NPR logo

Walter Reed Hospital's Top Officer Relieved of Duty

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/7671131/7673535" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Walter Reed Hospital's Top Officer Relieved of Duty

U.S.

Walter Reed Hospital's Top Officer Relieved of Duty

Walter Reed Hospital's Top Officer Relieved of Duty

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/7671131/7673535" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman, the officer in charge of the beleaguered Walter Reed Army Medical Center, has been relieved of his command, the Army said today. The news came one day before an independent military review panel was to investigate conditions at the hospital, which has been the subject of severe criticism for its treatment and facilities.

Reports of squalid conditions at one of Walter Reed's outpatient living facilities first appeared in The Washington Post two weeks ago. Since then, the Pentagon has vowed to investigate what went wrong.

Michele Norris talks with NPR Pentagon Correspondent Guy Raz.

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.