Posted by lex, on August 31st, 2011
The hits keep coming: *
A Navy commander cited by police in New York for driving under the influence of alcohol has lost his command.
(He) is the 17th Navy commanding officer this year to be canned, which means the service has now tied the record it set for all of 2010 for CO firings and with four months left in the calendar year.
Until he was fired Aug. 24, (he) was commander of Support Activity Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Officials said Rear Adm. Mark S. Boensel, commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, relieved Bell after losing confidence in his ability to command.
Alcohol also played a part in the firings of two other commanders this year, including (a) commander of Electronic Attack Squadron 129 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., and (the) former commander of Electronic Attack Squadron 141, also at Whidbey Island, according to the Navy.
A shame, really, to have come so far and been laid so low by something so pedestrian as a DUI.
Shouldn’t have come as a surprise, though.
** 05-26-18 Link gone; replacement found – Ed.