Lou Bremer, a former Navy SEAL who bragged about his affinity for alcohol is reportedly a candidate for the top civilian post overseeing special operations forces. The U.S. Department of Defense will reportedly recommend Bremer for that assignment.
Lou Bremer, who spent eight-year as a SEAL, has become known for his statements where he bragged about his tequila drinking. Today, he is the leading contender to be the assistant secretary of defense for special operations, Politico reported.
Former Navy SEAL is currently employed as a private equity investor with alleged ties to the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump through his billionaire boss Stephen Feinberg, according to Politico.
The Pentagon’s recommendation rumors of Bremer, who allegedly had issues with drinking, came amid an ongoing campaign by Navy officials to fight rising problems of alcohol, drugs and sexual misconduct in the elite special operations forces of the U.S. military. In an unprecedented move last week in the U.S. Navy’s history, officials fired three high-level leaders of the elite SEAL Team 7 in an effort to bring ”back to basics” discipline and ”correct the drift”.
According to a Navy statement, 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 Navy SEAL Team 7 ranks.
The move comes after top U.S. defense officials in July ordered a Navy SEAL unit in Iraq to return home after an investigation showed they had been consuming alcohol while on deployment.
The elite Navy SEALs, reportedly a tight-knit, secretive community, have been shaken by scandals of drug and substance abuse, suicides, and worse, homicides and war crimes. Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward Gallagher was charged with various serious charges including murder, attempted murder, and other war crimes in Mosul, Iraq. That also included stabbing to death a wounded Daesh prisoner of war. Gallagher was a member of Alpha Platoon of Navy SEAL Team 7. He was released from custody earlier this year after a panel of Marine officers in California acquitted him.