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CMC fired after drunk driving arrest

Jun. 26, 2012 - 02:51PM   |   Last Updated: Jun. 26, 2012 - 02:51PM  |  
Command Master Chief (SW/AW/FMF) William R. Adams was fired June 13
Command Master Chief (SW/AW/FMF) William R. Adams was fired June 13 (Navy)
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The command master chief of the San Diego-based guided missile destroyer Gridley has been fired after his arrest in Millington, Tenn., on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, Navy Surface Forces confirmed Tuesday.

Command Master Chief (SW/AW/FMF) William R. Adams was fired June 13 by his boss, Gridley's commanding officer Cmdr. Benjamin Allbritton, for loss of confidence in Adams' ability to fulfill his role, said Lt. Rick Chernitzer, spokesman for Naval Surface Forces in San Diego.

The relief happened the same day Adams was arrested while in Millington for a pre-deployment conference for the Gridley, which is scheduled to deploy later this year.

It's unclear if Albritton was also in Millington at the time of the incident and if the relief happened there. Chernitzer did say that other disciplinary and administrative action is possible, pending the outcome of a command investigation still underway. He also confirmed that Adams has been administratively reassigned during that investigation, but did not specify where he has been sent.

Adams is the 10th senior enlisted leader fired this year.

Adams had been the CMC of Gridley since Dec. 8, 2010, and was already slated to be relieved in July by Master Chief Sonar Technician (Surface) (SW) Michael Gonzales, currently the senior enlisted advisor at Destroyer Squadron 23.

Adams joined the Navy in 1988 and served most of his career as a hospital corpsman before being picked for the command senior chief program in 2008 and reported onboard the frigate Reuben James on June 8, 2008.

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