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Back-to-back firings: Another Navy officer relieved, 15 and counting

WASHINGTON — For the second day in a row the Navy has relieved a commanding officer from duty for bad conduct, raising the year’s total casualty list to 15 fired officers.

Cmdr. Jason Strength, the CO of Navy Recruiting District Nashville, was relieved on Wednesday for “loss of confidence” in his command abilities for “unprofessional” behavior both in uniform on duty and in the presence of subordinates while out of uniform, according to Navy Recruiting Command.

On Tuesday, Cmdr. Karl Pugh, commander of Electronic Attack Squadron 141, was relieved of command after an “alcohol-related incident” during a port visit to Manama, Bahrain.

According to the recruiting office, Strength was replaced by his executive officer, Cmdr. David James, and reassigned to Navy Operation Support Center, in Nashville.

Last year, 17 commanding officers were relieved, prompting Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead to require all commanders to review and sign a memo by Aug. 1 in which he writes, "You will be held accountable to the highest standards of personal and professional conduct." Officers have been relieved for drinking, drunken driving, inappropriate behavior with subordinates and extramarital affairs, which are prohibited in the military.

 

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