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Helo squadron XO fired for sexual comments

Jul. 16, 2012 - 04:52PM   |   Last Updated: Jul. 16, 2012 - 04:52PM  |  
Cmdr. Alan C. Aber
Cmdr. Alan C. Aber (Navy)
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SAN DIEGO — The executive officer of a helicopter squadron was removed from his post Sunday for making inappropriate comments to a subordinate, a Navy spokesman said Monday.

Cmdr. Alan C. Aber, the second in command of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71, was fired for misconduct after Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette determined Aber had violated the Navy's policy on sexual harassment, said Lt. Aaron Kakiel, a Naval Air Forces spokesman in Coronado, Calif.

Aber appeared at admiral's mast before Gaouette, who commands Carrier Strike Group 3 aboard the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis, which is training at sea.

Aber's firing came after Cmdr. Todd Glaser, HSM-71's commanding officer, began an investigation into an allegation that Aber made "inappropriate comments to a single member of the squadron," Kakiel said. "It's relatively recent that the event occurred," he added.

The squadron's XO since June 2011, Aber had been slated to take command of the squadron this year. But now the officer is temporarily reassigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing-Pacific in San Diego, awaiting his next assignment. A replacement has not yet been determined.

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