ADMIRAL "SUNK" BY ANONYMOUS LETTER WRITER
ONETIME "GOLDEN BOY" VICE ADMIRAL JOHN
STUFFLEBEEM REDUCED IN RANK ONE STAR IN
WAKE OF INVESTIGATION - ACCUSED OF GIVING
"FALSE AND MISLEADING" TESTIMONY IN DOD
PROBE - SOURCES SAY NAVAL ACADEMY GRAD
LIED ABOUT "INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP"
WHILE PRESIDENTIAL AIDE SOME 20 YEARS AGO
It was a storybook career. Onetime "golden boy" John Stufflebeem could do no wrong. Nicknamed "Boomer" for his exploits on the gridiron as a punter with the Naval Academy football team, the popular and charismatic officer quickly climbed the rungs of rank until he reached the rarified air breathed only by vice admirals.
All that success came crashing down in flames after an anonymous letter writer accused Stufflebeem of sexual misconduct some 20 years ago.
In 1990, the broad-shouldered, blond-haired, lady-killer was military aide to President George H. W. Bush. That's when his accuser alleges he had what DOD investigators call an "inappropriate relationship" with an unidentified (so far) female.
WHY ARE THE "LONG KNIVES" OUT FOR THE ADMIRAL?
Most of the time, the top brass just wink at such indiscretions, real of imagined. But apparently Stufflebeem has enemies in high places. This isn't the Air Force, where former top legal officer, Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Fiscus got a "slap-on-the-wrist" and a quick retirement after being caught having sex with numerous female subordinates. In the Navy, when they tell you to "walk the plank," about all one can do is ask for the blindfold and say "aye, aye, sir."
"Boomer" has lost his position as Director of the Navy Staff and, as a result, his rank has reverted back to the that of rear admiral.
The 1975 Naval Academy graduate is one of the highest ranking officers we can remember to be dragged down on a simple sex charge. It isn't that he viewed child porn or raped a Midshipman. But someone, somewhere, high up in the chain-of-command, is determined to ruin Stufflebeem. Some officers who have contacted MilitaryCorruption.com are placing bets that the former 6th Fleet commander will seek retirement.
Whether he gets that or "no deal" at all depends on Navy politics. Most Naval personnel we've asked think it's quite a stretch to go back almost two decades to bring down an admiral. Especially when there are so many top brass hats (and hypocrites) walking around who are guilty of far worse.
HYPOCRISCY IN HIGH PLACES AS STUFFLEBEEM
GETS READY TO WALK THE PLANK
"If that's the standard of conduct, I can think of lots of flag officers that would be in big trouble right now," said a Navy commander at the Brunswick NAS in Maine. "Obviously, someone's out to get him (Stufflebeem). The process is now underway."
Television viewers will recall a younger Stufflebeem serving as a Pentagon spokesman and briefing officer during the early days of the war against "terrorists" in Afghanistan.
Stufflebeem is a highly-decorated aviator, having logged 4,000 hours in the air in a variety of warplanes. The embattled admiral, who was one-time executive assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations, is a skilled fighter-pilot with more than 1000 carrier landings under his belt.