Three senior leaders of Navy SEAL Team 7 were relieved of their positions “due to a loss of confidence that resulted from leadership failures,” Naval Special Warfare Command announced Friday.
The news came six weeks after a platoon within the unit was sent home from Iraq amid accusations that a female service member had been sexually assaulted. There were also reports that some SEALs had violated a general order prohibiting the use of alcohol.
Special Warfare Command spokeswoman Cdr. Tamara Lawrence said that Rear Adm. Collin Green relieved the teams commanding officer, Cdr. Edward Mason; executive officer Lt. Cdr. Luke Im; and top enlisted leader Command Master Chief Hugh Spangler. The statement asserted that the mens failures had “caused a breakdown of good order and discipline … while deployed to combat zones.”
Military.com reported that Mason, Im and Spangler will be reassigned within Naval Special Warfare Group 1. It was not immediately clear who would take their place in the SEAL Team 7 leadership.
Members of SEAL Team 7 included Eddie Gallagher, who was acquitted in July of war crimes charges but convicted of posing with a dead Islamic State fighter.
The removal of the platoon from Iraq was one of a series of scandals that have rocked the Navy Special Warfare community and led Green to tell his men “we have a problem” in a July 25 memo. Green ordered new rules to crack down on misconduct within the elite force, and told commanders “that a portion of this force is ethically misaligned with our culture.”
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