Thursday, June 2, 2011

U.S. Military Justice Round-up

The Navy Times reports that Lt. Mattias Wholly, the commanding officer of the patrol boat Anacapa, was temporarily relieved of command as a result of an incident on Monday, May 30, 2011. The details of the incident have not been released, and a decision on whether the relief is permanent will shortly be made. In the meant time, Lt. j.g. James Toomey has assumed command. Chief Public Affairs Specialist Dana Warr, a District 17 spokesman, told the newspaper the matter is under investigation and he couldn’t provide details on what happened, but said it did not involve a mishap at sea.

The Marine Corps Times reports that Cmdr. Davis Koss, a 20 year F/A-18 pilot and CO of the Blue Angels, voluntarily stepped down after a low flyover maneuver that resulted in the cancellation of three of the Blue Angels aerobatic performances. On May 22, four of the team's Hornets flying in formation performed a maneuver that had a “lower than acceptably low minimum altitude.” Although the team was within FAA regulations governing distance to the crowd, Koss stepped down because there is “no room for error” with the Blue Angels where safety is of the utmost concern. Koss will be replaced by Capt. Greg McWherter, who was the previous CO of the Blue Angels.

The Navy Times reports that Chief Aviation Ordnanceman (AW/SW) David Hugh Marx is accused of stabbing his wife to death in their New Orleans home. There was no sign of forced entry into the home when the attack took place and the house was in disarray when the officers arrived. The couple's 12 year old son, who was at the home that night, is being held by the Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services.

(credit Freda Carmack)