Monday, June 20, 2011

Navy CO Firings Continue, but One Former CO Rocks the Boat and Wins

The Washington Post had a front-page story over the weekend about what we in the military justice world already noticed--Navy commanders are getting fired at an impressive rate. 

One of the commanders fired 2 years ago now has is record restored, thanks to his efforts before the Board for Correction of Naval Records.  LCDR Matthew Tucker, who commanded the Crew Persistent onboard the anti-mine vessel Devastator, will now have all official records of his detachment for cause erased.

While commanders losing their jobs seems to be routine in the Navy, getting one's records upgraded afterwards is, apparently, a novelty:

Tucker’s case is the first successful appeal in at least 30 years, said Garas, noting that according to the board’s executive director, “this is the first time that the BCNR has granted the removal of a DFC.”