30 November 2011

5/2 SBCT Report Hammers Former Commander

We have covered the issues of 5/2 SBCT in Afghanistan before, with a long, multi-sourced post here, and another one in a BUB about Afghanistan here.
But now that the investigations have run their courses, the reports that are coming out are pretty damning, and all point at COL Tunnell.

The frustration and confusion that permeated the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, was so pervasive that the brigade almost wasn’t certified to deploy, and senior commanders in Afghanistan lost confidence in the brigade commander’s ability to lead, according to an Army investigation.

The 4,000-member brigade, commanded by Col. Harry Tunnell, was rife with lapses of discipline, misdirection and mixed signals about its mission in one of the most important regions of Afghanistan.

Much of the blame is put on Tunnell, whose lack of emphasis on administrative matters such as command inspections and urinalysis “may have helped create an environment in which misconduct could occur,” the investigation found.

How bad was the misconduct? You have to read the article, it's too much to try to list here.

By: Brant


Anonymous said...

How did that guy not get fired?! No wonder armchair QBs have such an easy time poking at senior leadership - this guy was one step from being a general ferchrisakes! and he's still in the Army!?!!

Mike P

Anonymous said...

With a name like "Hairy Tunnel", it's no wonder he had trouble relating to others....