- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A former chief of staff for the Maine Army National Guard says a new report accusing him of abusing his rank and title for personal gain is a “malicious work of fiction.”

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1NkzRkG ) Col. Jack Mosher received $500 at least once to speak, ran a marathon while on duty and instructed the public affairs office to promote the event. The report also says he had 16 unaccounted absences.

Mosher was an important piece in a plan to replace the Guard’s 133rd Engineer Battalion with an infantry unit. The plan received pushback from guard veterans and community leaders.

Mosher, now retired, has not been disciplined. The report indicates he could face discipline, including a possible cut to his military retirement benefits.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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