A California National Guard general has been relieved of duty after he reportedly ordered troops to take his mother shopping.

California National Guard General Relieved Of Duty After Sending Troops Shopping With His Mom

A California National Guard general has been relieved of duty after he reportedly ordered troops to take his mother shopping.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Magram  (CNG)

A California National Guard general has been relieved of duty after he reportedly ordered troops to take his mother shopping.

Brigadier General Jeffrey Magram is set to be “involuntarily transferred” this week to the U.S. Air Force retired reserve, which a California National Guard spokesperson said is “parallel” to a firing, according to a Military.com report Saturday.

Magram has also been accused of forcing subordinates to perform other personal tasks, such as making an on-duty National Guard member drive him 120 miles to a dental appointment and coercing an underling to take his place in a mandatory training session, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Magram is accused of putting an F-15C fighter jet on standby for a possible mission to fly low over civilian protesters in order to frighten them.

According to the report, a guard member who took Magram’s mother shopping said, “she was particular. When I say particular, it had to be at Whole Foods. … It just took her a long time to decide what she wanted, a lot of comparison shopping amongst products.”

Magram didn’t deny the accusations and said no one complained about running errands for him, likening the tasks to the Air Force’s “wingman concept,” in which Guard members look out for one another.

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“Had I ever heard of any ethics issues like this from subordinates, peers or commanders, or perceptions of such, I would have corrected or addressed it on the spot,” he said in a statement to an inspector general, according to The Times.

Magram is the fifth general to resign, retire, or be fired in the wake of scandals exposed by The Times’ investigations team over the last four years.

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