DEPUTY COMMANDER OF NAVY CARRIER
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It had been a fairy-tale type career for CAPT Brent Blackmer ever since the star athlete (football and wrestling) graduated from Deering High School in Portland, Maine and entered the Naval Academy in 1990.
Tall, handsome, with a Pepsodent smile, the super-achiever "four-striper" was well on his way to flag rank, until that night in Norfolk. just a few weeks ago.
The Navy is being tight-lipped about just what the captain did to get himself fired as deputy commander of Carrier Air Wing One, but it must have been a real doozy. All we know for sure at press time is the incident that may well have ruined his military career took place while he was ashore on "liberty."
ACTIONS REPRESENTED "POOR JUDGEMENT"
A Navy public relations flak said Blackmer had been relieved of his duties "after he acted in an unprofessional manner." No further details were given, but MCC was told the 1994 USNA graduate's actions "reflected poor judgement" and that he "failed to meet and uphold personal and professional standards."
Is that a lot to words to simply say he got drunk? Were any females involved? We shall see.
The 46 year-old Maine native had more than 4,000 flight hours under his belt, with nearly 1,000 carrier landings at sea. Now he's piloting a desk while the Navy decides what to do with him. CAPT Robert Gentry has replaced Blackmer in the post he had held since October of 2016.