Senior Navy SEAL Officer Tells Men ‘We Have A Problem’ Amid Scandals and Controversies
The US Navy commander in charge of all SEAL teams told his men “we have a problem” in a memo written late last month after a series of scandals rocked the naval special warfare community .
“Some of our subordinate formations have failed to maintain good order and discipline and therefore and for good reason our NSW [Naval Special Warefare] culture is in question, ”Rear Admiral Collin Green wrote in the July 25 note obtained by Fox News on Thursday.
Green added that while “I don’t know yet if we have a culture issue, I know we have a problem of good order and discipline that needs to be addressed immediately. Good order and discipline are the foundation of any military organization and it is a responsibility of leadership. As a commander, I own it. As commodores, you also own it. “
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The letter does not specifically refer to any incidents, which would include drug use and excessive alcohol consumption, involving members of the SEAL teams in the past few months,
SEAL commanders have until Aug. 7 to “develop a plan of action” on how to resolve the “problem,” according to the memo.
The letter was written the day after reports circulated that a Navy SEAL platoon from San Diego, Calif., Had been returned from Iraq to the United States due to “deterioration of good order and discipline. “.
The United States Special Operations Command said in a July 24 statement: “The commander has lost confidence in the team’s ability to accomplish the mission. “
The statement did not describe the exact nature of the misconduct, but The Washington Post, citing two defense officials, told the newspaper that the SEALs involved in the incident violated a blanket order banning alcohol consumption.
The platoon that was sent back to the United States is part of Team SEAL 7, whose members included Chief Eddie Gallagher, who was acquitted of war crimes charges last month but found guilty of posing with a dead ISIS fighter, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
Testimony at Gallagher’s court martial revealed that members of Team SEAL 7’s Alpha Platoon regularly consumed alcohol while deployed to Iraq in 2017, according to Military times.
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The same week, the platoon was ordered to return to the United States, The time of the navy reported, citing an internal investigation, that six members of a Virginia-based SEAL team tested positive for the use of cocaine “and other banned substances” last year after repeatedly cheating to circumvent tests military drug testing.
Meanwhile, a member of the Navy SEAL 6 team who was named Sailor of the Year in 2016 has been charged with impersonation by texting to obtain photos of naked women, the Virginie-Pilot reported last week.
In May, a Navy SEAL pleaded guilty to the brutal death of a Green Beret soldier, admitting to participating in a late-night plot to break into the 34-year-old Army Sergeant Major. Logan Melgar’s chamber with a sledgehammer, put him in a choke and held him with duct tape while deployed to Africa.
Chief Special Warfare Operator Adam Matthews said along with another member of the Navy’s SEAL 6 team and two elite Marine Raiders, he led the “juvenile” attack on June 4, 2017. in Bamako, Mali.
Matthews’ attorney, Grover Baxley, said Melgar’s death was “an unforeseen accident which had a dramatic impact on the lives of everyone involved.”
According to The Washington Post, the tragedy occurred after a long night of drinking and partying. Two SEALs and two Marine Raiders forced their way into Melgar’s room with a hammer because they supposedly wanted to teach him a lesson for leaving them in traffic on their way to a party at the Embassy of France.
One of the SEALs jumped on Melgar and put him in a choke while Matthews grabbed Melgar’s legs. The two Marines then glued her legs together. When they passed Melgar’s wrists, they realized he had stopped breathing.
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In his memo, Green asked commanders to “engage everyone in your formations.”
He wrote: “I want all hands to understand that ‘we have a problem’ and this is our main effort and my top priority”
Fox News’ Dom Calicchio, Barnini Chakraborty and Bradford Betz contributed to this report.