Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Top enlisted fired from submarine Nebraska

Feb. 10, 2012 - 01:59PM   |   Last Updated: Feb. 10, 2012 - 01:59PM  |  
Master Chief Electronics Technician David Turley, former chief of the boat on the submarine Nebraska's gold crew, speaks to students during Omaha Navy Week in 2011.
Master Chief Electronics Technician David Turley, former chief of the boat on the submarine Nebraska's gold crew, speaks to students during Omaha Navy Week in 2011. (MCCS Gary Ward / Navy)
  • Filed Under

The top enlisted man on a Bangor, Wash.-based ballistic-missile submarine was fired Jan. 3 for "administrative reasons," a Submarine Group 9 spokesman confirmed Thursday.

Master Chief Electronics Technician (SS) David Turley was chief of the boat of Nebraska's gold crew before he was fired by Capt. Paul Skarpness, then-commander of Submarine Squadron 17, SUBGRU 9 spokesman Lt. Ed Early said. Turley is the first top enlisted member at a command to be fired in 2012; 13 were http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/12/navy-2011-co-xo-cmc-firings/">fired last year.

After his relief, the Navy began an investigation into allegations that Turley had had an inappropriate relationship with a female Naval Academy midshipman onboard Nebraska, officials familiar with the investigation said.

The firing came only a month after the first female submariners arrived in the fleet. They began reporting to ballistic-missile subs Wyoming and Maine and guided-missile subs Georgia and Ohio.

Turley's relief was "unconnected" to allegations of an inappropriate relationship aboard the sub, Early said. Due to privacy concerns, he declined to comment on the nature of the alleged relationship or whether Turley was a subject of the investigation.

"Appropriate actions were taken for those who did not meet the high standards we expect," Early said.

Early also declined to specify what "administrative reasons" led to Turley's relief.

Asked why SUBGRU 9 did not disclose the firing until pressed by Navy Times, Early said that because Turley wasn't "relieved for cause," there was no requirement to make his relief public.

The academy investigated the allegations as soon as they learned of them, academy spokesman Cmdr. William Marks said in an email. "The midshipman is being processed through our misconduct system; however, I cannot speculate on any potential disciplinary action until the adjudication is complete."

Turley, 41, of Gardenville, Nev., joined the Navy in 1991, according to Navy Personnel Command records. Over his 21-year career, he served aboard eight subs and joined the gold crew as COB in April 2010. Turley was selected for E-9 last May and frocked after that, Early said.

Turley has been reassigned to Naval Submarine Support Center Bangor.

Turley did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Answers by RallyPoint

Join trending discussions in the military's #1 professional community. See what members like yourself have to say from across the DoD.

More In News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan
Rates

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.


This Week's Navy Times

This Week's Navy Times

Best federal contractors
The companies hiring the most veterans now

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

Classifieds
MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.
Woman who cried rape
(3 replies)
   Last Post: TJMAC77SP
        May 3, 2014 1:32 PM
   Last Post: garhkal
        May 1, 2014 5:03 PM
Cliven Bundy
(45 replies)
   Last Post: Chief_KO
        Apr 26, 2014 9:49 AM
Handbooks

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook