A 51-year-old Army colonel, currently in the Reserves, will appear in North Carolina’s Cumberland County District Court next week for misdemeanor child abuse charges from March.
Terry Dione Lindon, 51, of Fayetteville, was most recently a civil affairs colonel assigned to the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, according to Army Human Resources Command, but is in the process of retiring, according to Fayetteville Observer.
Lindon signed out of his unit at Fort Brag in April, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
Witness statements, given to the police, accuse Lindon of slamming his son’s face into the side of his truck in the parking lot of a Chick-fil-A restaurant on March 24. He is also accused of punching his son in the face three times.
Court documents state that Lindon’s son had bruising and red marks on the side of his face and on his left cheek.
Lindon received commission as an infantry officer through ROTC at Oklahoma State University in 1988, according to his biography.
In 2008, he deployed to Afghanistan with Combined Joint Task Force-101 as an interagency planner with the Integrated Civil Military Action Group at U.S. Embassy Kabul. He also served as chief of training for the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command and commander of 2nd Battalion, 1st Training Brigade during 2009.
According to his LinkedIn, he worked as a strategic planer for the Pakistan-Afghanistan Coordination Cell at the Pentagon from 2011 to 2013. From July of 2013 to May of this year he was the Deputy Director of the Special Operations Center of Excellence Institute for Military Support to Governance.
The U.S. Army originally established a School of Military Government (SoMG) in 1942 to train military officers for the many tasks associated with governing occupied territories.
In 2013 the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), in partnership with the Chief of the Army Reserve, directed the establishment of the Institute for Military Support to Governance (IMSG) in order to correct the functional specialty capability gap in USAR Civil Affairs units.
The Institute for Military Support to Governance facilitates the generation and sustainment of civil sector expertise required for Unified Action Military Support to Governance missions and activities by researching, analyzing, and informing associated policies, authorities, doctrine, education, and training through a collaborative effort with community of interest partners and stakeholders to enable Joint Force Commanders to execute transitional military authority and support to civil administration tasks.
Among his awards and decorations, Lindon has received the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Joint Service Medal.
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