National Guard infantry commander sacked for sending “inappropriate text messages”

On July 15, 2021 U.S Army Coronel Scott Desormeaux presents coins to Soldiers of the 256th Infantry Brigade Louisiana National Guard. The presenting of the coin is a time honored tradition that carries on as a way in which leadership recognizes service members for outstanding work, to boost morale and gives sense of belonging. (U.S. Army photo by SFC Ernest Henderson)

The Louisiana National Guard has canned the commander of its 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, following allegations of sending inappropriate text messages to other servicemembers.

Louisiana Army National Guard officials confirmed that Maj. Gen. D. Keith Waddell removed Col. Scott Desormeaux from his role as commander of the state’s Tiger Brigade on Wednesday.

The Tiger Brigade, also known as the 256th Combat Team, is based out of the historic Jackson Barracks in New Orleans.

According to the Army Times, the nature of the texts are unknown at this time, but Army officials stated that they breached regulations regarding the conduct of officers.

Desormeaux was on active duty in the National Guard and therefore had a full-time pay salary while overseeing Jackson Barracks.

In addition to his full-time overseer duties, Desormeaux also had commanded the infantry brigade in a part-time capacity.

In recent years, the brigade served in several locations, including Iraq, Syria, and along the US-Mexico border.

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