But as the conduct of other U.S. generals is called into question - including that of retired Army General David Petraeus, who on Nov. 9 quit his CIA director's post over an affair - Rebecca Sinclair said she felt compelled to speak out.
"I'm not looking to excuse the behavior," she said. "I'm not trying to say that infidelity is okay. What I'm trying to say is I can see how it happens."
Sinclair said that since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, frequent deployments with little time home in between have put strain on soldiers and their families.