Armstrong, who told USA TODAY in interviews that the relationship began with a flirty email and ended after assignations with multiple partners at swingers’ clubs, hotels and her home, says Haight had promised a future together. In a statement issued after news of his reprimand broke, Haight vowed to work with Army investigators untangling his dark, off-duty life."I am truly sorry for the pain I have caused my wife and family," Haight said in a second statement Wednesday.
"On their behalf, I ask that their privacy be respected during this difficult time."Security risks How Haight, the married father of four adult children who has held a succession of increasingly influential jobs, maintained his intimate secret is unclear.
If an adversary such as Russia had learned of Haight’s affair and sexual adventures, he would have been a prime target to blackmail, said four senior government officials who were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.
Russia, one of the officials said, aggressively intercepts telephone calls.
An investigative report showed that from June to November 2015 Haight used his government cellphone to make 84 private calls for more than 1,400 minutes of conversation.
He also led a double life: an 11-year affair and a “swinger lifestyle” of swapping sexual partners that put him at risk of blackmail and espionage, according to interviews and documents.
David Haight, Army Ranger, decorated combat veteran and family man, held a key post in Europe this spring and a future with three, maybe four stars.
Jennifer Armstrong, 49, a government employee, said she and Haight had been involved in the torrid love affair that began more than 10 years ago in Baghdad and ended this spring. His secret discovered, Haight was investigated by the Army inspector general, who issued a report in April, and fired in May from his job running operations and plans at U. European Command, the Pentagon’s front-line bulwark against Russia.The Army hauled him back to Washington, reprimanded him based on an internal investigation and put him a placeholder job awaiting retirement.A board will determine the rank that he last served honorably.A demotion to colonel or lower would cost him tens of thousands of dollars a year.Haight's removal from European Command was not disclosed.It was first revealed in July by USA TODAY, which received the Army inspector general's report Wednesday after a Freedom of Information Act request.