Wednesday, March 18, 2015
STRACOMMWING ONE FIRED
Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNAP), relieved the commander of Strategic Communications Wing 1 (SCW 1) and Task Force (TF) 124 - Captain Heather E. Cole at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma on March 17, due to a "loss of confidence in her ability to lead".
The firing was the result of initial findings of an investigation, which determined that Captain Cole had not performed up to the high standards demanded of a Navy officer in command. (See the CNO's "Charge of Command" HERE for specifics).
Captain Cole has been temporarily assigned to the CNAP staff pending the final adjudication of the case. Captain Brian McCormick, the former deputy commander of SCW 1 and TF 124, has been assigned as acting commander of the wing and task force.
SCW1's aircraft allow the president and the secretary of defense to directly contact the submarines, bombers and land-based missiles that comprise the nation's strategic nuclear force.
A spokeswoman, Cmdr. Jeannie Groeneveld, said the firing was based on findings of an investigation into deficiencies in her management of the wing. Details were not released.