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Navy commanders relieved of command in 2011

Capt. Owen Honors, commander, USS Enterprise. Relieved Jan. 4 for demonstrating poor judgment while serving as executive officer of that ship from 2005 to 2007. Honors made and appeared in a series of racy videos that were broadcast shipwide.

Capt. Rex Guinn, commander, Navy Regional Legal Services Japan. Relieved Feb. 17 due to loss of confidence in his ability to command for failing to preserve victim rights in a sexual assault trial.

Cmdr. Nathan Borchers, commander, USS Stout. Relieved March 1 due to a loss of confidence in ability to address what the Navy called “a pervasive pattern of unprofessional behavior in overseas ports” and a substandard command climate on board following an investigation into multiple allegations of crew misconduct.

Rear Adm. Ron Horton, commander, Logistics Group, Western Pacific. Relieved March 3 due to loss of confidence in his ability to command regarding his failure to stop the “XO movie night” while in command of the USS Enterprise, the same incident that caused Honors to be relieved.

Cmdr. Kevin Harms, commander, Strike Fighter Squadron 137. Relieved March 9 for loss of confidence in his ability to command and failure to comply with a Defense Department investigation.

Cmdr. Timothy Murphy, commander, Electronic Attack Squadron 129. Relieved April 11 for driving under the influence.

Capt. William Mosk, commander, Naval Station Rota, Spain. Relieved April 18 due to loss of confidence in ability to command and failure to effectively handle issues surrounding an investigation taking place under his authority.

Capt. Etta Jones, commander, USS Ponce. Relieved April 23 for demonstrating poor leadership and failure to appropriately investigate, report and hold accountable sailors involved in hazing incidents; failed to properly handle a loaded weapon, which endangered some of her crew during a security alert.

Capt. Donald Hornbeck, commander, Destroyer Squadron 1. Relieved April 23 during an investigation into allegations of an inappropriate relationship.

Cmdr. Jay Wylie, commander, USS Momsen. Relieved April 27 due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command stemming from allegations of misconduct. Wylie pleaded guilty on Oct. 28 to raping two female sailors under his command and was sentenced to 42 months in prison.

Capt. Greg Thomas, commander, Naval Shipyard Norfolk. Relieved of command May 25 in connection with allegations of subordinate mistreatment and a bad command climate. A Navy Inspector General probe substantiated the allegations in October and Thomas was relieved permanently.

Cmdr. Mike Varney, commander, USS Connecticut. Relieved June 6 after investigation found he obstructed an inquiry into the mishandling of classified material.

Capt. Eric Merrill, commander, submarine tender Emory S. Land. Relieved July 15 after his vessel hit a channel buoy on June 21 while heading into a Bahraini port.

Cmdr. Karl Pugh, commander, Electronic Attack Squadron 141. Relieved July 19 after an alcohol-related incident July 12 during a port visit in Bahrain.

Cmdr. Jason Strength, commander, Navy Recruiting District Nashville. Relieved July 20 due to a loss of confidence for unprofessional behavior in and out of uniform.

Cmdr. Robert Brown, commander, Beachmaster Unit 2. Relieved Aug. 5 for loss of confidence due to information that surfaced during an investigation involving improper use of government resources and improper disposal of government equipment.

Cmdr. Laredo Bell, commander, Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs. Relieved Aug. 24 due to loss of confidence in his ability to command stemming from an Aug. 20 citation by police for driving under the influence.

Cmdr. Mark Olson, commander, USS The Sullivans. Relieved Sept. 7 due to loss of confidence in his abilities an incident in which inert rounds landed near a civilian fishing vessel during a gunnery exercise.

Capt. David Geisler, who led the Bahrain-based Task Force 53, was relieved Oct. 17 for loss of confidence in his ability to command. An investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct is ongoing, according to the Navy.

Cmdr. Joseph A. Nosse, who was commander of the ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky, was relieved Oct. 20 for loss of confidence in his ability to command.

Lt. Cmdr. Martin Holguin, commanding officer of the mine countermeasures crew Fearless, was relieved Oct. 27 due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

Cmdr. Jonathan Jackson, commanding officer of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134, was relieved Dec. 8 after an investigation revealed he violated the Navy’s sexual harassment policy by “creating and condoning an intimidating, hostile and offensive work environment.”

Source: Navy, staff reports


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