Obama purges US military command (Part 2)

In 2012, 25 U.S. Navy commanders were relieved of duty. Here’s a list of the commanders, from the Stars and Stripes of September 12, 2012. The list is sure to grow because 2012 isn’t over yet.

1. Cmdr. Derick Armstrong, commanding officer of the guided missile destroyer USS The Sullivans, was relieved “as result of an unprofessional command climate that was contrary to good order and discipline.”

2. Cmdr. Martin Arriola, commanding officer of the USS Porter, fired Aug. 30 due to loss of confidence in his ability to command after the vessel collided with a tanker.

3. Capt. Antonio Cardoso, commanding officer of Training Support Center San Diego, fired Sept. 21 for violating the Navy’s policy on hazing.

4. Capt. James CoBell, commanding officer of Oceana Naval Air Station’s Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic, was fired Sept. 10 pending an investigation into his leadership.

5. Cmdr. Joseph E. Darlak was replaced as the skipper of the USS Vandegrift on Nov. 2, after a rowdy and booze-fueled port visit to Vladivostok, Russia, in the month previous.

6. Cmdr. Franklin Fernandez, commanding officer of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 24, fired Aug. 21 due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command for allegedly driving under the influence.

7. Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette was replaced as commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis pending the outcome of an internal investigation into allegations of inappropriate judgment, the Navy announced on Oct. 27.

8. Cmdr. Ray Hartman, commanding officer of the amphibious dock-landing ship Fort McHenry,  dismissed Nov. 19 for allegations of misconduct.

9. Cmdr. Jon Haydel, commanding officer of the amphibious transport dock USS San Diego, fired March 12 amid an investigation into “personal misconduct.”

10. Cmdr. Diego Hernandez, commanding offer of the ballistic-missile submarine USS Wyoming, relieved Feb. 4 after he was convicted in an admiral’s mast of dereliction of duty for mishandling classified materials.

11. Cmdr. Lee Hoey, commanding officer of the Navy Drug Screening Laboratory, San Diego, fired May 1 due to poor command climate.

12. Cmdr. Dennis Klein, commander of the submarine USS Columbia, fired May 1 for inadequate performance in administration and operations.

13. Capt. Marcia “Kim” Lyons, commander of Naval Health Clinic New England, relieved April 6 after problems were identified in an annual command climate survey.

14. Capt. Chuck Litchfield was relieved from command of the USS Essex after it collided with the replenishment oiler Yukon off the Southern California coast on May 16.

15. Capt. Robert Marin, commander of the USS Cowpens, relieved Feb. 10 on suspicion of “inappropriate personal behavior.”

16. Capt. Sean McDonell, commander of Seabee reserve unit Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 in Jacksonville, Fla., relieved of duty Nov. 26 for mismanagement and unspecified “major program deficiencies.”

17. Cmdr. Corrine Parker, head of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 1, fired April 16 after an investigation revealed the possible falsification of administrative records.

18. Capt. Lisa Raimondo, commander of Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, Md., relieved of command on June 29 due to a  “a significant lack of leadership and integrity that eroded good order and discipline in the command.”

19. Capt. Jeffrey Riedel, program manager of the Littoral Combat Ship program, was “temporarily reassigned” pending a command investigation into allegations of inappropriate personal behavior.

20. Cmdr. Sara Santoski, commanding officer of the Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15, fired Sept. 1 due to a loss of confidence in her ability to command following a crash that resulted in the death of two sailors.

21. Cmdr. Sheryl Tannahill, commanding officer of Navy Operational Support Center Nashville, relieved of command Sept. 16 amid allegations of an inappropriate relationship.

22. Cmdr. Michael Ward, commanding officer of the USS Pittsburgh, fired Aug. 10 for personal misconduct.

23. Capt. Michael Wiegand, commanding officer of Southwest Regional Maintenance Center in San Diego, relieved Nov. 8 amid allegations that funds were misused under his watch.

24. Capt. Ted Williams, commanding officer of the Mount Whitney in Italy, was fired Nov. 19 for allegations of misconduct.

25. Cmdr. Jeffrey Wissel, commander of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1, fired Feb. 27 amid allegations of “personal misconduct.”

H/t my friend Mark S. McGrew

~Eowyn

6 responses to “Obama purges US military command (Part 2)

  1. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for Part 2, exposing the purging of the U.S. Military. This is utterly shameful and so unjust that it cries to high heaven. These wonderful people who served our country admirably, being cut off from their rightful pension and/or health benefits. This action is horrible!

  2. I know that in any walk of life including the military, of which I have been a part for so many years; that there are bad apples. However, there’s a really alarming pattern which Obama has set. It started with the top brass like Gauoette, Ham, Sinclair, etc, and it is tricklign down. Who are the people taking over for them………………… Obama’s programmed replacements. If you are not alarmed now, you shoudl be! And you need to create a chain of information on the net that will be sure ot get to virtually anyone who read the net. Tell your friends, your enemies, your family.; for crying out loud, CONFRONT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND DEMAND ANSWERS.

  3. I guess the Bastard has to fire hiself, for all the misconduct and trying to destroy the Constitution when he took an oath to protect it! Semper Fi.

  4. Impeach Obama for Treason – Tancredo on Benghazi, Libya!

    http://teapartyorg.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=4301673%3ABlogPost%3A1109095&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_post

    “Food For Thought”
    Semper Fi!
    Jake

  5. If high ranking flag officers were discussing overthrowing the government and all they got was fired, they got off light.

    That is the very definition of treason.

    Military members, especially officers have to watch who they associate with. Associate with an anti-government group and will get removed no matter who is in the white house.

    All you people putting such a dark face to this need to be reminded that the President is the commander in chief and all in the military must obey his lawful orders.

    In 1988, the commander of the 24th ID(2 star general), was removed from his position 4 months into his tour. I was there, having to suffer through 2 division change of commands in such a short time. It was kept very hush hush, with lots of rumor, from DUI to him going insane. No one even thought to mention he might be anti-Reagan…

    Just because you don’t like the current white house resident, doesn’t mean there was no cause for any of this Furthermore, O-5′s and O-6′s aren’t near the same standing as flag officers, not even close. Any removal of the mid-level officers are strictly internal actions by the appropriate department and the white house, much less the DoD will have no knowledge of these acts, Futhermore, this sort of thing has been going on in the military since forever.

    I remember being called a traitor when protesting Bush’s illegal wars. I guess treason for the right wing means something entirely different

    GOPers:

    When a GOP member is in the white house, it is treason to disagree.
    When a non-GOP member is in the white house it is treason to agree with him

    Funny how there is 1 line in the GOP and you better toe it, it in the dem party, disagreement amongst the various factions is expected.

    Don’t forget Obama got 52% of the popular vote and 62% of the electoral college. He is duly elected and is your president. Deal with it. We survived double-digit IQ dubya, out to lunch death-squad supporting Reagan, drug war juntu man Bush, BJ loving Clinton, we will be just fine in 2016.

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