The Navy has named a female president of the U.S. Naval War College for the first time in its history just days after ousting her predecessor amid allegations of excess spending and inappropriate behavior.
Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, the current commander of Joint Region Marianas and an experienced helicopter pilot will be the new president, Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer announced on Friday, calling her selection a "historic choice."
"She is the embodiment of the type of warrior-scholar we need now to lead this storied institution as it educates our next generation of leaders," Spencer said in a statement.
Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley was administratively reassigned on Monday amid an ongoing investigation into alleged excessive spending and inappropriate behavior that purportedly included college-wide offers of Twister games in the office where he kept a working margarita machine.
That reassignment, to Director of Navy Staff, came just two days after an Associated Press investigation detailed complaints to the Office of the Naval Inspector General detailing allegations of day-time drinking and a propensity for rambling college-wide emails offering "free hugs."
Under Harley's purview, the AP reported, the college spent roughly $725,000 on raises annually while enduring an annual budget shortfall of $5 million, raises Harley "appeared to grant unilaterally to some faculty, rather than consulting the college's other senior leaders, as is customary."
"The drinking continues. Morale is at an all-time low," employees wrote in a January complaint to the OIG. "Your biggest concern should be, however, the financial situation at the college."
Before becoming the Navy commander responsible for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, Chatfield was commander of the Pacific Fleet's Helicopter Sea Combat wing and commander of a joint provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan.
Her awards include a Defense Superior Service Medal, a Bronze Star, two Legion of Merit awards, a Meritorious Service Medal, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, and three Navy Commendation Medals, among others.
At least one Air Force base is on the lookout for a sinister new threat: angry men who can't get laid.
Personnel at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland were recently treated to a threat brief regarding an "increase in nationwide activity" by self-described "incels," members of an online subculture of "involuntary celibacy" who adopt an ideology of misogyny, mistrust of women, and violence in response to their failed attempts at romantic relationships.
The brief was first made public via a screenshot posted to the popular Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook page on Tuesday. An Air Force spokesman confirmed the authenticity of the screenshot to Task & Purpose.
"The screenshot was taken from a Joint Base Andrews Intel brief created following basic threat analysis on an increase in nationwide activity by the group," 11th Wing spokesman Aletha Frost told Task & Purpose in an email.
From Long Beach to Huntington Beach, residents were greeted Saturday, June 15, at precisely 8 a.m. with "The Star-Spangled Banner." Then 12 hours later, the "Retreat" bugle call bellowed throughout Seal Beach and beyond.
At first, people wondered if the booming sound paid tribute to Flag Day, June 14. Seal Beach neighbors bordering Los Alamitos assumed the music was coming from the nearby Joint Forces Training Base.
But then it happened again Sunday. And Monday. Folks took to the Nextdoor social media app seeking an answer to the mystery.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — The main thing to remember about Navy SEAL Chief Craig Miller's testimony on Wednesday is that he didn't seem to remember a lot.
Miller, considered a key witness in the trial of Chief Eddie Gallagher, testified that he saw his former platoon chief stab the wounded ISIS fighter but was unable to recall a number of details surrounding that event. Gallagher is accused of murdering the wounded fighter and separately firing on innocent civilians during a deployment to Mosul, Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — An enlisted Navy SEAL sniper testified on Wednesday that Chief Eddie Gallagher told his platoon prior to their deployment that if they ever captured a wounded fighter, their medics knew "what to do to nurse them to death."
In early morning testimony, former Special Operator 1st Class Dylan Dille told a packed courtroom that he had heard the phrase during unit training before the men of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon deployed to Mosul, Iraq in 2017.
A Navy SEAL sentenced to one year in prison for the death of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar is under investigation for allegedly flirting with Melgar's widow while using a false name and trying to persuade her that he and another SEAL accused of killing her husband were "really good guys," according to the Washington Post.