Women testify Fort Bliss colonel sexually harassed them while he was their commander in Afghanistan
A colonel described by friendly witnesses as “old Army” listened during his court-martial on Tuesday as women testified he had sexually harassed them in 2010 while commanding a combat hospital in Afghanistan.
Col. Michael Robertson commanded Fort Bliss’ 31st Combat Support Hospital at Camp Dwyer, a military base and airfield in the Helmand River Valley used by U.S. Marines. It was described as austere, with tent structures, cots for beds and latrine toilets. The hospital, which was built by the unit’s soldiers, is credited with saving numerous lives, because it is close to an area known for persistent and intense fighting.
Fort Bliss officials refused to provide information on the charges filed against Robertson. However, an online court docket said he was facing one charge of failure to obey order or regulation, three charges of cruelty and maltreatment, seven charges of assault, 16 unspecified charges that fall under the category of prejudicing good order and discipline, and other charges.
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Before noon today, a military judge began deliberating the fate of Col. Michael Robertson, a Fort Bliss solider accused of sexual harassment.
Second Update [same link]:
Col. Michael Robertson, a Fort Bliss solider accused of sexual harassment was convicted by a military judge of sexually harassing three women and assaulting five others.