Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator Bryce Henson, a former member of SEAL Team 6, is under investigation for alleged participation with or support of extremist groups. The Naval Special Warfare Command has confirmed the investigation, emphasizing that involvement with hate or extremist groups contradicts Navy values. Henson, who has appeared at rallies alongside individuals in Proud Boys’ attire, has denied any active membership in extremist groups.
- Bryce Henson’s Background: Henson, an active-duty Navy SEAL based in San Diego, has a history with SEAL Team 6 and the Joint Special Operations Command’s Development Group (DEVGRU).
- Nature of the Investigation: The investigation focuses on Henson’s alleged associations with extremist groups, although specific details and groups have not been disclosed by the Naval Special Warfare Command.
- Henson’s Public Appearances: Reports suggest Henson attended rallies where other participants wore Proud Boys attire, a group known for its white supremacist views and confrontations with left-wing protesters.
- Defense Department’s Stance on Extremism: The Defense Department recently expanded its definition of extremist activities to include advocacy of widespread unlawful discrimination based on various factors, including race and gender identity.
- Henson’s Past and Response: Before joining the Navy, Henson served in the Marine Corps. He has declined to comment on the investigation but expressed confidence that it will vindicate him of any wrongdoing.