Monday, December 12, 2011

The Navy Fires Another Commanding Officer



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!"

2 comments:

Insider said...

This is an individual who apparently knows no one in high places. Like every other firing, the CO either didn't have the right connections or it just couldn't be covered up any longer. It's really interesting that he was busted for condoning the actions...when the Navy usually condones these actions at the highest levels. Case in point is every sexual harassment complaint ever brought by a civilian against the Secretary. The taxpayers usually foot the bill to defend the Secretary and the sexual predator usually gets a pass, and a promotion.

Syneeda said...

Insider,
I'm sure the Navy wanted to handle this situation as quickly, and had hoped for, as quietly as possible. Since the recent “Spice” drug incident, the Carl Vinson is losing a bit of its celebrity flare. By firing commander Jackson, enabled the Navy to preserve the ship’s reputation.

Remember, the Carl Vinson is the Navy’s ship that sunk Osama bin Laden, as well as the ship to host the first “Carrier Classic” basketball game during a visit from President Obama. The last thing the Navy needed to tarnish the ship’s celebrity status is a reminder of the infamous “Tail-hook” incident.

Had the former “Fly Boy” been assigned to another fighter squadron, let’s say, VFA-136 in NAS Oceana VA, he most likely would’ve avoided being relieved of command, for condoning such unlawful practices. I’ve read well documented statements indicating the former XO and CO of the squadron were alleged to have condoned sexual harassment towards homosexuals serving in the military.

After reading the documents, I don’t know what upset me more: being prosecuted and sent to jail for being a whistle blower, or reading the petition of the 28 rape victims and learning that there are over 400 more victims, or the Navy’s ill-treatment towards gays serving in the military since the ban on DADT.

All I have left to say on this topic is, “Senior Navy officials needs to SERIUOSLY reconsider enforcing the US Civil Rights laws, especially before someone goes public to demonstrate how the Navy would rather enforce “Jim Crow” laws!