formation. I have faith in his leadership, and I know his soldiers are his top priority."

Command Sgt. Maj. Burgoyne will resume his duties at III Corps and Fort Hood now that the investigation is over.

A  previous news release concerning the suspension from U.S. Army Forces Command said the alleged "unprofessional language" was used toward subordinates. 

According to Fort Hood, the suspension and investigation are not associated with any prior or ongoing investigations related to III Corps units.

"A suspension is a temporary removal, often pending the results of an investigation and is not punitive in nature," the release explained. 

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