Washington, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), Chair of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to the Navy’s decision to uphold the firing of Capt. Brett Crozier, the former commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt who was relieved of duty after raising the alarm about a Covid-19 outbreak on his ship in March.

“The Navy has decided to uphold the firing of Capt. Crozier, a man who spoke truth to power to protect his crew from a deadly pandemic. This, coupled with Gen. Milley debasing his uniform and our Armed Forces by participating in a blatant political stunt to crackdown on peaceful protestors at a church for the President’s photo-op, is cause for incredible alarm. These two actions go beyond misjudgments, they send a toxic message to commanders looking out for the welfare of their troops and undermine the role of our military being untainted by partisan politics. It also seriously calls into question the integrity of some our highest ranking military officials,” Chair Speier said. “Clearly, the Armed Services Committee needs to get to the bottom of this travesty of justice in order to thwart the chilling and calculated message it sends to all that the Department of Defense is not content to merely stand by, but is willingly aiding and abetting the President’s whims and delusions no matter the cost to our national defense, military, or servicemembers.”