Former SECDEF aide reduced two stars, says Army

Lt. Gen. Ron Lewis (L) walks on the tarmac before boarding his plane at Queen Alia Airport in Amman, Jordan, July 24, 2015. Lewis, seen here with former U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, was reduced in rank to Brig. Gen. after former Army secretary Eric Fanning determined that was the last rank Lewis served in satisfactorily. The Army announced the reduction February 9. REUTERS/Carolyn Kaster/Pool

The former senior military aide to then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter will retire as a brigadier general, the Army announced Thursday.

Army Times’ report details the punishments levied on Lewis by the Army, whose meteoric rise to three stars halted suddenly in November 2015 after allegations of excessive drinking and improper use of government credit cards came to light. Carter fired Lewis, but the reasons for his sacking stayed under wraps until late in 2016.

Lewis, a former brigade commander in the 101st and past Army chief of public affairs, stands to lose tens of thousands of dollars in retirement pay, according to the Army.

He has also has been reprimanded by Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Dan Allyn, according to Army spokesmen.