14 Sep '13, 1am

Commander aboard Navy hospital ship relieved of duty, accused of false fitness report

Commander aboard Navy hospital ship relieved of duty, accused of false fitness report

SAN DIEGO – The commander of the medical facility aboard one of the Navy’s two hospital ships was relieved Friday in part for falsely reporting the results of his physical fitness assessment, the Navy said. Capt. William B. Cogar, 59, was relieved of his duties as commander of Medical Treatment Facility USNS Mercy after an Inspector General’s investigation “into allegations of irregularities in the administration of the MTF’s physical fitness assessment program,” according to a Navy news release. After a non-judicial hearing Friday, Rear Adm. Thomas K. Shannon, the commander of Military Sealift Command, found that Cogar tried to influence his fitness assessment results and that he negligently failed to comply with and execute the requirements of the Physical Readiness Program. Shannon also found that Cogar failed to obey an order or regulation and that he engaged in conduc...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/navy/commander-aboard-navy-ho...

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