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Naval Military Officers Relieved of Duty under Obama administration in 2012. Foreword by Fred Brownbill.


I was reading a report in Stars and Stripes magazine and noticed that up to September this year, in just the Navy, a high percentage of Naval Officers have been relieved of the duty.  Up to September 25 high ranking officers have been relieved of duty for what on the face of things are a whole range of disciplinary problems.  With three months figures still to come in, the number will probably exceed 30.  This will be nearly double those relieved of duty in 2010 and 2011.  Remember we are only talking of the Navy here.

I find it interesting that under this administration run by our illegal Commander in Chief, Barack Hussein Obama, so many military officers are being replaced.  I know that there are a lot of the very top brass that has already been replaced with Liberal thinking, progressive Officers who seem willing to forego their Oath and do this Marxist in Chiefs bidding, regardless to the morale and safety of our armed men and women in the field.

With the Obama statement that he wanted his own private military, as strong as, as well trained as and as well equipped as the U.S.Military, it would make sence to weaken the actual miitary by destroying morale with things like “Don’t ask, don’t tell” and making huge cuts in our nuclear deterrant and military budget, by placing ROE (Rules of Engagement) in place that mean that even highly trained SEALs and other Specops personell cannot operate as envisaged and trained due to constraints that are unreasonable and have caused many deaths on active duty.

Because of all the above, and much more, I have to wonder if the officers whose names I have published below, are part of the attrition planned by Obama so that a new, weaker, progressive, liberal thinking officer can be promoted to infiltrate and further weaken our military.  Having served in the military and also in law enforcement, and watched first hand the shenanigans that occur when people upset those in command positions, and how, eventually, they are removed, I would be tempted to again wonder if these charges they all faced were real or trumped up.

I am publishing this for you all to maybe get some investigaions under way, to see if the same problem is in the Army, the Marines, the Coast Guard and the Air Force.  It si also meant as a topic for discussion, so feel free, as always, to pass on this link to all your friends, family and social media…..Fred Brownbill.


Cmdr. Derick Armstrong, commanding officer of the guided missile destroyer USS The Sullivans, was relieved “as result of an unprofessional command climate that was contrary to good order and discipline.”

Cmdr. Martin Arriola, commanding officer of the USS Porter, fired Aug. 30 due to loss of confidence in his ability to command after the vessel collided with a tanker.

Capt. Antonio Cardoso, commanding officer of Training Support Center San Diego, fired Sept. 21 for violating the Navy’s policy on hazing.


Capt. James CoBell, commanding officer of Oceana Naval Air Station’s Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic, was fired Sept. 10 pending an investigation into his leadership.

Cmdr. Joseph E. Darlak was replaced as the skipper of the USS Vandegrift on Nov. 2, after a rowdy and booze-fueled port visit to Vladivostok, Russia, in the month previous.

Cmdr. Franklin Fernandez, commanding officer of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 24, fired Aug. 21 due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command for allegedly driving under the influence.

Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette was replaced as commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis pending the outcome of an internal investigation into allegations of inappropriate judgment, the Navy announced on Oct. 27.

Cmdr. Ray Hartman, commanding officer of the amphibious dock-landing ship Fort McHenry,  dismissed Nov. 19 for allegations of misconduct.

Cmdr. Jon Haydel, commanding officer of the amphibious transport dock USS San Diego, fired March 12 amid an investigation into “personal misconduct.”

Cmdr. Diego Hernandez, commanding offer of the ballistic-missile submarine USS Wyoming, relieved Feb. 4 after he was convicted in an admiral’s mast of dereliction of duty for mishandling classified materials.

Cmdr. Lee Hoey, commanding officer of the Navy Drug Screening Laboratory, San Diego, fired May 1 due to poor command climate.

Cmdr. Dennis Klein, commander of the submarine USS Columbia, fired May 1 for inadequate performance in administration and operations.

Capt. Marcia “Kim” Lyons, commander of Naval Health Clinic New England, relieved April 6 after problems were identified in an annual command climate survey.

Capt. Chuck Litchfield was relieved from command of the USS Essex after it collided with the replenishment oiler Yukon off the Southern California coast on May 16.

Capt. Robert Marin, commander of the USS Cowpens, relieved Feb. 10 on suspicion of “inappropriate personal behavior.”

Capt. Sean McDonell, commander of Seabee reserve unit Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 in Jacksonville, Fla., relieved of duty Nov. 26 for mismanagement and unspecified “major program deficiencies.”

Cmdr. Corrine Parker, head of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 1, fired April 16 after an investigation revealed the possible falsification of administrative records.

Capt. Lisa Raimondo, commander of Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, Md., relieved of command on June 29 due to a  “a significant lack of leadership and integrity that eroded good order and discipline in the command.”

Capt. Jeffrey Riedel, program manager of the Littoral Combat Ship program, was “temporarily reassigned” pending a command investigation into allegations of inappropriate personal behavior.

Cmdr. Sara Santoski, commanding officer of the Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15, fired Sept. 1 due to a loss of confidence in her ability to command following a crash that resulted in the death of two sailors.

Cmdr. Sheryl Tannahill, commanding officer of Navy Operational Support Center Nashville, relieved of command Sept. 16 amid allegations of an inappropriate relationship.

Cmdr. Michael Ward, commanding officer of the USS Pittsburgh, fired Aug. 10 for personal misconduct.

Capt. Michael Wiegand, commanding officer of Southwest Regional Maintenance Center in San Diego, relieved Nov. 8 amid allegations that funds were misused under his watch.

Capt. Ted Williams, commanding officer of the Mount Whitney in Italy, was fired Nov. 19 for allegations of misconduct.

Cmdr. Jeffrey Wissel, commander of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1, fired Feb. 27 amid allegations of “personal misconduct.”


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5 Responses to Naval Military Officers Relieved of Duty under Obama administration in 2012. Foreword by Fred Brownbill.

  1. Bruce Avants March 18, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    While I applaud Mr. Brownbill’s sleuthing efforts, and totally disagree with the current administration’s dismantling of our Democratic Republic, I wish to be objective in the matter. I served 20 years in the Navy. If a ship runs aground or into another ship, the C.O. is automatically relieved. Falsification of documents, mishandling of classified material and inappropriate conduct are also legitimate reasons to be relieved, if the appropriate authority above them has been given proof. A DUI is a career ending event for E-5 and above.

    Benghazi lies on the president’s shoulders. It is an embassy. The above listed changes of command are not decided by the president, but by leaders within the command structure above the person in question. With rare exception, only the top brass fall under the CinC’s direct scrutiny.

    Though I thouroughly disapprove of the lack of true concern for our nation’s well-being from Obama and Congress, I believe in being honest in all things. The media is no longer objective. It is up to We, the People to maintain our integrity, or all is lost, regardless of who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    • Fred Brownbill March 18, 2013 at 10:29 am #

      Thank you for your comments Sir, and thank you for your 20 years of service. I appreciate it and you.

  2. Gramma78 October 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    Is there anyone left in all of our Military that can stop this regime from destroying America?? Can any of the SEALS or any spec ops personnel get the job done??? Who can save America?

    • Fred Brownbill October 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

      Gramma, We are working on it! We will Save America or die trying. III%


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