Our Army generals are supposed to be some of the most trustworthy and reliable people in the country. After all, they are responsible for national security issues, and for keeping people safe from threats such as terror attacks.
People just assume that these generals are upstanding people, with stronger moral compasses than most. However, when a Major general from the armed forces was caught living a strange double life, some uncomfortable questions needed to be answered…
The Major General in this story was a highly respected man and a very decorated soldier. Having been posted all around the world, the Major served his country with honor and respect..Or so everyone assumed. Having served across the world, this man had seen a lot of action.
In 2005, the Major was posted to Iraq and given the less-than-glamorous job of handling and processing the remains of American combat fatalities. It certainly wasn’t a job that anyone would want, but the Major was a man of much experience, and could be considered a man who had a thick skin…
According to his four adult children, as well as just about everyone who worked with him, the Major was a terrific kind of guy. Tall and astute, always looking immaculate in his uniform, with a handsome amount of badges and honors to boot. People who worked with him, said the Major had a “terrific smile.”
The posting to Iraq was tough, even for a man like this with all his experience. Seeing death daily, and dealing with the gory remains of young American soldiers and others most likely took its toll on the Major. And the stifling dessert heat in Iraq made life unbearable in the summer…
He may have been a married man but he put his country first. Having been posted abroad for years, the Major, and his wife back home, grew used to being apart, and also grew familiar with being independent and alone. While in Iraq, the Major met 49-year-old Jennifer Armstrong who was a US government worker on assignment in Iraq. The two got along well, and there was no denying the chemistry between them.
When Jennifer met Major David Haight, she was smitten immediately, and the two had a clear connection which went beyond official US government business. After meeting him for the first time, Jennifer sent an email over, and it’s tone was more than a little flirtatious…
Jennifer was attracted to David, and it was hard for her to hide that fact, especially being so isolated over there in the middle east. While Jennifer loved the Major’s smile, she was more impressed with what she called his “hard part,” that side of him that was toughened and rough around the edges from all the conflict and death he had witnessed.
Late Night Trysts
Numerous Emails detailed late night meetings between David and Jennifer, although they also revealed a whole lot more. Not only were the two romantically involved; There were a bunch of other people in the picture too. And you can take that literally. When the pair finished their service in Iraq, they returned as a casual couple to Baltimore, even though David was still married.
You may have picked up on the gist of where this little story is headed by now. You guessed it, the Major was a Swinger, and Jennifer was his partner in crime. The pair would meet other couples for late night fun, as well as bringing single women to join them. They also attended a number of Swingers clubs and often ended up leaving with other people to spend the night.
More To It
It wasn’t just late night meetings though, as this couple seemed to care deeply about each other. A handwritten letter was located showing that David cared a lot about his partner as he encouraged Jennifer with her fight against breast cancer. This was more than just a physical relationship but how deep did it go?
According to all accounts, the couple engaged in Swinging activities for at least a year, where they met with other people on a regular basis. At one point, a friend suggested the couple attend a Swingers club, and that’s where things began to really happen. Sordid parties at Jennifer’s house were also a common thing, with Jennifer describing those encounters as meetings of “non-emotional intimacy.”
Caught In The Act
It was only a matter of time, as these things always come out in the end. As the couple became a little complacent, David’s secret was discovered and the details sent to David’s bosses. Despite that, Jennifer stood by him, telling reporters that she loved the Major, “I gave him the best years of my life,” she said.
For his part, David had to speak out and release a statement. His job was very much on the line and he was looking at the possibility of a dishonorable discharge which would have been devastating for a man of this stature. In a statement, David said, “I am truly sorry for the pain I have caused my wife and family. On their behalf, I ask that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.”
It’s not that folks care so much about what people like David get up to after hours and between the sheets. It’s all about things like espionage and blackmail which got the Generals’ backs up. A man like David, in a position such as his, cannot leave himself open to blackmail in any way. Just think if a country like Russia would have gotten hold of David’s emails. That could prove to be a big issue, so something had to be done…
If you think that Maj. Gen. David Haight is the only man in the armed forces who engages in this kind of behavior you would be mistaken. Take for example, the case where Defense Secretary Ash Carter fired his senior military adviser, Army Lt. Gen. Ron Lewis for allegations of personal misconduct. That is high level stuff, and it was also because of an affair.
Ever since graduating from the Army ROTC program at Brigham Young University, David went on to command elite platoons and battalions in Panama, Iraq and Afghanistan. When 2009 came around, David was in eastern Afghanistan commanding the illustrious 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division. But all that war glory was at an abrupt end now…
At the time, David was interviewed on camera by various media outlets, where he spoke about how much he loved his wife Bonnie. We “provided well and raised our four fabulous children that have all been successful contributors to society,” David said. “They turned out to be much better children than I was a father.” The fact that David made out nothing was going on and that he was a loving husband to his wife wasn’t fooling anyone.
As a result of his callous actions, Maj.Gen. David Haight was stripped of three ranks, according to Army Secretary Eric Fanning. Losing the lieutenant colonel rank will cost Haight a cool $43,000 per year in pension pay, and that’s not to mention the shame and loss of face he has suffered…
According to Haight’s attorney, Army Lt. Col. Sara Root, the Major “deeply regrets” the pain he has caused, noting that he has always been totally loyal and dedicated to his country, “He’s 100% devoted to his country,” Root said. “He has sacrificed a lot for his country. He’s not a threat to his country and would never do anything to harm it.”
No Harm Done
Even if Major Haight’s actions were considered immoral by some people, especially considering his position in the army, no actual harm was done. Apart from cheating on his wife, which is certainly questionable activity, no sensitive intelligence secrets were revealed or leaked, despite that potential threat. The fact that David Haight was all but dishonorably discharged, and had his pension seriously cut, is more than enough punishment for a man who otherwise served the American people well.