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Marine general gets the lightest of slaps on the wrist for his toxic and abusive leadership
A Marine one-star general whom an investigation found to be an abusive and toxic boss has essentially escaped unpunished.
Brig. Gen. Norman Cooling received official counseling as a result of a Defense Department's Inspector General's Office investigation, a defense official said.
Cooling, who had been fired as legislative assistant to the commandant, is now serving as assistant deputy commandant for plans, policies, and operations — marking the pinnacle of his 33-year career in the Marine Corps.
The brigadier general first told Washington Post columnist Joe Davidson that he had been counseled over the IG's findings.
When contacted by Task & Purpose, Cooling deferred questions to the head of Marine Corps public affairs. A Marine Corps spokesman declined to say what administrative actions were taken against Cooling.
The IG investigation found that Cooling created a hostile work environment during his seven months as legislative assistant.
During that time,He threatened to castrate a staff member, told a female Marine that he'd prefer his daughter work as a prostitute than serve as a pilot, and spread a rumor about a female Marine officer whom he believed filed a complaint that cost him his job, the investigation found.
"We substantiated the allegation that BGen Cooling's overall course of conduct toward subordinates disparaged, bullied, humiliated them, and devalued women," the investigation found.
Cooling defended his leadership style, telling investigators the comment about his daughter was meant as a joke and he didn't remember threatening to castrate anyone – although he may have discussed castrating cattle while growing up on a farm.
"I inadvertently offended some through random remarks that were taken in a different context other than I intended," Cooling told Military.com reporter Gina Harkins in June. "Had I been less demanding or willing to compromise standards, these allegations — which surfaced only during the promotion confirmation process — would have never emerged."
An investigation is underway after an Army recruiting company commander in Houston, Texas, issued a memo that included a phrase used by Nazis and displayed in death camps during World War II, "Arbeit Macht Frei," which roughly translates to "work sets you free."
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A woman has filed a civil suit against a former member of the 104th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard, saying she has suffered emotional distress and "a diminished capacity to enjoy life" in the years since he used a hidden camera at Barnes Air National Guard Base to record explicit images of her.
Former Tech Sgt. Jason Venne, 37, pleaded guilty in February to six counts of photographing an unsuspecting person in the nude and seven counts of unlawful wiretap. He admitted putting a camera in the women's locker room at the Westfield base, recording images and video between 2011 and 2013 when he worked there as a mechanic.
Five people have been indicted in federal court in the Western District of Texas on charges of participating in a scheme to steal millions of dollars from benefits reserved for military members, U.S. Department of Justice officials said Wednesday.
As the military services each roll out new policies regarding hemp-derived products like cannabidiol, or CBD, the Defense Department is not mincing words.
"It's completely forbidden for use by any service member in any of the services at this point of time," said Patricia Deuster, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
The warning, along with the policies issued recently by the Air Force, Coast Guard and Department of the Navy, comes as CBD is becoming increasingly ubiquitous across the country in many forms, from coffee additives and vaping liquids to tinctures, candies and other foods, carrying promises of health benefits ranging from pain and anxiety relief to sleeping aids and inflammation reduction.
The Navy has fired five senior leaders so far in August – and the month isn't even over.
While the sea service is famous for instilling in officers that they are responsible for any wrongdoing by their sailors – whether they are aware of the infractions or not – the recent rash of firings is a lot, even for the Navy.
A Navy spokesman said there is no connection between any of the five officers relieved of command, adding that each relief is looked at separately.