Tag Archives: Edward Gallagher

SECDEF Esper Says SECNAV Spencer Ousted For Going Outside Chain Of Command

SECDEF Esper Says SECNAV Spencer Ousted For Going Outside Chain Of Command

Former Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, right, with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the U.S. Naval Academy. Navy photo.

This post has been updated with statements from former SECNAV Richard V. Spencer made to CBS News.

THE PENTAGON – Richard V. Spencer, former secretary of the Navy, was fired because it became clear his conversations inside the Pentagon did not match what he secretly discussed with White House officials, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Monday morning.

Read More

SECNAV Richard V. Spencer Removed Over Gallagher Deal With White House; Modly Now Acting SECNAV

SECNAV Richard V. Spencer Removed Over Gallagher Deal With White House; Modly Now Acting SECNAV

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer speaks during an all-hands call onboard U.S. Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka on July 12, 2018. US Navy Photo

The secretary of defense asked Richard V. Spencer to step down as the Secretary of the Navy after Spencer proposed a deal to the White House that would guarantee Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Gallagher would retire as a SEAL, despite public statements affirming he would let the process dictate the outcome, according to a late Sunday Pentagon statement. Read More

UPDATED: SECNAV Denies Resignation Threat Over Gallagher Trident Review Board

UPDATED: SECNAV Denies Resignation Threat Over Gallagher Trident Review Board

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer addresses the crew of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) via the ship’s 1MC during a visit to the ship at sea on Oct. 27, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional comments from the Navy and SECNAV Spencer.

Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer denied he threatened to resign his office over President Trump’s intervention into a Naval Special Warfare Command review board that could strip SEAL Chief Edward Gallagher of his Naval Special Warfare rating. Read More

SECNAV Spencer Expanding JAG Review to Include Marine Legal Community

SECNAV Spencer Expanding JAG Review to Include Marine Legal Community

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer speaks during an all-hands call onboard U.S. Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka on July 12, 2018. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – A review of the Department of the Navy’s legal system has expanded to include the Marine legal community, according to a memo from Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer obtained by USNI News. Read More