Thursday, July 21, 2011

15th Navy Commanding Officer Fired !

Commander Jason Strength, CO, Navy Recruiting District Nashville was fired on 19 July.  The former CO was “found to have acted in an unprofessional manner” both while on liberty around subordinates as well as in uniform at official Navy events in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in June, according to a statement from Navy Recruiting Command.  The Navy has not disclosed the details of the events that lead to Strength’s firing, but Navy Recruiting Command spokesman Commander Alvin Plexico said there was an investigation, and that Rear Admiral Robin Graf, commander of Navy Recruiting Command, relieved Strength for a "loss of confidence in his ability to command."
Rear Admiral Robin Graf's sister, Captain Holly A. Graf, was relieved of command of USS COWPENS for "loss of confidence in her ability to command." On 13 January 2010, Graf was relieved of command of USS Cowpens by Rear Admiral Kevin Donegan, commander of Carrier Strike Group FIVE, as non-judicial punishment stemming from an admiral's mast. The punishment followed an investigation which verified allegations of cruelty and maltreatment of her crew, and conduct unbecoming an officer. Graf was found to have violated Articles 93 and 133 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice during her tenure as skipper of COWPENS.

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