On USS George H.W. Bush ‘Stress Comes From the Top Down’

On USS George H.W. Bush ‘Stress Comes From the Top Down’
U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Brooke Macchietto

As local and federal authorities launch investigations into the deaths of sailors from the Navy aircraft carrier U.S.S. George H.W. Bush after a string of recent suicides, interviews with former crew members and an official Pentagon report from 2018 show a disconnect within the command climate between the lower enlisted and senior ranks.

An official survey obtained by Newsweek through the Freedom of Information Act and published here for the first time, details how roughly a third of the ship's entire crew perceived the command climate aboard the aircraft carrier in May 2018. The ship's current commanding officer, Navy Captain Sean R. Bailey, conducted the survey about four months after assuming command of the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush from now-Rear Admiral Will Pennington in January 2018.

Of the 16 major categories which make up the overall unit summary, the responses from 915 Bush crew members resulted in 14 areas of caution when compared to the rest of the U.S. Navy.

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