Grafenwöhr commander relieved

Nov. 10, 2011

U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwöhr commander was relieved of command today by the U.S. Army Europe Deputy Commanding General.

Col. Avanulas Smiley was relieved by Maj. Gen. James Boozer. The decision to relieve Smiley was based on a loss of confidence in his ability to command as demonstrated by his inappropriate conduct. Smiley was suspended from command on Oct. 31 when allegations of inappropriate conduct were brought to the attention of the command's senior leadership.

“The U.S. Army is built on trust, and that trust must be re-earned every day through living our values,” said Boozer. “Without that trust, and without those values, we lose our privilege to lead.”

Ms. Kathy Aydt, USAG Grafenwöhr deputy commander, is the acting commander until a new commanding officer is assigned.