Army Officer Convicted of Disobeying COVID-19 Rules, Judge Declines Punishment

A soldier works at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland in a file image. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

An officer in the Army was found guilty in military court this week of disobeying COVID-19 rules, but the judge in the case imposed no punishment.

First Lt. Mark Bashaw, an entomologist who was commander at the Army Public Health Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, was convicted for not working remotely as ordered, and instead showing up to his office without providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test, Aberdeen spokesperson Amurr Reese told the Army Times.

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