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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.

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