Sunday, February 28, 2010
Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Pensacola "temporarily removed"
Captain William P. Reavey (EA-6B/NFO), an Aviation Officer Candidate School graduate in Pensacola in 1984, who returned to Pensacola as its Commanding Officer in 2008 was "temporarily removed" on 26 February by Rear Adm. Tim Alexander. The admiral is the commander of Navy region southeast. Captain Reavey's Executive Officer, Commander Greg A. Thomas, will serve as acting commanding officer until completion of the inquiry into allegations of misconduct by the Commanding Officer.
VIDEO ANNOUNCEMENT HERE.
Let's hope this really is a temporary thing and that they complete their investigation quickly and Captain Reavey is returned to his command. It's not often that the Navy makes the comment that a CO has been "temporarily removed" from command. The expectation must be that he will be exonerated, though much damage has already been done.
It is important to remember that more than 1500 officers carry the title of Commanding Officer in the Navy and less that 30 of those officers are relieved of their duties each year. Captain Reavey is the 6th, this year.