The Navy SEAL commander who bumped heads with President Donald J. Trump over the handling of SEAL Eddie Gallagher has announced his early retirement.
Rear Admiral Collin Green, who heads the Naval Special Warfare Command, will depart in September, according to The Intercept.
Known as a “reformer” who wanted to improve the public image of the SEALs, Green eventually came to be at odds with President Trump after the former’s decisions concerning Gallagher were overruled, particularly in relation to whether or not the SEAL could retire with his coveted trident pin.
Supporters of Gallagher perceived Green’s effort to be an attempt to smear the convicted SEAL and tarnish his twenty years of service.
People close to Green claim he has undergone much in the way of stress and personal issues, which may be contributing to his decision to retire.
By cutting his extended tour length short, Green is effectively declining a promotion to vice admiral.
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