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Eisenhower XO fired amid investigation

Jun. 1, 2011 - 05:47PM   |   Last Updated: Jun. 1, 2011 - 05:47PM  |  
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The executive officer of the Norfolk-based carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower was "temporarily reassigned" to staff duty last week pending the results of an ongoing investigation, Naval Air Force Atlantic confirmed Wednesday.

Capt. Marcus Hitchcock, Ike's commanding officer, removed Capt. Robert Gamberg from his position as the carrier's No. 2 officer on May 24, according to Cmdr. Phil Rosi, an AIRLANT spokesman.

Rosi said he couldn't comment on the precise nature of the investigation, saying it would be inappropriate while ongoing, but said that it is "not related to ship operations or safety or work performance."

Gamberg, a veteran EA-6B Prowler flier who earned his wings as a naval flight officer in April 1990, became the carrier's executive officer in November.

He has been temporarily reassigned to the AIRLANT staff, Rosi said.

Gamberg is the third executive officer">fired so far this year.

The Eisenhower is completing a docking planned incremental availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., according to Rosi.

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