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Navy Secretary Censures Retired Admiral, Punishes Other Officers for USS Bonhomme Richard Fire

“I am extremely disappointed that the Navy, to which I dedicated and devoted 35 years of service, has abandoned me for political expediency. Every officer, commander and leader should now be on notice.”

As has been widely reported in the media, the Navy has relieved and disciplined a record number of leaders in the last eighteen months. Retired Vice Admiral Brown was the latest victim of this culture of accountability and raises the alarm for all active duty leaders. VADM Brown was well past his planned retirement when SECNAV decided to censure him, a censure that had no impact on the VADM’s retirement benefits or rank. This, coupled with the fact that VADM Brown was not even offered the opportunity to be interviewed by Navy investigators, caused him to take the unusual step of expressing his displeasure with the navy’s effort at “political expediency.”
  If you or a loved one find yourself in the crosshairs of a military investigation, please get help from an attorney experienced in military law. In those circumstances, you simply cannot rely upon the service to which you have “dedicated and devoted” your career to return that loyalty.

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