Navy SEAL Brian Losey, an Air Force Academy graduate, rose through the ranks of Navy SEALs to become the Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command, the senior officer in charge of all SEALs and Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crewmen. This top SEAL billet is a two-star job and Losey was promoted by the Navy to receive a second star that went with this senior position. But there were issues relating to an investigation of alleged misconduct that held up his receiving his second star. Losey moved into the position and led Naval Special Warfare as a one-star commander. By all accounts, he’s done a great job in command.
Admiral Losey was cleared of any wrongdoing by a Navy investigation, but his promotion ran into obstacles in Congress. His second star was, and is, held in abeyance. Most former SEALs, including this author, understand little of the mechanics surrounding this issue. But we do know and respect the opinion of Admiral Bill McRaven, the former commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. He has weighed in on his subject in a compelling article in the Tampa Tribune. It sheds a light on what, for many of us, has been a puzzling issue.