SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt – Army Secretary Pete Geren has censured a retired three-star general for misconduct in the investigation of the 2004 friendly-fire death of former National Football League player and Army ranger Pat Tillman. Geren also recommended the general be evaluated for a possible demotion, an extremely rare move.
Geren announced Tuesday that he had censured retired Lt. Gen. Philip R. Kensinger Jr. after senior Army officers determined that Kensinger lied to investigators about when he knew Tillman’s death was a suspected friendly-fire case.
Kensinger, who was the commanding general for U.S. Special Operations Command until his retirement in February 2006, argued against an administrative reprimand. “Never did I lie or would I lie, deceive, or intend to obstruct or mislead in any fashion,” he wrote in an official rebuttal.
Two one-star generals also received written punishments for their roles in the case. Geren said that although the case was “poorly handled” and that regulations for notifying the family were not followed, there was never an effort to cover up Tillman’s death or any conspiracy to mislead the public. Tillman’s family continues to seek more information about the case.