SQUADRON C.O. SACKED IN SEX SCANDAL
It was the usual boiler-plate announcement from the Navy public affairs office - that Capt. Scott Bawden, commodore of the Bangor, Washington-based Submarine Squadron 17 had been relieved of command. The reason - supposedly Rear Adm. Frank Drennan's feeling that Bawden should be fired due to "loss of confidence" in the ex-Marine enlisted man's ability to lead. But that was only part of it.
What the Navy brass don't want you to know, and what MilitaryCorruption.com has found out from our sources at the base is, Bawden is in big trouble over something to do with a female. And not just any woman, but we're told allegedly the captain was "involved with" the wife of one of his enlisted sailors. That is a big "NO-NO" in any branch of the military. And if it wasn't for Bawden's previously outstanding record, the sometimes abrasive commodore would have been put out the door already.
Capt. Brian McIlvaine, Bawden's former deputy, will replace the troubled four-striper. It was McIlvaine who stepped in to take the place of Cmdr. Charles A. Marquez after Bawden relieved that officer of command this past June.
NO PROMOTION TO ADMIRAL NOW - CAPT. STEPS ON HIS - - - -
"What goes around, comes around," said a chief petty officer who didn't want his name revealed. "Bawden was competent enough, but could be a real - - - - when he wanted to be," the chief said. The veteran submariner said the sacking of Capt. Bawden would probably "improve morale" in the squadron.
On paper, Bawden looked like a sure shot for promotion to admiral someday. But that was before he apparently "stepped on" an important part of his anatomy and got in the mess he finds himself today.
After seven years as an enlisted Marine, Bawden earned a degree in electrical engineering and with it, a Navy commission. When he was skipper of the submarine Providence, he received a Bronze Star, and just four years ago, Bawden was winner of the John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership presented by the Navy League.
When word first leaked out that Bawden was "getting the boot," some observers thought it had to do with the troubles on the sub Columbia regarding hazing and other difficulties. But we have learned that had nothing to do with the relief of command.
Some sailors are placing bets to see if the Navy takes the case to court-martial. Bawden remains innocent, of course, until proven guilty - and perhaps he's not guilty of fooling around with an enlisted man's spouse. All that will come out in time. But the question remains. Will the top brass save a onetime fair-haired boy's career, or will he end up "walking the plank?"
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