first published on September 9, 2019 by Funker
SEAL Team 7’s entire senior leadership team was fired on Friday morning as part of the ongoing Navy initiative to improve personal and professional conduct, restore ethics, and produce better, more accountable leadership among the SEALs.
SEAL Team 7’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Edward James Mason, executive officer Lt. Cmdr. Luke Hong Il Im, top enlisted adviser, Command Master Chief Hugh Chance Spangler, and an unnamed master chief were relieved of their positions due to “a loss of confidence that resulted from leadership failures that caused a breakdown of good order and discipline within two subordinate units while deployed to combat zones,” according to Navy Times.
The current shakeup is still stemming from a booze fueled Independence Day party in Iraq in which SEALs allegedly partook in alcohol consumption, sexual assault, and fraternization.
None of the four SEAL leaders that were fired on Friday were implicated in any of the scandalous allegations, but were terminated because of the actions of their subordinates.
“A portion of this force is ethically misaligned” with traditional SEAL culture because of those “who fail to correct this behavior” and instead “prioritize this misalignment over the loyalty to Navy and Nation,” Naval Special Warfare commander Rear Adm. Collin Green said in a previous statement.
The newly appointed leadership will not be named due to the clandestine nature of their operations.