September 2010

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Army Col Robert Saum

Army Col. Robert Saum Photo: U.S. Department of Defense

DOD Says Brain Injury Office Chief is Reassigned

Anne Flaherty and Richard Lardner
The Associated Press
September 23, 2010

The Army officer in charge of overseeing treatment for troops suffering from brain injuries and psychological trauma has been reassigned until an internal investigation into his management of the office is completed, a senior Pentagon official said Thursday.

Col. Robert Saum is being replaced as acting director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, the official said. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Saum has been accused by an office employee of unwanted sexual advances and creating a hostile workplace. The Pentagon inspector general is investigating.

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For additional information on this story, refer to the links below:

Pentagon Investigating Director of Psychological Centers of Excellence nextgov, September 22, 2010

Gov’t to Set up Panel to Ease Burden on Okinawa


The Mainchi Daily News (Kyodo)
September 7, 2010

The government plans to set up a panel, probably later this month, to discuss with the Okinawa prefectural government how to ease the burden on the prefecture from the concentrated presence of U.S. military bases, sources familiar with the matter said Monday.

The central government is planning to establish the panel due to strong local opposition to the Japan-U.S. agreement on the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station within the prefecture, the sources said.

To read the full story at The Mainchi Daily News, click here.

For additional information on this issue, refer to the links below:

EDITORIAL: Futenma relocation plan  Asahi Shimbun, August 5, 2010