Withdrawal of SEAL leader’s promotion is unusual step after prestigious career
The San Diego Union Tribune
By Jeanette Steele
March 25, 2016
Rear Adm. Brian Losey, commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, speaks at the La Posta Assaults and Tactical Weapons Training Complex in Campo on Sept. 25, 2014. MC1 Marc Rockwell-PateThe career death of Rear Adm. Brian Losey, the Navy SEAL leader being forced to retire after his promotion was blocked in the Senate, marks the most public punishment ever at the top rank of the elite SEALs, who are known for running below the radar with their combat missions and internal business.
Even more tension between Congress and the SEALs may be looming. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, said this week that he will oppose the nomination of Losey’s replacement, Rear Adm. Tim Szymanski.
Hunter told The San Diego Union-Tribune that he has concerns about the incoming SEAL commander’s past performance on contracting, training and acquisitions. He didn’t elaborate on the alleged problems.
Szymanski couldn’t be reached for comment Friday.
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