Thursday, August 25, 2011

Navy Fires 17th Commanding Officer

Commander Laredo Bell, commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs, N.Y., was fired Wednesday following an August 20 driving while intoxicated arrest.  Rear Admiral Mark Boensel, commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, fired Bell due to a “loss of confidence in his ability to command.”

Commander Bell, a native of Birmingham, Alabama enlisted in the Navy in 1981 and was an initiated Chief Petty Officer before earning his commission as a limited duty officer in October 1992.

Commander Bell’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (10 Awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 Awards) along with numerous unit and service awards.

Commander Bell had been in command since December 2010.

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