SUB SKIPPER SACKED THREE WEEKS SHORT
OF CHANGE-OF-COMMAND - CMDR DIEGO
HERNANDEZ FIRED FOR THE "MISHANDLING
OF CLASSIFED DOCUMENTS" BUT WE HEAR
MAY BE MORE TO IT THAN THAT - NAVAL
ACADEMY GRAD HOLDS MASTERS DEGREE
FROM HARVARD - ONCE HAD BRIGHT FUTURE

© 2012 MilitaryCorruption.com

Diego Hernandez had it all. A 1991 Naval Academy graduate, holder of a masters degree from Harvard, the submarine skipper was destined for stars. What happened?

The official story is the commanding officer of the ballistic missile sub Wyoming was fired, just three weeks short of a routine change-of-command ceremony, because he allegedly "mishandled" classified documents. The Navy won't elaborate because they say to release details might reveal sensitive information.

But is that the real reason this top-rated officer was placed on the skids? Hernandez has been transferred to OPNAV staff at Arlington, Va. It looks like his stellar 21-year military career might be coming to an abrupt end.

WHAT'S THE REAL STORY HERE?

We've had reports from Navy sources that the document charge - Hernandez was found guilty of "dereliction of duty" at admiral's mast - might be a smokescreen to obscure the true facts in the case. While we won't publish unsubstantiated rumor, in time, more information may leak out about what actually happened.

It's true, the Navy is very strict on document security. A case in point (see "related stories box" below) is what happened to CMDR Mike Varney, the last sub commander to walk the plank on those charges. But there were other circumstances working there, so it wasn't Varney's lack of security of classified documents in itself that ended his career.

If we get the goods on the Hernandez case, we'll let you know. In fact, we invite people "in the know" on this case to contact us (yellow tab on masthead) with solid information. Thank you.

The Wyoming (SSBN-742) was launched July 13, 1996. Hernandez became boss of the Kings Bay, Ga.-based sub in August 2009. The odds on him ever commanding another submarine in the fleet are between none and zero.

 

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