SEAL Team 7 leaders fired as Navy looks to shake up commando culture
WASHINGTON – The Navy’s top SEAL on Friday fired SEAL Team 7's top three leaders from their duties as the service cracks down on a cultural and ethical crisis within the ranks of its elite commandos, according to Navy officials.
Rear Adm. Collin Green, the commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, dismissed Cmdr. Edward Mason, the team’s commander; Lt. Cmdr. Luke Im, its executive officer; and Command Master Chief Hugh Spangler, the unit’s senior enlisted leader over problems with leadership in the team’s ranks, according to a Navy statement. The move comes after at least one of the California-based SEAL Team 7 platoons was sent home early from Iraq in July amid allegations of serious misconduct, including alcohol abuse downrange and accusations of a sexual assault occurring during an unofficial Independence Day celebration within the unit.
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