An investigation into the command climate of 67th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade blasted the former commander as a “bullying leader” whose command triggered at least two congressional inquiries.
Nebraska National Guard Col. Philip Stemple, the brigade commander in Iraq until he was relieved in April, would publicly belittle, berate or disrespect fellow soldiers, according to an Army 15-6 investigation obtained by Army Times. He has since retired.
Stemple “created an overall environment of anxiety and degradation in which open communication and professional discussion were nearly impossible and members of his command lived in abject fear,” the investigator, Brig. Gen. Michael X. Garrett, deputy chief of staff of U.S. Forces-Iraq, said in his report.
Stemple’s brigade deployed to Iraq with 750 people in August 2010. The unit included two military intelligence battalions and provided intelligence support to three divisions spread throughout Iraq.