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2015 firings: Commanding officer, XO and senior enlisted

September 15, 2015 (Photo Credit: Navy)

Below is the full list of Navy commanding officers, executive officers and senior enlisted leaders who have been removed from their posts in 2015, as announced or confirmed by Navy officials:

Commanding officer:

  • Capt. John Nettleton, the head of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, was relieved in January amid an investigation of an alleged affair with a woman on the base and the recent death of her husband. 
  • Cmdr. Tory Swanson, CO of the attack submarine Mississippi, was fired in February due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.
  • Capt. Michial Warrington, CO of U.S. Naval Hospital Rota, Spain, was fired in March after an investigation found he had behaved inappropriately. 
  • Capt. Heather Cole, commodore of the Navy's Strategic Communications Wing 1, was fired in March after a loss of confidence in her ability to lead. 
  • Capt. Rachel Haltner, CO of the hospital ship Comfort’s medical treatment facility, was fired in March amid an investigation into the command climate.
  • Capt. Maria Majar, the CO of the Multinational Medical Unit at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan was removed in March alongside Master Chief Hospital Corpsman Shane Reece amid a toxic command climate investigation.
  • Capt. John Banigan, skipper of the cruiser Lake Erie, was fired in April due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command. The investigation also questioned his judgment for allowing an adopted pygmy goat named Master Chief Charlie ride the ship from Hawaii to California.
  • Cmdr. Kurt Bohlken, the CO of Strike Fighter Squadron 151, was fired in May for allegedly mistreating a sailor.
  • Lt. Cmdr. Alisha Hamilton, CO of the patrol coastal ship Shamal, was fired in August following an investigation that found alleged inappropriate behavior.  
  • Cmdr. Patrick Foster, CO of the destroyer Barry, was relieved in August for "poor judgment, failure to meet and uphold the highest personal and professional standards, and poor program management,” the Navy said. 
  • Lt. Cmdr. Angela Cox, the CO of Navy Operational Support Center Earle, New Jersey, was removed from her post in August for fostering a poor command climate.
  • Cmdr. Daniel Lombardo, the CO of the attack sub Springfield, was fired in September for professional shortcomings, the Navy said.
  • Capt. Brian Sorenson, CO of the cruiser Anzio, was sacked in September amid allegations of personal misconduct.
  • Lt. Cmdr. Linda McCauley, CO of the minesweeper Dextrous, was fired in September amid an investigation of alleged misconduct. 
  • Capt. Shawn Lobree, CO of the University of Oklahoma's Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, was fired in September along with Cmdr. Shannon Corkill for alleged misuse of funds. 
  • Cmdr. Djamal Pullom, CO of Navy Recruiting District Seattle, was canned in October for allegedly not following federal travel regulations and misusing government funds for his personal gain.   
  • Lt. Cmdr. Bethany Busch, CO of the Bahrain-based patrol coastal ship Whirlwind, was fired in November for alleged misbehavior.
  • Cmdr. Regina Cox, CO of Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS), Sicily, was relieved in November after a command investigation into improper civilian hiring practices.
  • Rear Adm. David Baucom, the director of Strategy, Policy, Capabilities and Logistics for U.S. Transportation Command, was ousted from his post in October after an investigation into his alcohol-fueled misconduct at an April trade conference. 
  • Lt. Cmdr. Glenn Ruedy, CO of Navy Operational Support Center Green Bay, was canned in December amid an investigation into allegations of inappropriate and demeaning behavior.

Executive officer:

  • Capt. Kurt Henry, the No. 2 at NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit, based at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, was fired in July amid allegations of sexual harassment and a negative command climate.
  • Cmdr. Vinny Wood, the XO of Trident Refit Facility, Kings Bay, Georgia, was fired in August for allegedly flouting a military protective order and carrying on an unduly familiar relationship with a civilian employee.
  • Cmdr. Shannon Corkill, XO of the University of Oklahoma's Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, was fired in September along with Capt. Shawn Lobree for alleged misuse of funds.  
  • Cmdr. C. Patrick Smith, the XO of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 55 in Point Mugu, California, was relieved of his duties in December, only months before taking command due to professional shortcomings. 

Senior enlisted:

  • Command Master Chief Bryan Bymer, the CMC of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 12, was fired in January for fraternization that occurred at a previous duty station.
  • Master Chief Hospital Corpsman Shane Reece was fired from the Multinational Medical Unit at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, along with commanding officer Capt. Maria Majar, amid toxic command climate investigation.
  • Fleet Master Chief Marco Ramirez, the senior enlisted leader of U.S. Pacific Fleet, was relieved for loss of confidence after a command investigation into allegations he violated travel rules.
  • Command Senior Chief Aurelio Ayala, the senior enlisted leader of the hospital ship Comfort’s medical facility, was fired in July for allegedly getting drunk and acting up at a reception for the president of Panama.
  • Command Master Chief Ralph Crowder, the CMC of the destroyer Pinckney, was removed in July after an equal opportunity complaint and a poor command climate survey.
  • Command Master Chief Jeff VanBlaracum, the CMC of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, was canned in July after allegedly driving drunk on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, where his truck struck a fence. 
  • Command Master Chief Torrence Kelly, the top sailor aboard the destroyer Barry only five months, was relieved in August for substandard performance.
  • Command Master Chief Adrian McCown, the CMC of the destroyer Michael Murphy, was fired in October based on the preliminary findings of an ongoing command investigation.

SOURCE: NAVY 

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