A congressional provision designed to improve health care and oversight for military trainees — one named after Kyle Mullen of Manalopan, who died during Navy SEAL training earlier this year — took a big step closer to becoming law Thursday.

That should give Kyle’s mother, Regina Mullen, at least some comfort.

But a more serious issue loomed on Regina’s radar, sending the longtime Manalopan resident’s stomach into knots. The results of the Navy chain of command investigation are expected this month. She is convinced that Capt. Brad Geary, the commander in charge of Mullen’s SEAL training, will not only avoid disciplinary action beyond the reprimand he has already received, but will also remain in line for a promotion by the review board that hears such matters.

“What I expect from them and what I want to do are different things,” Regina told the Asbury Park Press. “I want people put on trial and removed from office, starting at the top.”

Regina Mullen is hugged by friends before the ceremony.  Before the game, a memorial ceremony was held for Kyle Mullen, the former Manalapan star who died during a Navy SEALs practice in February.  Middletown South Football vs. Manalopan in Manalopan, NJ.  September 9, 2022

‘My Hero’:Manalapan mom honors son Kyle Mullen at funeral after Navy SEAL training death

Kyle Mullen, a former Manalopan High School football and basketball standout who later played football at Yale and Monmouth universities, died Feb. 4 in San Diego, hours after completing the grueling part of SEAL training known as “Hell Week.” A a military autopsy revealed the cause of death was pneumonia and revealed the 24-year-old was not treated until it was too late.

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