When Army Capt. William Swenson received the Medal of Honor last year — the first living officer to earn one since Vietnam — he received more than the traditional accolades.
He also got an apology.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offered the highly unusual mea culpa at the official Pentagon Hall of Hero’s induction ceremony Oct. 16. Speaking directly to Swenson, Hagel said: “We’re sorry you and your family had to endure through that.”
That was a reference to Swenson’s botched nomination packet, which got lost within U.S. military headquarters in Afghanistan amid a whirlwind of politics, controversy and scandalous intrigue.
The details of how Swenson’s packet got lost were detailed for the first time in a Defense Department Inspector General report released to Military Times under the Freedom of Information Act.
I suspect someone buried the recommendation after CPT Swenson was critical of the rules of engagement.