One-star USMC general has been temporarily suspended

The highest ranking member of the US Marine Corps has temporarily suspended a high level adviser for allegedly creating a 'hostile work environment.' 

General Robert Neller, the commandant of the Marine Corps, took action against Brigadier General Norman L. Cooling pending the outcome of a Defense Department review, Neller said in a written statement on Wednesday.

Cooling has served as Neller's legislative assistant since July.

'We are committed to being an organization in which every Marine has the opportunity to serve at their full potential, unimpeded by discrimination, bias, or hostile working conditions,' Neller said.

Gen Robert Neller (pictured), the commandant of the Marine Corps, has temporarily suspended Brig Gen Norman L Cooling for allegedly creating a hostile work environment, pending the outcome of a Defense Department review

Gen Robert Neller, the commandant of the Marine Corps, has temporarily suspended Brig Gen Norman L Cooling (pictured) for allegedly creating a hostile work environment, pending the outcome of a Defense Department review

Gen Robert Neller (left), the commandant of the Marine Corps, has temporarily suspended Brig Gen Norman L Cooling (right) for allegedly creating a hostile work environment, pending the outcome of a Defense Department review

The Senate Armed Services Committee had asked Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to pursue allegations brought against Cooling of the creation of a hostile work environment, Neller said.

Neller did not provide further comment, personally, about the exact nature of the allegations. 

Cooling is accused

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