More command leaders have lost their jobs in the forward-deployed Navy. Both of the senior officers of the Sasebo, Japan-based Amphibious Squadron 11 were fired on Feb. 24.

The squadron’s commander, Capt. George Doyon, was fired for mishandling multiple staff complaints of workplace harassment against the deputy commander, Capt. Jeff Oakey, over the past year.

Oakey was fired for “substandard performance,” according to Cmdr. Clayton Doss, spokesman for 7th Fleet, who confirmed the dismissal was because Oakey fostered a poor workplace environment.

None of the complaints against Oakey were sexual in nature, Doss said.

Navy sources familiar with the firing say an investigation was prompted by an IG complaint, which led to a review of recent command climate surveys. That investigation confirmed “multiple allegations” against Oakey and raised additional concerns, the official said.

Capt. Jeffrey Oakey, left, shown here when he was a commander and skipper of the amphibious transport dock ship New Orleans, was fired Feb. 24 for fostering a poor command climate. (MC1 Brien Aho/Navy)
Capt. Jeffrey Oakey, left, shown here when he was a commander and skipper of the amphibious transport dock ship New Orleans, was fired Feb. 24 for fostering a poor command climate. (MC1 Brien Aho/Navy)

Both officers have been assigned to temporary duty at Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo. They are not expected to face any further disciplinary action, Doss said.

The previous commander of the squadron, Capt. Ed Thompson, has assumed duties as acting commander. Thompson has been serving as the deputy commander of expeditionary Strike Group 7. He commanded PHIBRON-11 from May 2015 to March 2017.

Capt. Marc Boran, former deputy chief of staff for operations and plans at ESG-7, is now the squadron’s acting deputy commander.