The Naval Sea Systems Command has joined other Navy commands that lack Senate-confirmed leadership due to Vice Adm. William Galinis’ retirement. This leadership void has arisen as Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., halted the military confirmation process, impacting over 300 flag and general officers awaiting promotions and assignments. The impasse over the Pentagon’s abortion policy means this number could rise to 650 by the end of the year. Despite the setbacks, acting leaders are fully empowered to undertake their assigned missions.
- Vice Adm. William Galinis retired, leaving the Naval Sea Systems Command without a Senate-confirmed three-star admiral, instead being led by an acting two-star admiral.
- Sen. Tommy Tuberville has blocked the military confirmation process since February, causing over 300 officers to be stuck in promotional limbo.
- By year-end, the number of affected officers might reach 650, with 83 three- or four-star positions becoming vacant within the next 150 days.
- Officers moving to one- or two-star roles won’t receive the salary increase tied to these positions or potential back pay until Senate approvals.
- Despite the leadership challenges, acting leaders remain fully authorized to manage their commands and fulfill their duties.