"BLOOD ON THE WATER!" - NAVY BLUES, AS MORE
SKIPPERS AND A COMMAND MASTER CHIEF FIRED
ONE FOR ASSAULT ON ANOTHER OFFICER - CMDR
CHARLES MANSFIELD ALLEGED TO HAVE STRUCK
SUBORDINATE CREW MEMBER IN DD MAHAN'S COC
CAPT RON GERO OUT AS COMMANDER OF GUIDED
MISSLE SUB OHIO - COMMAND MASTER CHIEF
DAVID STITT OF CARRIER THEODORE ROOSEVELT
SAID TO HAVE BEEN CAUGHT MAKING FALSE
STATEMENT DURING AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION
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The body count reached 15 this week, as Navy brass fired yet another commanding officer, this one, skipper of the ballistic missile submarine USS Ohio. At this rate, by Christmas, we could have a new record for C.O.'s being made to "walk the plank."
Capt. Ron Gero, commander of the Bangor, Wash.-based sub since 2008, was canned because Rear Adm. James Caldwell, commander of Submarine Group 9, "lost confidence" in Gero's "ability to lead." As usual, few details were disclosed in the Navy press release, other than to say Gero was sacked for "improper personal behavior."
It's the end of the line for 25-year veteran Gero, who also commanded the fast-attack sub Buffalo from 2002 to 2005.
SHADES OF "HORRIBLE HOLLY GRAF"
The case of CMDR Charles Mansfield, XO of the DD Mahan, and scheduled to have been the ship's new skipper in a short time, is most interesting.
Mansfield is said to have been fired at admiral's mast because he supposedly struck a subordinate officer in the ship's COC. Let's hope it was a one-time thing, a "glancing blow," and not a pattern of bad behavior, like that displayed by "Horrible Holly Graf," still drawing pay as a full captain in the Navy while timid politicians at the Pentagon decide her fate. Unlike Graf, Mansfield has no sister who's an admiral, or powerful friends among "The Sisterhood."
The Mahan is presently in port at Norfolk, Va.
TOP-RANKING CHIEF CAUGHT "MAKING FALSE OFFICIAL STATEMENT"
It's quite rare for the top enlisted man aboard a major warship to be fired, but that's exactly what happened to Command Master Chief David Stitt of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.
This E-9 can kiss his Naval career good-bye after being allegedly caught making a false official statement during an on-board investigation. The Navy isn't disclosing just what the probe was about, but lying in any such case for a top-ranker is most definitely a career-killer.
Stitt's "unique position of trust and confidence has been lost," said Capt. William Hart, the carrier's skipper.
The mighty Roosevelt is at Newport News for now, undergoing a complete overhaul.
MORE NAMES ADDED TO THE DISHONORED LIST
And so it goes. Unlike the corrupt Air Force, where no flag officer has been court martialed in 63 years, and pampered and protected pets like the arrogant Jill Metzger can operate with impunity, top Navy admirals don't appear to be reluctant to "pull the trigger" on misbehaving ship commanders, as well as others in high positions of trust.
Readers of MilitaryCorruption.com found out first, right here, that Capt. David Solms, (see "'related stories box" below) was recently relieved of command at the Trident Training Facility, and a certain female Naval Academy grad, just got the boot in Bahrain.
Many are watching to see if Graf gets away with her laundry list of misdeeds. This former skipper of the cruiser USS Cowpens, relieved of command in February for "cruelty and maltreatment" of her crew, needs to be busted down a few stripes and put out to pasture before she sucks up much more of the taxpayers' money while waiting to face a retention board. If the Pentagon is playing the "waiting game," hoping the fuss over her "femi-nazi" behavior blows over so they can "save" her career, they are sadly mistaken. We intend to "stay on" this story like the morning dew, and will not let them insult members of the Fleet any further.
Battle-axe Capt. Ruth "the Cat Woman" Cooper, now retired, was fired from command at Newport, R.I., yet fed off the pig's trough at the Pentagon for two more years as a flunkie for the now thankfully-gone former Chief of Naval Operations Vern Clark. So there is plenty of precedent for "slugs" staying on the payroll. To the Navy we say, "Get out the rope" and string up the offenders, but don't forget - the sailors are watching. And we are, too. Make sure bad officers, as well as chiefs and lower ranks, get what's coming to them.