NAVY STRIKE FORCE FIGHTER COMMANDER FIRED
CMDR KURT BOHIKEN FOUND GUILTY AT ADMIRALS
MAST - RELIEVED AS COMMANDER OF VFA-151
NAVAL ACADEMY GRAD (1997) HAD BEEN ACCUSED
OF "MALTREATING" A SUBORDINATE AND FAILING
TO OBEY AN ORDER OR REGULATION
Kurt Bohiken was a hotshot fighter-pilot straight out of the movie TOP GUN.
He was an excellent aviator and had many hours at the controls of F-14 Tomcats. The 1997 Naval Academy graduate was destined for great things.
Promotion to captain and then flag rank was in his future. But then came an incident that likely will sink his career under the waves.
A charge of "maltreatment" of a subordinate and also "disobeying an order or regulation" was lodged against the Navy commander.
WHY THE WALL OF SILENCE?
At admirals mast, Rear Admiral Ron Boxoll found the accusations substantiated and relieved Bohiken from his high-profile post as commanding officer of VFA-151 at Lemoore Naval Station in California.
Bohiken has since been reassigned to a desk job, his military career - for all intensive purposes - over.
Here's the strange thing about all this. We have run into a stone wall in trying to find out who the complainant is, or even if they are male or female. Also, we can't get information on exactly what form the "maltreatment" took.
[EDITOR'S NOTE -- If any of our readers at Lemoore and elsewhere have some INTEL for us in that regard, we'd be happy to receive it. Of course, your identity will absolutely be protected. Thank you.]