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Prowler squadron CO fired on deployment

Dec. 9, 2011 - 04:38PM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 9, 2011 - 04:38PM  |  
Cmdr. Jonathan Jackson was fired as commanding officer of Electronic Attack Squadron 134.
Cmdr. Jonathan Jackson was fired as commanding officer of Electronic Attack Squadron 134. (Navy)
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SAN DIEGO — The commander of a deployed EA-6B Prowler squadron was fired late Thursday following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations, the Navy announced Friday.

Cmdr. Jonathan Jackson was removed from command of Electronic Attack Squadron 134, which is deployed aboard the carrier Carl Vinson, after he appeared at admiral's mast before Rear Adm. Thomas Shannon, the Navy said in a statement issued Friday.

Jackson is the 22nd commanding officer fired in 2011.

Shannon, who commands Carrier Strike Group 1, found Jackson guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer and of violating a lawful general order after an investigation substantiated allegations of Jackson "creating and condoning an intimidating, hostile and offensive work environment in violation of [Navy] policy on sexual harassment," the Navy said in the statement.

Shannon relieved Jackson due to "loss of confidence in his ability to command," according to the statement. The commander received unspecified nonjudicial punishment.

Jackson is being reassigned to Electronic Attack Wing-Pacific at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., said Cmdr. Pauline Storum, a Naval Air Forces spokeswoman.

Cmdr. Gregory Byers, VAQ-134's executive officer, assumed command of the squadron, which is based at Whidbey. The squadron is deployed with Carrier Air Wing 17 aboard the Vinson, which left San Diego on Nov. 30 for a deployment expected to last six months.

Jackson, according to his official squadron biography, took command in August 2010 after serving as the squadron's executive officer for 16 months, a period that included a combat deployment to Afghanistan. He was commissioned in 1992.

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