Army Major General Patrick Donahoe has finally been allowed to retire following a months-long investigation of his activities on social media. Donahoe has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

He chose to announce his retirement in the following manner.

Donahoe had a relatively large and popular Twitter following that garnered praise in some areas. In 2019, Military Times picked him as number one among the “top service members” to follow on the site. However, I’ve always felt that social media of any kind had a substantial potential downside for active military personnel because of the permanence of your comments and the way they can be misconstrued and used against you. Excuse the pun, but it’s a double-edged sword.

The controversy began to surround the two-star general after he took a stand against Fox News Tucker Carlson’s negative remarks about female soldiers. The problems started after he disagreed with comments made by the conservative Fox News commentator in March of 2021. At that time, Carlson had made controversial comments about women in the military, stating that the Biden administration was guilty of “feminizing” the DoD because of changes in uniforms.

At the time, Donahoe was commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning in Georgia, home of the Army’s infantry and armor schools. His retirement was held up after an inspector general (IG) investigation concluded that the general had “failed to display Army values and core leader competencies.”