Marine Commandant Robert Neller vowed “we’ll take action to correct this stain on our Marine Corps,” at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, promising to overhaul the culture which gave rise to websites which shared nude photos of female Marines.


Neller’s statement did not impress New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.


“Why should we believe it’s going to be different this time than it’s been in the past?” Shaheen asked.


“Is it going to be different? It’s got to be different,” Neller said.


“When you say to us it’s got to be different, that rings hollow,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.


Gillibrand pointed to a letter sent to the previous Marine commandant in 2013, identifying websites which denigrated female Marines.


“Who is being held accountable for doing nothing since 2013? Who? Which commander?” Gillibrand asked.


“I don’t have a good answer for you. I’m not going to sit here and duck around this thing. I’m not. I’m responsible. I’m the commandant. I own this,” Neller said.