A Coast Guard crewman gives a quick salute before coming aboard the Coast Guard cutter Campbell on July 19, 2005. (U.S. Coast Guard/PA3 Luke Pinneo)
Following an 18-month probe into how the Coast Guard responds to complaints of bullying, harassment and retaliation, and a recent congressional hearing on the matter, Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi said Congress' work is not over.
Thompson, chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, one of two congressional committees that spent more than a year investigating the Coast Guard, said in a recent phone interview that he foresees more hearings and continued congressional oversight.
The committees on Homeland Security and Oversight and Government Reform reviewed thousands of pages of documents, many of which were heavily redacted, from the Coast Guard and multiple interviews with Coast Guard personnel during the investigation. Thompson said more records are forthcoming.
"So much of what we got had been redacted to the point that it was not useful at all. We're continuing to receive documents on this case and others that we're continuing to look at," he said.
As a young incoming battalion commander attending my pre-command course, I learned one of the most useful lessons of my career. It was a simple but poignant exercise in the art of the resource management, and it hammered home a principle that still sticks with me today: “Time spent = Value Assigned.”
U.S. servicemembers and their families are being subjected to heightened “scrutiny and harassment” while traveling to Russia, prompting officials to urge the U.S. military community to avoid unofficial visits to the country.