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CO fired amid investigation of relationship

Sep. 16, 2012 - 11:07AM   |   Last Updated: Sep. 16, 2012 - 11:07AM  |  
Cmdr. Sheryl Tannahill, standing at right, was relieved of command of Navy Operational Support Center, Nashville, Tenn. The Navy is investigating allegations of a possible unduly familiar relationship between Tannahill and Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class (AW/NAC) Grady Nations, seated at right, was uncovered during Nations' court-martial. Nations' girlfriend, Jennifer Pearcy, seated at left, and Sidney Durham, standing at center, testified on behalf of Nations.
Cmdr. Sheryl Tannahill, standing at right, was relieved of command of Navy Operational Support Center, Nashville, Tenn. The Navy is investigating allegations of a possible unduly familiar relationship between Tannahill and Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class (AW/NAC) Grady Nations, seated at right, was uncovered during Nations' court-martial. Nations' girlfriend, Jennifer Pearcy, seated at left, and Sidney Durham, standing at center, testified on behalf of Nations. ()
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Cmdr. Sheryl Tannahill, commanding officer of Navy Operational Support Center Nashville, Tenn., was relieved of command Sept. 14 by Capt. George Whitbred, commander of Navy Region Midwest Reserve Component Command, because of a loss of confidence in her ability to command.

"The relief occurred in the course of an on-going investigation into allegations of a possible unduly familiar relationship between Tannahill and a sailor formerly under her command at the NOSC," said Cmdr. Tom Cotton, spokesman for the Navy Reserve Forces Command. "Tannahill has been temporarily reassigned to the staff of Commander, Navy Region Midwest Reserve Component Command in Great Lakes, Ill."

The firing makes Tannahill the 17th commanding officer relieved since January.

Cotton said the investigation into the potential allegations are ongoing and any decisions on administrative or disciplinary action against Tannahill will only come once the probe is complete.

Tannahill had recently been selected for promotion to captain and was due to take orders to the Navy Inspector General's office. That promotion and pending transfer will be put on hold until the investigation wraps up.

But the inquiry's initial findings, Cotton said, show Tannahill created the perception of an unduly familiar relationship due to lack of judgment in failing to respect differences in rank and her responsibilities as a commanding officer.

The Navy began investigating Tannahill after her testimony in Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class (NAC) Grady W. Nations' court-martial revealed the relationship with Nations.

Nations was convicted of wearing a Distinguished Flying Cross medal he hadn't earned and for submitting a forged DFC medal certificate to be included in his service record. The certificate, it came out in trial, was actually from his father's award during the Vietnam War. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Grady M. Nations was awarded the DFC in 1967 for actions as the flight engineer on a C-130 aircraft involved in rescuing downed fliers.

NOSC Nashville will be taken over by Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Seeburger, who was already slated to take over command from Tannahill later this month and is already onboard. Seeburger reported to NOSC Nashville from Strike Fighter Squadron 204 at Joint Reserve Base New Orleans.

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