Cmdr. Carlton Chambers, left, and Cmdr. Corinne Parker exchange a congratulatory hand shake during a change of command ceremony in April 2011 aboard Joint Base Andrews, Md., when Parker took command of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 1 (VR-1). Parker was relieved of her command April 16. (Navy)
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The commander of the Navy squadron charged with transporting senior Navy and Marine Corps leaders has been fired after an investigation revealed the possible falsification of administrative records.
Cmdr. Corrine Parker was fired Monday as head of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 1, a job she has held since April 2011, and was replaced temporarily by Cmdr. Robert Coogan, the squadron's executive officer.
Capt. Patrick Barrett, commander of Fleet Logistics Support Wing, relieved Parker after an investigation into accusations of falsification of administrative records led to a loss of confidence in Parker's ability to command, said Lt. Matt Allen, a Navy spokesman at the Pentagon. She is the seventh commander fired so far this year.
"Cmdr. Parker has been reassigned to duties at Naval Air Facility Washington pending the completion of accountability actions stemming from the investigation," Allen said.
Allen said he had no more information as to the nature of the accusations or how the incident came to light, but noted that "the relief was based on allegations of falsified administrative records and not any safety issues."
VR-1 is located at Joint Base Andrews, Md., and shares runways with the Air Force. The squadron flies corporate-style jets for senior Navy and Marine Corps leaders.
Last month, an aircraft from the squadron with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus aboard http://www.navytimes.com/news/2012/03/navy-ray-mabus-cracked-window-forces-plane-back-032712w/">was forced to return to Andrews when a window in the cockpit cracked while on a flight to Orlando, Fla.