THE NUMBER REACHES NINE - THAT'S TOTAL
OF NAVY COMMANDING OFFICERS FIRED SO
FAR THIS YEAR - SKIPPER OF SUB COLUMBIA
AND CHIEF OF BOAT RELIEVED - SHAKE-UP
AT NAVY'S DRUG TESTING LAB IN SAN DIEGO
COMMANDER THERE AND HIS XO GET AXE

© 2012 MilitaryCorruption.com

Some of our older readers will remember the sound of the fast-talking radio DJ of the Sixties shouting: "And the hits keep on coming!"

In the Navy these days, that's the theme of what's been happening since New Year's day. Will we set a new record in 2012? Nine commanders have been canned so far this year.

Latest officers and senior enlisted to go overboard are a submarine skipper, his chief-of-boat, the commanding officer of the troubled San Diego Drug Laboratory testing center, and his executive officer. All were fired in the last few days.

SUB SKIPPER ON COLUMBIA NOT ACADEMY GRAD

CMDR Dennis Klein was well-liked on the attack sub Columbia, but maybe he went too far in trying to be popular with his crew. Both he and his COB, Don Williams have been relieved from the sub by Squadron 7 commander CAPT James Pitts.

A Navy spokesperson told MilitaryCorruption.com Klein, 41, got the boot because his superiors "lost confidence" in his ability to lead.

Williams "failed to provide deckplate-level leadership," a Navy flak said. The 37 year-old top-ranking COB had had a charmed career so far. A tough young man in a hurry, Williams made E-9 just last year. He was promoted to master chief in 2011 after enlisting in the Navy in May 1994.

Both Williams and non-ringknocker Klein, a graduate of the University of Iowa, have less than 20 years of active duty under their belt, so hopefully the Navy will allow them to stick around a few months until they reach the finish line.

PROBLEMS WITH "COMMAND CLIMATE" IN SAN DIEGO

In San Diego, our sources tell us the relief of the commanding officer at the Navy's Drug Testing Lab there came about after anonymous complaints went in to the IG office. "Poor command climate" was the cryptic reason for the firings there, a Navy spokesperson said.

CMDR Lee Hoey and his XO, CMDR Shelly Hakspiel, are out at the facility, which processed some 900,000 tests last year. The lab is one of three run by the Navy. The others are at Jacksonville, FL and Great Lakes Naval Station, Illinois.

"The problems that occurred with the drug laboratory leadership had no effect on sample processing, accuracy or the ability of the lab to otherwise carry out its mission," CAPT Mike Macinski, C.O. of the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center in Portsmouth, Va. said.

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