Relieved of Command

Rising Star in Navy Trying to Clear His Name

Navy Cmdr. Ed Handley (U.S. Navy photo)

NORFOLK -- After completing commanding officer school last summer, Cmdr. Ed Handley traveled to Djibouti on his way back to the James E. Williams. Handley, who joined the Navy as a seaman, was about to reach the capstone of more than 30 years in uniform: command of a guided missile destroyer. He came highly recommended -- described by one of h... more

Air Force Colonel Relieved of Duties After Fort Bragg Training Death

Fort Bragg

A Fort Bragg squadron commander has been relieved of her position based on the investigation of a July death at Pope Field. Air Force Col.  Elizabeth Shaw was removed from command of the 43rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron on Thursday, officials said. Col. Kenneth Moss, commander the 43rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron's parent unit, the ... more

Guantanamo Base Commander Relieved of Duty

Capt. John R. Nettleton delivers remarks during a ceremony June 4, 2014, at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (JACOB GOFF/U.S. NAVY)

WASHINGTON — The Navy captain in charge of the Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been fired and is being investigated in connection with an alleged affair with a woman on the base and the recent death of her husband, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Capt. John R. Nettleton was relieved of duty Wednesday due to a loss of confidence in his... more

Spangdahlem Wing Commander Relieved of Duty

Pete Bilodeau

Col. Peter M. Bilodeau, the commander of the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, was relieved of command on Tuesday after less than six months on the job because of loss of faith and confidence in his leadership, U.S. Air Forces in Europe announced. Bilodeau, who was removed by Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, the commander of the 3rd ... more

Navy's Fired Skippers Often Maintain Their Rank

Capt. Wayne Brown addresses the crew and guests of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer during a change-of-command ceremony July 3, 2014, on the ship's flight deck. Robert R. Sanchez/Navy

In the past five years, 90 Navy skippers have been relieved of duty for indiscretions ranging from driving under the influence to having inappropriate relationships. But for Navy officers, losing your job doesn’t always end your career. Based on information provided by the Navy, Stars and Stripes has found that 53 percent of all officers relie... more

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