PINK ELEPHANTS ROAM AND PIGS FLY IN THE SKY
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It had to happen sometime. And it finally has. A Navy officer has been relieved without the firing having to do with sex charges.
What torpedoed CMDR C. Patrick Smith's career was failure to improve job performance, despite both verbal and written counseling. The Navy finally pulled the plug on the New York native after repeated attempts to get the officer to make progress in his work duties.
The reasons the former XO of VF-55 lost his job were "professional in nature" said LT Ses Holzapfel, a flak for Naval Air Forces Reserve in Norfolk. He was fired by CAPT Scott Ergle, head of the Navy's Fleet Logistics Support Wing.
IS IT "CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR?"
A 1998 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Smith has been administratively reassigned to the Navy's Operational Support Center at Point Mugu, Calif. His executive officer position has been filled by CMDR Dan Pugh.
Since Smith has nearly 18 total years military service - combining active duty service and the time he has spent in the USNR since 2007 - there is a sticky problem of whether or not he will be allowed to stay in the system for another couple years. He will need that to reached minimum qualification for retirement and a military pension at age 60.
The Annapolis ring-knocker has 3000 hours in the air and is qualified to fly P-3 Orions and C-130 aircraft. Smith has worn his aviator's "wings" since 2000.