Ronald Lewis, a former Maj. General in the U.S. Army, will be demoted and retire as a brigadier general after he used a government credit card to pay for bills at strip clubs in both Rome and South Korea.
Cynthia Smith, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Army, told NBC that the Pentagon’s inspector general verified that Lewis, who was the senior military assistant to former Defense Secretary Ash Carter, will be demoted to the position of Brigadier General after it was discovered he used government credit cards for his visits to international strip clubs, made false statements, and “engaged in conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman on multiple occasions.”
Lewis had reached the three-star rank of lieutenant general, but he was demoted to major general when Carter fired him more than a year ago after an investigation uncovered that Lewis had misused a government credit card and had become involved in an extramarital relationship.
Federal law states that military officers can retire only with the benefits of the rank they last served “satisfactorily” — a call the secretary of the Army makes for major generals and brigadier generals.
“In this case, the Secretary determined that Maj. Gen. Lewis’ highest grade of satisfactory service was as a Brigadier General,” Smith said.
Tough way to end your military career.