Army commander accused of grabbing male subordinates below the belt, trying to kiss them

Then Lt. Col. Meghann Sullivan talks with Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Brinson, 2nd Battalion, 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade during her change of command ceremony, in 2021. Photo by Spc. Joseph Knoch

A female Army commander who encouraged her female subordinates to succeed has been under investigation for sexually harassing men under her command.

Colonel Meghann Sullivan, who commanded the 5th Brigade Engineer Battalion at the 5th SFAB, reportedly sexually assaulted two male subordinates, forcefully kissing them and grabbing one below the belt.

In June of 2021, Sullivan became the first woman to command such a unit, making history with the Security Force Assistance Brigade.

“I’ve been in the Army over twenty years as an engineer, diversity and inclusion makes us stronger,” Sullivan said in 2021. “I am excited for young women to see that you can look and act different and be successful- I’d tell these women, don’t let anyone put a cap on you.”

“Lt. Col. Sullivan is a phenomenal engineer, and her selection as an SFAB commander is one more example of the great talent resident in our formation, Maj. Gen. Scott Jackson, Commanding General, Security Force Assistance Command, said at the time. “As a senior, female advisor, she will also be a great example of the power of inclusion as she engages with militaries throughout the Indo-Pacific region.”

According to the New York Post, the female officer has not yet been fired from her position.

While sexual assault cases where males are the victims are rare in the US Military, it is believed that many go unreported due to stigma.

In terms of toxic leadership, the apple does not seem to fall far from the tree at the SFAB- Sullivan’s commander, Col. Jonathan Chung was suspended for being abusive towards his subordinates.

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