TWO FEMALES FIRED AT PATUXENT RIVER
BOTH THE C.O., CAPT LISA RAIMONDO AND
COMMAND MASTER CHIEF MERRILYN CRAWFORD
WALK THE PLANK - "POOR LEADERSHIP" CITED
AS CAUSE - THIS 12TH COMMANDER AND 11TH
TOP ENLISTED SAILOR TO BE RELIEVED SO FAR
THIS YEAR - NAVAL MEDICAL CORPS "IN TURMOIL"

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Get out your score cards. Two more senior leaders have been made to walk the plank.

This time, Patuxent River (Md.) Naval Health Clinic commander CAPT Lisa Raimondo and her top enlisted person, CMC Merrilyn Crawford, have been fired.

"Poor leadership" was cited by a Navy spokesman. We found it interesting that REAR ADM Alton Stocks, commander of Walter Reed Military Medical Center at Bethesda, who pulled the trigger on the duo, deviated from the usual "boiler plate" in his remarks about Raimondo.

"SIGNIFICANT LACK OF LEADERSHIP AND INTEGRITY"

He started off in his statement saying the usual stuff about "loss of confidence" in the captain's ability to command, but then talked about "a significant lack of leadership and integrity that eroded good order and discipline" at the clinic.

That was a hint the I.G. investigation that allegedly uncovered the problems, turned up plenty of pay dirt.

Raimondo was the 12th Navy commander fired this year. CMC Crawford was the 11th CMC to be relieved. At this rate, the Navy may come close to setting a new record for axing leadership in a twelve-month period.

GOOD SERVICE RECORD - UP UNTIL NOW

A native of Jacksonville, Ark., the captain had an impressive educational background. She was a 1983 graduate of the University of Arkansas, and later earned a master of science degree in nursing from American University in Washington, D.C.

She has served at Naval hospitals at San Diego and Camp Pendleton, and among many other assignments, was at the National Naval Medical Center. Raimondo had been boss at Patuxent since assuming command in October 2011.

Her CMC is from Rosemark, Tenn. and also has 28 years of military service. Crawford was master chief at the Naval Hospital in Rota, Spain before transferring to Patuxent River. She was one of the first African-American female master chiefs in the Navy.

"All these firings are causing plenty of turmoil," said an active-duty Navy doctor who preferred to remain anonymous.

We at MilitaryCorruption.com can see how they might. Usually, reliefs of command are rare in the Navy's medical corps, but just this year, several officers and top enlisted members have been already been canned.

OTHER MEDICAL LEADERS RELIEVED

In April, the commander of the Navy Health Clinic New England at Newport, R.I., CAPT Kim Lyons (see related stories box below), was relieved. Her master chief, hospital corpsman Robert Whitten (SW/AV/FMF), was also fired.

Around the same time, two senior officers in San Diego got the boot at the Navy Drug Lab.

Observers are wondering who's next?


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