I witnessed U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer vote to move the prosecution of sexual assault crimes from the normal chain of command to trained investigators and watched in dismay as the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act was voted down.
The primary reason cited for voting down this amendment was the need to maintain discipline within the normal chain of command. I wholeheartedly disagree.
I was a surface warfare officer aboard a Navy frigate from 2007 to 2009. As a junior officer in 2008, I managed the sailors responsible for launching helicopters, small boats and general operation of a ship …