FIRED NAVY COMMANDER FIGHTS BACK
CAPT JAMES CoBELL WON'T GO QUIETLY
FORMER BOSS AT OCEANA NAVAL AIR STATION
FLEET READINESS CENTER "TEMPORARILY
RELIEVED" - NAVY SAYS CoBELL USED ABUSIVE
LANGUAGE, HAD SAILORS DO PERSONAL FAVORS
CAPTAIN CLAIMS ALL ALLEGATIONS "FOUND TO BE
UNSUBSTANTIATED" - DENIES MISUSE OF POSITIONS
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CAPT James CoBell isn't going quietly.
The four-striper and former commander of Fleet Readiness Center at Oceania Naval Air Station promises a fight to keep his job. Usually officers with nearly 30 years in, like CoBell, put in their papers and retire. Not so, CoBell. He intends to stay on in his position and if the Navy doesn't like it, to hell with them. The Midvale, Ohio native isn't about to walk the plank peacefully.
The first round in the dispute went to the Navy when they announced CoBell would be the 18th Navy commanding officer to be canned since the start of the year.
Apparently they miscalculated, because CoBell's not giving up. In fact, not ready to put in his papers, he has taken the extraordinary action of e-mailing his denial of charges to the Virginian-Pilot newspaper.
THE CAPTAIN CLAIMED HE WAS CLEARED ON ALL CHARGES
In his angry statement, CoBell claimed: "The reason for this investigation were allegations of fraud, waste and abuse, plus a hostile work environment. These allegations were found to be unsubstantiated by the investigating officer, who completed a thorough probe."
A Navy spokesperson countered: "CAPT CoBell misused his position in using subordinates for personal favors, used abusive language towards Naval personnel and failed to properly account for personal leave time."
It is rather bizarre for the Navy to "temporarily relieve" a senior officer pending completion of an investigation. It's almost as if someone up the food chain wanted to hurt CoBell whichever way the "look-see" turned out.
The embattled captain took command at Virginia Beach just last year. The readiness center's XO, CAPT Michael Zarkowski, has assumed the position of acting commander.