Kevin P. Byrnes

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Kevin P. Byrnes
General Kevin P. Byrnes
Born (1950-03-12) March 12, 1950 (age 69)
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1969-2005
(retired as Lieutenant General)
Commands heldTraining and Doctrine Command
1st Cavalry Division
Joint Task Force Six
Battles/warsVietnam War

Kevin P. Byrnes (born March 12, 1950) is a retired United States Army general who was officially relieved of command in August 2005 after 36 years of military service for disobeying a lawful order from Army Chief of Staff Peter Schoomaker.

Early life[edit]

Byrnes was born in New York City on March 12, 1950.[1] He was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School program in 1969. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Park College in 1975, and a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University in 1985.


General Byrnes assumed the duties of Commander, Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), on November 7, 2002, after serving as the Director, Army Staff.

Prior to assuming his TRADOC duties, he served as Director, Army Staff, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs and as the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff. General Byrnes’ other key assignments include: Commanding General, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; while deployed in that capacity, he simultaneously served as the Commanding General of the Multinational Division (North) in Tuzla, Bosnia, from October 1998 to August 1999; Director, Force Programs, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, Washington, D.C.; Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver), 1st Cavalry Division; Commanding General, Joint Task Force Six, Fort Bliss, Texas; Commander, 1st Cavalry Division Artillery, and later Chief of Staff, 1st Cavalry Division; Director of Political and Economic Studies and Director of the Strategic Outreach Initiative for the United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania; Commander, 4th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery in 2nd Armored Division (Forward) in Germany; and Commander, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 39th Field Artillery, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His overseas tours include Vietnam, Germany and Bosnia.

Relief of Command[edit]

"A four-star general who was relieved of command this week said Wednesday through his lawyer that the Army took the action after an investigation into accusations that he was involved in a consensual relationship with a female civilian. The lawyer, Lt. Col. David H. Robertson, said the case involves an adult relationship with a woman who is not in the military, nor is a civilian employee of the military or the federal government. The general, Kevin P. Byrnes, was relieved... by the Army chief of staff, Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, just a few months before General Byrnes was scheduled to retire as head of the Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)."[2]


  1. ^ "Defense Distinguished Service Medal Entry, Kevin P. Byrnes". Hall of Valor. Springfield, VA: Military Times. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Cloud, David S. (August 11, 2005). "Adultery Inquiry Costs General His Command". The New York Times. New York, NY.

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Military offices
Preceded by
John N. Abrams
Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command
2002 - 2005
Succeeded by
Anthony R. Jones