Staff Sgt. Clyde Terrell Cobb, 41, is charged with voluntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting death of retired Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Thompson of Raeford.
The 56-year-old Thompson was found dead in a car at the Carrington Place Apartment complex on Sept. 9.
Police said Cobb also was shot during a confrontation and was treated and released from Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.
Cobb was released from the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond. He is stationed with the 112th Signal Brigade.