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BANGOR, Wash. (AP) -- The Navy dismissed the commanding officer of a Washington state-based nuclear weapons facility Friday, citing a loss of confidence in his ability to lead, the Pentagon said.
Capt. Timothy J. Block, who headed the Navy's Bangor operation arming Trident submarines with nuclear warheads, was relieved of duty on by Rear Adm. Stephen E. Johnson, the Navy's director of strategic systems programs, according to the Kitsap Sun.
Block is the second facility commander in recent years to be relieved of duty for "a loss of confidence." Capt. Keith Lyles was dismissed after failing a nuclear weapons inspection om 2003.
Pacific Submarine Commander Gives Sailors Insight on State of Force
Story Number: NNS090812-01
Release Date: 8/12/2009 5:24:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chantel M. Clayton, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest
SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) -- The commander of Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet conducted an all-hands call for submarine Sailors on Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bangor Aug. 10.
Rear Adm. Douglas J. McAneny met with submariners at NBK Bangor's Fleet Theater, where he talked about the status of the submarine fleet and thanked Sailors for their service.
"What I've been doing in the last few months is traveling to all the homeports in the Pacific Fleet and doing similar events like this," said McAneny. "The mission here in Bangor, the Sailors that are on the submarines here, the wide range of actions that occur here day in and day out that keep our ships at sea are being done at a high level, and it's noticed all the way up the chain of command up to the president of the United States. For that you should be very proud of what you do and what you're supporting for our Navy and for our nation each and every day."
McAneny discussed matters important to submariners, to include the number of various platforms of submarines in the fleet, mission readiness and retention, to include selective reenlistment bonuses (SRB).
"The submarine career electronics field is undermanned. There's no question that there will be SRBs in that career field," said McAneny. "There will also be SRBs for nuclear trained operators and in a lot of other rates as well."
McAneny also stressed the importance of Sailors' behavior while off duty. He stressed that what a Sailor does off duty directly impacts his job, his shipmates and in the long term, the entire submarine force.
"I'm interested in every single Sailor in the submarine force completing their enlistment or his career safely. I want everyone to be successful, yet we have some problems with alcohol. We've been working very hard on this with some great results."
He also asked for Sailors to help change the Navy's culture of alcohol use and stressed that he cannot solve this problem alone.
"This is the group of people that will solve the problem for the submarine force," said McAneny. "I do believe that we can consume alcohol and do it responsibly, and I depend on you day in and day out to try to get the job done, knowing that it's going to take time."
McAneny expressed his appreciation for all the Sailors' work.
"Across the submarine force, our Sailors are doing a terrific job. I want you to understand that the leadership of the submarine force is committed to your success. I want every Sailor in the submarine force to be successful. No one signed up for this, hoping to be a failure. Keep up the great work and good luck to all of you. Your hard work and effort is appreciated all the way up the chain of command."
The all-hands call was part of McAneny's weeklong visit to the Pacific Northwest. He also had an opportunity to meet Sailors while touring the submarines in the area.
Originally posted by Schaden
With all due respect, there is no reason to jump to a conclusion that his firing was for anything but underperformance.
Originally posted by Exuberant1
Let's all tow the line on a conspiracy website... Yeah, Okay
Originally posted by Schaden
The theory this guy was fired because he wouldn't go along with a false flag operation is pretty much baseless.
The cause of Spc. Kamisha Block’s death initially was called friendly fire, but an Army report says she was murdered.
Jerry and Jane Block repeat it over and over: The U.S. Army failed their daughter.
After Kamisha Block, 20, of Vidor died last August in Iraq, her family was told she was a victim of friendly fire, shot in the chest in a non-combat incident.
A few days after the Army notified the family, they told the Blocks some of the truth - Spc. Block had been murdered.
It took the family another six months to find out the details of her slaying, including the real name of the man who shot her.
"It's been hard to move on, because we feel justice has not been done. They failed her, and they certainly haven't treated us fairly," Jane Block said from her Vidor home.