According to reports, the Army has suspended a former three-star general who was also a Silver Star recipient after a tweet that was sarcastic to Jill Biden.
USA Today first reported Saturday that the Army has suspended retired Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky from his contract mentoring soldiers and put him “under investigation” after a snarky tweet to Jill Biden.
Biden tweeted on June 24, 2022:
For nearly 50 years, women have had the right to make our own decisions about our bodies. This right has been taken from us today. We will not allow this injustice to ruin our lives. As the progress that we’ve made slips by, we won’t sit still.
For nearly 50 years, women have had the right to make our own decisions about our bodies.
Today this right was taken from us.
We will not let this injustice stop us. As the progress that we’ve made slips by, we won’t be silent.
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) June 24, 2022
Volesky responded to her tweet: “Glad that you finally understand what a man is .”
His joke was in reference Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s refusal to define “a woman” during her nomination hearing. This led to mocking by Republicans.
The tweet caused outrage among woke veterans on Twitter and military personnel.
Army Lieutenant General Theodore Martin is a commander at the Combined Arms Center and frequently communicates with these members via Twitter. According to the report, he suspended Volesky pending an investigation’s outcome.
Volesky was awarded the third-highest honor in military valor for combat in Iraq as a commander. According to USA Today ., he had served as a “senior tutor” to military staff, senior officers and students who participated in war games.
The Army has been far less strict about soldiers who are currently in service and tweet politically-charged sentiments.
Breitbart News recently reported that some soldiers had questioned the validity of their oaths regarding enlistment, loyalty and the country’s honor after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Roe ,. Some soldiers took to Twitter to say they felt “embarrassed” to don their uniforms.
One Army Captain tweeted: “I am supposed to defend this country ?”
One Army doctor — her bio stated that “my account absolutely mirrors the DOD.” — posted a TikTok video:
How am I supposed to swear to support and defend the Constitution and a country that treats its women like second-class citizens? What am I to do? What is the best way to show pride in doing that? What is the best way to show love and honour? What am I to do? How can I wake up each day wearing a uniform bearing the United States Army on my chest when it doesn’t care about me? They give me more information about guns that are allowed to be bought that will kill my children. Consider that.
@rahasenfratz / TikTok
The Army said that soldiers could tweet their views, regardless of whether they are “politically charged,” provided that they don’t mention candidates or political parties or threaten order or discipline at work.
Breitbart news has reached out the Army to get comment and is waiting for a reply.