Navy relieves ‘talent acquisition’ commander weeks after DUI arrest near New Orleans
Stars and Stripes February 16, 2022
The commander of the Navy recruiting group in New Orleans has been relieved of his duties following his arrest in January for allegedly driving under the influence, the Navy announced Tuesday.
Cmdr. Chris Brown, who had led Navy Talent Acquisition Group New Orleans since April 15, was relieved Feb. 10 due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, according to a news release from Navy Recruiting Command. Capt. Butch Smith, the Region Central commodore, issued the order.
Talent acquisition is another term for Navy recruiting.
“Navy Recruiting Command takes alcohol-related misconduct very seriously,” the release said. “NRC is dedicated to mission accomplishment and protecting the integrity of the recruiting process and trust of the American people.”
Brown was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and other traffic-related charges on Jan. 23 in St. Tammany Parish, La., 28 miles from New Orleans.
A copy of the police report from the parish office was not immediately available Wednesday.
Brown will be reassigned to Navy Reserve Center New Orleans, while Cmdr. Dave Pavlik, deputy commodore, will assume his duties until a permanent replacement is found.
Several other high-ranking Navy officials have also been relieved from duty in recent weeks.
The commander of littoral combat ship USS Sioux City’s gold crew was relieved of duty on Friday also due to a loss of confidence, according to a Navy statement.
On Feb. 4, the Navy relieved the top leaders of Amphibious Construction Battalion 2, based out of Little Creek, Va.
Battalion commander Capt. Jeffrey Lengkeek, executive officer Cmdr. Michael Jarosz and Command Master Chief Matthew Turner were similarly relieved for a loss of confidence in their leadership.