The commanding officer of Navy Recruiting District Seattle, was fired Oct. 5 for allegedly not following federal travel regulations and misusing government funds for his personal gain.   

Cmdr. Djamal Pullom was relieved fired by Capt.ain John P. Lewis, commander of Navy Recruiting Region West, on Oct. 5 due to loss of confidence in his ability to command after an investigation uncovered the irregularities.

Cmdr. Thavee Douangaphaivong, the recruiting region's deputy commander, has been was assigned as the acting CO until a permanent commander is identified and assigned, according to Navy Recruiting Command.  

Cmdr. Pullom has been was assigned to the Naval Station Everett in Everett, Washington, pending the final adjudication of his case. Officials say the findings on Pullom are being reviewed up the chain, and any further disciplinary or administrative action, if warranted, has yet to be decided, officials say

According to his Navy biography, Pullom is a 1995 Naval Academy graduate and career submariner. He served on the first onboard the fast attack submarine San Juan. Later, he was the navigator and operations officer for five patrols on ballistic-missile submarine Nevada, Blue Crew, and served as the the first two patrols as the executive officer of the guided-missile submarine Ohio for its first two patrols as an SSGN after that boat was converted into an SSGN. He also served as deputy assistant chief of staff for operations during a Western Pacific and Middle East deployment with Carrier Strike Group 3.

Mark D. Faram is a former reporter for Navy Times. He was a senior writer covering personnel, cultural and historical issues. A nine-year active duty Navy veteran, Faram served from 1978 to 1987 as a Navy Diver and photographer.

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