TWO NAVY OFFICERS "WALK THE PLANK"
DESTROYER "XO" AND NAVAL ACADEMY GRAD
CMDR LARRY GONZALES FIRED OFF THE USS
CHAFEE - CAPT JOHN SCHOENECK RELIEVED
AS COMMANDER OF NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY,
BAHRAIN - FOUR-STRIPER IS 11TH NAVY C.O.
TO BE TOSSED OVERBOARD - FEW DETAILS
GIVEN FOR "AXING" BOTH OFFICERS EXCEPT
"NO CRIMINAL CONDUCT INVOLVED."
Get out the tally sheet. Two more Navy officers have seen their careers come to a screeching halt.
The executive officer of the destroyer USS Chafee, and the four-stripe commander of U.S. Naval Support Activity, Bahrain have been handed their walking papers.
CMDR Larry Gonzalez has been dumped as "XO" of his tin can, and CAPT John Schoeneck saw his future go up in smoke when he was relieved of his high-profile post in Bahrain with less than two weeks remaining on his tour of duty.
The Pentagon is keeping mum about exactly WHY these experienced officers got the boot, except to regurgitate the old boiler-plate about them being fired because higher-ups "lost confidence" in their "ability to lead."
One thing that MilitaryCorruption.com was able to nail down, is a Navy spokesperson emphasized "no criminal conduct" was involved in either case. Of course, THAT statement, in itself, might be reason for suspicion, but it will all come out in the wash eventually.
CAPTAIN FIRED DAYS BEFORE CHANGE-OF-COMMAND CEREMONY
It was Rear Admiral David Mercer who pulled the trigger on Schoeneck. The brass hat didn't want to wait for the upcoming change-of-command ceremony, slated to take place on Dec. 6. He ordered the captain to pack his bags right away.
Cynics in Bahrain tell us the commander's relief is not unrelated to a series of serious problems in that command - to include gambling, anti-gay treatment of a senior enlisted sailor, use of prostitutes, and a pattern of hazing. The "official line" goes, Schoeneck's removal had "absolutely nothing to do" with the problems cited above.
Schoeneck was the 11th Navy commander fired this year. He is a veteran helicopter pilot and former boss of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 11.
ABRUPT DISMISSAL OF DESTROYER EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Meanwhile, 1992 Annapolis graduate, CMDR Larry Gonzales, was fired off the Chafee the same day he was scheduled to take over command of the ship.
All CAPT Richard Clemmons, commander of Pearl Harbor-based DE Squadron 31 would say, is the action was taken "for cause." No other details were released.
The destroyer had just completed a seven-month deployment prior to the sacking of it's executive officer.