LTC Scott Basso, the Ranger Training Battalion Commander overseeing Ranger School’s Mountain Phase in Georgia was relieved on November 20 after an investigation substantiated that he made “derogatory comments to subordinates,” according to Army officials.

Maj. Gen. Patrick Donahoe, commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) and Fort Benning, said in a statement that he relieved the battalion commander on Nov. 20 “due to his inability to uphold professional standards of conduct.”

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The promotion of Lt. Col. Scott Basso, January 2018.

Ben Garrett, the spokesman for the MCoE, confirmed to Task & Purpose that the commander was from the 5th Ranger Training Battalion, which according to the unit’s website, “conducts the Mountain Phase of Ranger School.”

Garrett said that the 5th Ranger Training Battalion commander had first been suspended on October 30, pending the investigation’s completion.