The incident that led to the whistleblowing and the denial of the promotion began in July 2011 at the Norfolk Navy base travel office, Grassley said. “There was a minor dispute over who should pay for his daughter’s airline ticket to Germany. As a Coast Guard Academy cadet, she was not entitled to travel as a dependent at taxpayers’ expense,” he said. ”
Although Adm. Losey, his wife, and staff allegedly ‘pestered’ the travel office to pay for the ticket, Adm. Losey eventually purchased it with his own money. Nonetheless, the incident triggered a Hotline complaint on July 13, 2011. Adm. Losey was informed of the complaint two months later. It was all downhill from there,” Grassley said.
“After learning of the anonymous Hotline tip, Adm. Losey was reportedly ‘livid.’ He saw it as an act of disloyalty and ‘a conspiracy to undermine his command.’ He reportedly developed a list of suspects and began a punitive hunt for moles,” the senator said. “In his drive to root out the moles, he created a ‘toxic’ environment in his command. His seemingly reckless behavior and blatant disregard for the law and well-being of his subordinates led to his downfall,” Grassley said.