U.S. Sen. John Walsh

U.S. Sen. John Walsh

BOB ZELLAR/Billings Gazette

HELENA – Here is a timeline of some key events in U.S. Sen. John Walsh’s life over the past decade:

2004-05: Walsh commanded Montana National Guard’s 163rd Infantry Battalion in combat operations in Iraq. It was the largest deployment of Montana soldiers since World War II.

Academic year 2007-08: Walsh attends the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and receives a master’s degree in strategic studies.

Sept. 4, 2008: Gov. Brian Schweitzer appoints Walsh to be the state’s adjutant general.

March 8, 2012: Democratic governor candidate Steve Bullock selects Walsh to be his lieutenant governor candidate. Walsh resigns as Montana’s adjutant general.

Nov. 6, 2012: Bullock and Walsh are elected as governor and lieutenant governor.

Jan. 7, 2013: Bullock and Walsh are sworn into office as governor and lieutenant governor.

Oct. 3, 2013: Walsh declares he will run as a Democrat for U.S. Senate. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., had announced in April that he would not seek another term in the Senate.

Dec. 27, 2013: Montana Television Network reports that Walsh was reprimanded in August 2010 by the inspector general of the U.S. Army for improperly using his position in the National Guard for his own gain. The inspector general’s report said Walsh improperly solicited other guard members to join a non-governmental organization, the National Guard Association of the United States, at a time when Walsh was running for vice chairman of the group.

Feb.7: Gov. Bullock appoints Walsh to fill out the remainder of the term of Baucus, who resigned his Senate seat to accept a presidential appointment to be the U.S. ambassador to China.

June 3: Walsh wins three-way Democratic primary for the Senate nomination, polling 64 percent of the vote.

July 23: New York Times reports that that for his final paper needed to graduate from the U.S. Army War College, Walsh “appropriated at least a quarter of his paper on American Middle East policy from other authors’ work, with no attribution.” He tells the Time: “I didn’t do anything intentional here.” When asked directly by the Times if he had plagiarized his paper, Walsh said: “I don’t believe I did.”

July 25: Dean of Army War College’s School of Strategic Landpower orders the college’s academic review board investigate the plagiarism allegations against Walsh.

Aug. 7: Walsh drops out of the Senate race, saying his campaign had been distracted by the plagiarism controversy. He says he will focus on his Senate duties the rest of the year.

Aug. 22: The academic review board at the Army War College unanimously recommends that’s Walsh’s master’s degree and diploma be revoked, calling his plagiarism “egregious.”

Oct. 6: Walsh appeals the academic review board’s decision to the commandant of the Army War College.

Oct. 10: Army War College revokes Walsh’s diploma, a master of strategic studies degree, over plagiarism. The commandant, Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, turns down Walsh’s appeal and agrees with the college’s academic review board’s recommendation that his degree be revoked because of plagiarism.

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