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1-star in Afghanistan reassigned amid probe

Nov. 8, 2012 - 05:40PM   |   Last Updated: Nov. 8, 2012 - 05:40PM  |  
Brig. Gen. Veralinn "Dash" Jamieson
Brig. Gen. Veralinn "Dash" Jamieson ()
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An Air Force brigadier general who was deputy commander of an organization running prisons in Afghanistan during the accidental burning of Korans in February has been reassigned amid an ongoing investigation, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command said.

Brig. Gen. Veralinn "Dash" Jamieson was No. 2 at Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 in Kabul, a post she had held since Nov. 2011, according to an official biography.

The task force provides oversight and control of U.S. detention operations in Afghanistan, including the Parwan detention facility where troops removed Korans and other Islamic books believed to contain extremist messages in February. The texts were later burned as garbage, sparking protests that led to the deaths of at least 30 people. Six U.S. service members were killed, including Air Force Lt. Col. John Darin Loftis, who was shot in the back of the head by an employee at the Afghan ministry where he worked as an adviser.

Six soldiers received non-judicial punishment for their roles in the burnings.

No details were available regarding the nature of the investigation of Jamieson, said CENTCOM spokesman Lt. Col. T.G. Taylor. He also had no information about Jamieson's new assignment or when she left the task force in Kabul.

A military official who asked not to be named said the Department of Defense Inspector General is conducting the investigation. An IG spokeswoman said the office cannot comment on whether an investigation is underway.

Jamieson is still listed as deputy commanding general of the task force in the official biography on the Air Force website.

Prior to taking on the job, she served as director of intelligence at U.S. Southern Command. A career intelligence officer, Jamieson was commissioned in 1982 after graduating from West Virginia University with a bachelor of science in business administration.

She was promoted to brigadier general in May 2009.

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