NCSI investigates an unexplained death at Gitmo. The naval commander at Gitmo has been exposed for an affair with the dead man’s wife and has been reassigned to a base in Florida. Commander Nettleton has not been charged with anything specific but adultery is a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Does Gitmo need any more negative attention than it has already received?
The officer in charge of the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been fired for a “loss of confidence” after he allegedly had an affair with a woman whose husband was recently found dead in the waters off the base.
Captain John Nettleton was relieved of command on Wednesday by Rear Adm. Mary M. Jackson, commander of Navy Region Southeast, “due to loss of confidence in Nettleton’s ability to command,” according to a statement from the Navy.
The statement declined to give additional details because of an ongoing investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), which is focused on the death of Christopher Tur, a civilian employee at the Navy Exchange on the base who had moved to Guantanamo with his family in June 2011.
Tur, 42, was found dead in the waters off the base on the morning of January 10, a day after he had been reported missing, said Navy Region Southeast spokesman Mike Andrews. A U.S. official said there was no obvious cause of death.
The official said that information came to light during the investigation into Tur’s death that led the Navy to relieve Nettleton of command. Officials said the investigation found that Nettleton had allegedly been having an affair with Tur’s wife Lara, the director of the Fleet and Family Services Center at the base.
Repeat: Adultery is a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Is it asking too much for some of these high-ranking military guys to keep it in their pants? The higher the rank, the greater exposure and the more one is watched. Do men just not get it? David Petraeus, military hero, chief of the CIA was brought down and fired in shame for an affair. He now possibly faces criminal charges for leaking top security documents to his paramour. This situation should have sent a strong message that this type of behavior is not going to be tolerated.
I am trying to understand the behavior. Surely it isn’t just horn dog behavior. It has to be something more. Why do these dudes think they won’t get caught? They have so much to lose. Do they not care or do they think they won’t get caught? Do they think they are too powerful?
Eisenhower apparently didn’t think he would get caught. He went on to become President of the United States. I find it difficult to believe that in those days, no one cared. How many top ranking generals or commanders have been caught in sexual peccadilloes in recent history?
What message does this send to the troops? The military is rife with scandals from like Tailhook to the outrageous number of rapes taking place in the military each year. It’s really time to clean things up. The best fighting force in the world needs to acquire some common decency, especially at the top ranking level. The eyes of the world are watching. Things don’t look so good.