Allegations of Toxic Leadership
In an unfolding story highlighting the military’s ongoing battle against toxic leadership, Col. Jonathan Chung, commander of the Army’s 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB), has been suspended due to allegations of creating a hostile environment for his subordinates. Chung, who held the command position at the 5th SFAB, headquartered at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, since July 2021, was suspended in April 2023.
Although the specific incident that triggered Chung’s suspension remains undisclosed, the Army’s reluctance to comment on the investigation has not stopped insiders from coming forward. Military.com reported that ten soldiers, who worked closely with Chung at both the 5th SFAB and his previous command with the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, portrayed his leadership as abrasive and detrimental to unit cohesion and morale. However, none of the soldiers accused Chung of criminal behavior or sexual misconduct.