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Training center CO fired after hazing probe

Sep. 21, 2012 - 09:34PM   |   Last Updated: Sep. 21, 2012 - 09:34PM  |  
Capt. Antonio Cardoso
Capt. Antonio Cardoso (Navy)
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The Navy on Friday said it had fired the commanding officer of a San Diego-based schoolhouse after a hazing investigation.

Capt. Antonio Cardoso, head of Training Support Center San Diego, was fired by Rear Adm. Don Quinn, commander of Naval Education and Training Command, "due to a loss of confidence in Cardoso's ability to command," according to a news release.

Cardoso is the 18th commanding officer fired this year.

Cardoso was fired amid claims of hazing during the course of a captain's mast, the Navy said.

"The investigation centered on personnel … being required to wear seabags on their backs for extended periods of time," the release said. "The actions were investigated and confirmed as violations of the Navy's policy on hazing."

NETC spokeswoman Cmdr. Kelly Brannon said Marines were made to stand with loaded sea bags while waiting for non-judicial punishment. She wouldn't say how many Marines were involved.

Cardoso, a limited duty officer who took command of TSC San Diego in February 2011, was promoted to captain in 2009,">according to Navy Times reports. He has been reassigned to administrative duties at Navy Region Southwest headquarters. Cmdr. Jon Grant, a former executive officer of TSC San Diego, has taken interim command until a permanent relief is chosen.

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