Female Army Commander Fired For Abusing Male Soldiers

(StraightNews.org) – A female US Army commander has been suspended for the sexual harassment of male soldiers. Col. Meghann Sullivan is based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington and is accused of committing multiple sexual assaults on troops in the 5th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade.

The online military magazine Military.com reported on “chaos” at the base last May and said a month-long investigation had been launched into the behavior of one of its commanders as well as a broader culture of rule-breaking and alcohol abuse. A 5th SFAB officer stated, “There is a lot of infighting here … not a lot of trust and certainly the least cohesive place I’ve been.”

The investigation into the 5th SFAB included an examination of hundreds of emails, text messages, and videos, and has so far led to the departure of commander Jonathan Chung. Chung is similarly accused of being abusive to the soldiers under his command and of “counterproductive leadership.” Sullivan, however, maintains her innocence and remains on the base but moved to a different corps.

Commander Sullivan is accused of assaulting two of her subordinates and harassing several others. The incidents are tied in with heavy drinking and, according to an inside source, involve forceful kissing and touching of genitals without consent.

According to data from the Department of Defense, males are the victims of 10% of sexual assaults in the military, and women make up about 6% of offenders. No female senior figures were mentioned as abusers in the 2022 report, but 8% of male offenders were among the higher ranks. The number of sexual abuse incidents reported in the military has risen significantly in the past decade. There were 3,327 in 2010, compared to 8,942 in 2022.

Meghann Sullivan became the first woman to lead a Security Force Assistance Brigade battalion in 2021 and was viewed by many as a trailblazer. She is a 20-year military veteran who has been described as a “phenomenal engineer.”

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