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USS Stennis Group Commander Reprimanded

Mar 29, 2013

            
    
Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette

WASHINGTON -- Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette, who was replaced as commanding officer of the USS Stennis strike group in October while investigators looked into complaints about his leadership and judgment, has received a nonpunitive letter of caution that will likely end his career.

The Navy inspector general began investigating Gaouette after receiving complaints of inappropriate judgment. That investigation led to a nonjudicial hearing, where Gaouette was found not to be in violation of any article of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, according to a Navy official familiar with the case.

But the outcome of the hearing doesn’t mean Gaouette was completely cleared of wrongdoing, the official said, or that his alleged behavior was appropriate for a strike group commander.

The New York Times on Tuesday reported that the commander of the Stennis, Capt. Ronald Reis, filed the initial complaints about Gaouette. The Times also reported that the investigation found Gaouette had used profanity and made racially insensitive remarks.

The chief of naval operations and the secretary of the Navy still must review the investigation’s findings, and they can determine whether Gaouette should be punished further.

Because the review of the case has not been complete, a Navy spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said he could not comment on any details.

Gaouette served as deputy commander of U.S. Naval Forces at Central Command before assuming command of Carrier Strike Group Three in April 2012. In 2003, he was awarded the Vice Admiral Jamese Bond Stockdale Award for inspirational leadership, according to his official biography.

Gaouette was one of at least 25 Navy commanders removed or replaced in 2012.

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It's also known as "A WITCH HUNT"....

The investigation didn't find that he violated anything but we are going to hang him anyway.  Good thinking.

The US Govt. created by geniuses run by idiots.

I agree with both of you. As I said before...like to see who is replacing these guys.

Probably what is known as a "YES MAN"...or to be PC a "YES PERSON"

There is so much PC BS goin on in our military it's pathetic

Probably the Captain that filed the complaint.

Bravo Zulu Captain Reis; that will teach those Admirals! 

To bad you couldn't have found an opportunity to discuss the Admirals failings with him personally.. 

Wish there were more men like you in the Navy, then we could really make it a happy place to work.  Like when the Hitler Youth had the country running scared of it's young people. 

Again, good job, Reis.

This is just more of the present administration getting rid of the good military..  They do not want anyone in a command position that has a mind.  Those that do need to play turtle.

got that right, Joe!   sad.

SO sad to see this stuff  still happening ! The headhunters still finding ways to chew up good people ! I wonder if the replacements are muslum friendly ??

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