Soldiers Wrongly Punished for Skipping Concert

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An Army investigation has concluded that a staff sergeant erred when he banished dozens of soldiers to their barracks and ordered them to clean after they refused to attend a Christian concert on a Virginia Army base last year.

The findings say that when the Army learned the soldiers were punished, the company commander apologized to them the next day.

The results of the investigation at Fort Eustis were released Tuesday to The Associated Press.

The actions of the staff sergeant were referred back to his battalion commander for nonjudicial action. That was according to Col. Daniel T. Williams, a spokesman for the Army's Document and Training Command.

He said any punishment, if it occurred, would be kept confidential.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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