HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN - DEPUTY
COMMANDER AT STRATEGIC COMMAND FIRED
NAVY ADMIRAL TIM GIARDINA LOSES ONE STAR
BUSTED BACK TO REAR ADMIRAL - GAMBLING
WITH COUNTERFEIT CHIPS MAY BE LEAST OF
1979 USNA GRAD'S PROBLEMS - 34-YEAR NAVY
VET BEING LOOKED AT AS "SECURITY RISK"
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It was a military career that began with much promise as a 1979 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Sadly, it has ended in shame and loss of rank, as Tim Giardina has just been fired as deputy commander at Strategic Command and reduced in grade one-star to rear admiral.
The ostensive cause for this dizzying fall from grace is a local police investigation of the admiral's gambling with alleged "counterfeit" chips at a casino located just across the Missouri River from Omaha.
But MilitaryCorruption.com has learned the NCIS is more concerned about possible security issues than just the veteran submarine commander being unlucky at the gaming tables.
This is not to say Giardina would in any way betray his country, but the admiral's security clearance is now suspended. Foreign agents have been known to keep tabs on the bad habits of top commanders, and to think that spies are not aware that the former deputy commander of Strategic Command had a gambling problem is being extremely naïve.
We want to emphasize no criminal charges have been brought - yet, but ADM Giardina has a long ways to go before he's out of the deep, dark woods.
DID HE KNOW THE CHIPS WERE PHONY?
Details are hard to come by, but we can tell you that the amount of phony chips used was approximately $1500. It isn't clear if Giardina was aware they were counterfeit when he played with them.
The Horseshoe Casino is well-known to top-ranking military personnel stationed at Offutt AFB. FBI agents have been spotted keeping an eye on who some of the "high-rollers" are, and any time a very senior officer like the admiral gets in a jam, they know it right away.
As far as we can tell, this is the first serious trouble Giardina has been in during his 34 years of Naval service. Prior to arriving at Strategic Command in December 2011, he was best known for being commander of Submarine Squadron 17, home ported at Bangor, Wash.
Air Force Lt. Gen. James Kowalski is slated to take over the deputy commander slot at Omaha, but his name has yet to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.