The Navy has fired 22 Commanding Officers so far this year. With a few weeks remaining in this calendar year, will a few more Commanding Officers be forced to walk the plank? Let's cross our fingers and hope the Navy can make it through the holidays without another incident. But let's take a look at what caused the abrupt end to a fighter pilot's career....
According to a recent article Navy times article: Prowler squadron CO fired on deployment
SAN DIEGO - The commander of a deployed EA-6B Prowler squadron was fired late Thursday following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations, the Navy announced Friday.
Cmdr. Jonathan Jackson was removed from command of Electronic Attack Squadron 134, which is deployed aboard the carrier Carl Vinson, after he appeared at admiral's mast before Rear Adm. Thomas Shannon, the Navy said in a statement issued Friday.
Jackson is the 22nd commanding officer fired in 2011.
Shannon, who commands Carrier Strike Group 1, found Jackson guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer and of violating a lawful general order after an investigation substantiated allegations of Jackson "creating and condoning an intimidating, hostile and offensive work environment in violation of [Navy] policy on sexual harassment," the Navy said in the statement.
Shannon relieved Jackson due to "loss of confidence in his ability to command," according to the statement. The commander received unspecified nonjudicial punishment.
Jackson is being reassigned to Electronic Attack Wing-Pacific at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., said Cmdr. Pauline Storum, a Naval Air Forces spokeswoman.
Cmdr. Gregory Byers, VAQ-134's executive officer, assumed command of the squadron, which is based at Whidbey. The squadron is deployed with Carrier Air Wing 17 aboard the Vinson, which left San Diego on Nov. 30 for a deployment expected to last six months.
Jackson, according to his official squadron biography, took command in August 2010 after serving as the squadron's executive officer for 16 months, a period that included a combat deployment to Afghanistan. He was commissioned in 1992.
Food for thought:
As Malcom X once said, "The chickens are coming home to roost!"