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Top Navy SEAL admiral who clashed with president over Gallagher case will reportedly retire early
The head of Naval Special Warfare Command, who challenged President Donald Trump over stripping retired SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher of his SEAL status last year, will step down from his post in September, according to a report published by The Intercept on Saturday.
Rear Adm. Collin Green, who took the helm of NSW in 2018, made headlines in November when he and Navy Secretary Richard Spencer reportedly vowed to resign or be fired rather than follow Trump's instructions to not revoke Gallagher of his SEAL Trident, the symbol of his SEAL status, after a high-profile court martial acquitted Gallagher of murder charges while finding him guilty of posing for a picture with a corpse.
Green did not answer multiple phone calls from Task & Purpose, and officials at NSW did not respond to requests for comment. Rear Adm. Charles Brown, the Navy's chief spokesman, declined to say whether The Intercept's reporting was accurate. "We have no flag officer announcements to make at this time," Brown said in an email to Task & Purpose on Tuesday.
According to The Intercept, Green's time as NSW commander had been extended from two years to three, but his decision to step down from the post means he will decline the third year.
Green's tenure coincided with a slew of discipline problems in the Navy special warfare community, including two SEALs and two Marine Raiders being accused of killing a Green Beret in Mali; a SEAL platoon being kicked out of Iraq over allegations of drinking and sexual assault; members of a SEAL team using cocaine and other drugs; and Gallagher being accused of killing a wounded ISIS fighter.
Gallagher was found not guilty of murder. He was convicted of posing for a picture with the fighter's corpse. However, Green told his troops "we have a good order and discipline problem that must be addressed immediately" in August.
Green's claims were somewhat refuted last week after a Special Operations Command ethics review argued that there were no "systemic ethics problem," in the special operations community, though there was a range of underlying problems stemming from a high operations tempo and insufficient leadership, the review said.
Green will likely be replaced by Rear Adm. H. Wyman Howard, III., who currently heads Special Operations Command Central, The Intercept reported. According to an Intercept report from 2017, while he was in command of SEAL Team 6, Howard distributed hand-made hatchets to his troops and encouraged them to "bloody the hatchet." while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Though the Army has yet to actually set an official recruiting goal for this year, leaders are confident they're going to bring in more soldiers than last year.
Maj. Gen. Frank Muth, head of Army Recruiting Command, told reporters on Wednesday that the Army was currently 2,226 contracts ahead of where it was in 2019.
"I will just tell you that this time last year we were in the red, and now we're in the green which is — the momentum's there and we see it continuing throughout the end of the year," Muth said, adding that the service hit recruiting numbers in February that haven't been hit during that month since 2014.
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We are women veterans who have served in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. Our service – as aviators, ship drivers, intelligence analysts, engineers, professors, and diplomats — spans decades. We have served in times of peace and war, separated from our families and loved ones. We are proud of our accomplishments, particularly as many were earned while immersed in a military culture that often ignores and demeans women's contributions. We are veterans.
Yet we recognize that as we grew as leaders over time, we often failed to challenge or even question this culture. It took decades for us to recognize that our individual successes came despite this culture and the damage it caused us and the women who follow in our footsteps. The easier course has always been to tolerate insulting, discriminatory, and harmful behavior toward women veterans and service members and to cling to the idea that 'a few bad apples' do not reflect the attitudes of the whole.
Recent allegations that Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie allegedly sought to intentionally discredit a female veteran who reported a sexual assault at a VA medical center allow no such pretense.
KABUL/WASHINGTON/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The United States and the Taliban will sign an agreement on Feb. 29 at the end of a week long period of violence reduction in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Taliban said on Friday.
Active-duty service members, Reservists and National Guard members often serve side-by-side performing highly skilled and dangerous jobs, such as parachuting, explosives demolition and flight deck operations.
Reservists and Guard members are required to undergo the same training as specialized active-duty troops, and they face the same risks. Yet the extra incentive pay they receive for their work — called hazardous duty incentive pay — is merely a fraction of what their active-duty counterparts receive for performing the same job.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by U.S. Rep. Andy Kim, D-3 of Moorestown, are partnering on legislation to correct the inequity. Known as the Guard and Reserve Hazard Duty Pay Equity Act, the bill seeks to standardize payment of hazardous duty incentive pay for all members of the armed services, including Reserve and National Guard components.
Another Marine was hit with jail time and a bad-conduct discharge in connection with a slew of arrests made last summer over suspicions that members of a California-based infantry battalion were transporting people who'd crossed into the U.S. illegally.