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Army vs. Navy: Services Race to Relieve the most Senior Officers

The annual Army-Navy game is a time-honored tradition.  It seems, however, there is a new Army-Navy rivalry.  Both services are investigating and firing senior officers at an alarming rate.

The Army recently relieved COLs Frank Zachar and James Johnson, and concluded an investigation of COL Harry Tunnell and his role in war crimes which were committed under his command.  The investigator, BG Stephen Twitty, would have liked to fire Tunnell, except Tunnell had already left command by the time the investigation was complete.

On the Navy side, the year began with a bang and the relief of Capt. Owen Honors for making bad movies (strangely, neither Spike Lee nor Woody Allen were treated similarly, and both arguably deserved it more).  The relief of Honors was the first in a series of firings, the most recent of which is Capt. Donald Hornbeck, who is under investigation for an “inappropriate relationship.”   At one point this year, the Navy even upped the ante by firing two guys at once.

However novel this situation is, there are some things that never change…

The Navy is (predictably) kicking Army’s ass: 7 officers to 2.

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  1. A Serving Officer
    May 1, 2011 at 11:20 am

    USF-I commander just relieved the brigade commander of the 67th BfSB in Iraq, an ARNG unit from Nebraska. Relieved officer was sacked for negative command climate.

    • May 2, 2011 at 7:17 am

      I think we just had another Navy guy relieved as well. Thanks for the update – I’ll update the scoreboard!


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