Zoom livestream of controversial Army Special Forces change of command ceremony released

The US Army is looking into a controversial livestream that was interrupted by explicit content during a change of command ceremony for the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne).

The change of command ceremony occurred on Thursday, May 30, at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Liberty. The event was also streamed live via Zoom for those who could not attend in person. The 1st Special Warfare Training Group shared the Zoom link on its Facebook page. According to visuals and information shared on social media and the U.S. Army subreddit, during the ceremony, the feed switched to show an adult man masturbating on camera with an adult toy in his anus, visible to all viewers.

Later that day, Special Operations Command sent an email to soldiers and civilians at the Special Warfare Center and School, acknowledging and apologizing for the incident. The email stated that the behavior did not reflect the Army’s values and that they take professionalism seriously.

“The action is not reflective of our Army Values, and we take the professionalism of our people and our mission very seriously,” the email read. “We offer our sincere apologies to anyone who observed the highly inappropriate content and any impact on viewers of the ceremony.”

The US Army Criminal Investigation Division’s Cyber Crimes Unit is now looking into the incident, as reported by Task & Purpose.

“We are aware of an incident that occurred during the live stream of 1st Special Warfare Training Group’s Change of Command ceremony on May 30,” a spokesperson said. “We take this matter seriously and are reviewing our procedures to prevent future incidents.”

The 1st Special Warfare Training Group is part of the Special Warfare Center and School. This group focuses on the initial training and education for soldiers aiming to join special operations, including psychological operations and the Special Forces, also known as the Green Berets.

The Army has advised anyone affected by the incident to contact their unit’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) representative.

The livestream incident has caused a significant reaction, creating controversy for some and humorous “meme material” for others.

The Army has been swift to attempt to bury the matter, but the optics of the event have quickly spiraled beyond their control.

This incident has raised questions about the security and monitoring of live-streamed events, especially those involving sensitive military ceremonies. The Army is likely to implement stricter measures to ensure such incidents do not happen again in the future.

As the investigation continues, the Army aims to reassure its personnel and the public that such behavior is not tolerated and that they are taking steps to uphold their values and standards.


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