Former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, who resigned in disgrace as governor of Missouri last year, is putting his uniform back on — just not as a Navy SEAL.
Greitens, who stepped down in May 2018 amid criminal charges related to an alleged extramarital affair, has become a reserve naval officer with Navy Operational Support Center — St. Louis, a spokeswoman for Navy Recruiting Command confirmed to Task & Purpose. The Kansas City Star first reported the news.
"In April 2019, Eric Greitens, a [lieutenant commander] in the Individual Ready Reserve, requested to transfer his status to the Selected Reserves as a general unrestricted line officer (designator 1105) and his transfer was approved," Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jessica McNulty said in an email.
McNulty declined to comment on why the Navy allowed him to transfer to the Selected Reserves.
The former governor had reportedly told his friends and supporters that he expects to deploy to the Middle East this fall, but it is unclear as of Thursday whether he is actually heading downrange.
"I cannot confirm that he has orders," Cmdr. Doug Gabos, a spokesman for Navy Reserve Force, told Task & Purpose.
Gabos also could not say what Greitens' current role is at Navy Operational Support Center – St. Louis, other than he is administratively assigned there.
Attempts to reach Greitens on Thursday were unsuccessful.
A charge of invasion of privacy stemming from the incident and a separate charge of felony computer-tampering for allegedly stealing the donor list of a charity to which he belonged were both eventually dropped.
"The Navy had a choice whether to allow an accused sex offender and disgraced former politician to join the fleet," said retired Air Force Col. Don Christensen, president of the advocacy group Protect Our Defenders. "Allowing him to return to the active Navy sends a disturbing message that the Navy does not believe survivors."
"This is especially repulsive on the heels of the dramatic increase in military sexual assaults last year," Christensen added. "From Tailhook to Fat Leonard to the recent submarine 'rape list' the Navy has repeatedly proven it just doesn't get it."
U.S. Cyber Command is reportedly going on offense against Russia's power grid by placing "potentially crippling malware" in its systems, The New York Times reported Saturday.
The cyber incursions, authorized to Cyber Command under new authorities that do not require presidential approval, have gotten more "aggressive" and seem to be a warning that the U.S. can respond to Moscow's past cyberattacks, such as the 2016 incursion into the Democratic National Committee and its attack on Ukraine's power grid.
DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf and said it was seeking international consensus about the threat to shipping, despite Tehran denying involvement in the explosions at sea.
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.