As part of an ongoing investigation concerning the death of a Navy SEAL candidate during the arduous Hell Week test, Navy Capt. Brian Drechsler, commander of the Naval Special Warfare Center, has been transferred to another position two months earlier.
Naval Special Warfare Center Commander, Navy Capt. Brian Drechsler, who received a reprimand due to the death of a Navy SEAL candidate, has been moved to another job two months early, as the Navy seeks new leadership for the Center. The move is part of an ongoing review to determine if additional punishment is warranted. Drechsler has not been formally relieved of duty, but such an investigation is likely to be a career-ender. SEAL candidate Kyle Mullen died of acute pneumonia after completing the grueling Hell Week test. The test is known for pushing candidates to their limits, both physically and mentally. Drechsler’s transfer is the first step in bringing in new leadership to address ongoing challenges, and Navy Capt. Mark Burke will take over command of the center.