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Navy fires commanding officer following investigation

Navy Cmdr. Steven J. Green was relieved on Oct. 30 after an investigation.
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Navy Cmdr. Steven J. Green
Navy Cmdr. Steven J. Green was relieved on Oct. 30 as the commanding officer of Transaction Service Center Great Lakes in Illinois. (Navy photo)

Cmdr. Steven J. Green has been fired as commanding officer of Transaction Service Center Great Lakes in Illinois, following an investigation, Navy officials announced on Tuesday.

The Navy has not said publicly what the investigation looked into.

“The relief was the result of Cmdr. Green failing to fulfill his responsibilities as the commanding officer of TSC Great Lakes,” Lt. Cmdr. John J. Stevens, a spokesman for MyNavy Career Center. “The removal of Cmdr. Green from his position as commanding officer is administrative in nature. It would be inappropriate to discuss possible future actions at this time.”

Capt. Jason R. Grose, commanding officer of Navy Pay and Personnel Support Center, relieved Green on Monday “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to fulfill the responsibilities as commanding officer,” a Navy news release says.

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The news release did not include a specific reason why Grose lost confidence in Green. The term “loss of confidence” is a catch-all euphemism used by the military branches when an officer or senior enlisted leader is fired. Media outlets often have to file Freedom of Information Act requests to learn the reasons why commanding officers were fired.

“The U.S. Navy holds commanding officers to a very high standard and holds them accountable when those standards are not met,” the news release says. “Commanding officers are entrusted with essential responsibilities to their Sailors and their commands. They are expected to maintain the Navy’s high standards of leadership by demonstrating competence in their duties at all times.”

Transaction Service Center Great Lakes is responsible for providing pay and other services to sailors who have recently joined the Navy.

Green has been administratively reassigned to Millington, Tennessee, the news release says. Navy Capt. Mary Decker, the executive officer of Transaction Service Center Norfolk, will assume the duties as commanding officer at Transaction Service Center Great Lakes

Capt. Mary Decker, currently serving as executive officer of TSC Norfolk, will assume duties as TSC Great Lakes commanding officer. TSC Great Lakes is a command under NPPSC responsible for new accession pay and personnel transaction processing. Green has been administratively reassigned to higher headquarters in Millington, Tenn.

Green enlisted in the Navy in 1993 and became a chief petty officer before he was commissioned as a limited duty officer in 2003, according to his Navy biography.  His military awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, six Navy-Marine Corps

Commendation Medal, and four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

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