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CMC fired for drunk driving arrest

Jun. 6, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
Master Chief Hospital Corpsman Shanon Best was removed Monday from his post as top enlisted sailor at Navy Medicine Training Support Center, Texas.
Master Chief Hospital Corpsman Shanon Best was removed Monday from his post as top enlisted sailor at Navy Medicine Training Support Center, Texas. (Navy)
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The command master chief at the San Antonio-based Navy Medicine Training Support Center was fired Monday after his bosses learned he failed to report a Feb. 16 arrest for driving while intoxicated.

Master Chief Hospital Corpsman (FMF) Shanon Best was relieved by Capt. Joel Roos, head of the center, after he found Best guilty of drunken driving and failure to obey a lawful order.

Best’s blood-alcohol level was .07 at the time of the arrest — above the Navy’s allowable limit for driving, said Larry Coffey, spokesman for the command. Texas law puts the limit at .08.

By not reporting his arrest, Best failed to comply with rules enacted in 2011 that require officers and senior enlisted to report arrests or charges to their chain of command.

“That’s [chief of naval operations] guidance and thus a lawful order or regulation,” Coffey said.

Though the rules require the reporting of an arrest and the charges, they do not require the service member to release any other details about the incident.

“Master Chief Best has been reassigned to non CMC-related duties at the command and is currently on regular leave,” Coffey said. “He will soon go on terminal leave and will retire in August.”

Coffey said the command received an anonymous tip a couple weeks ago detailing Best’s arrest. He said he was unaware of any further details.

Best, 45, did not respond to emails seeking comment by Friday.

According to a news release, Roos said punishing Best was “difficult, but necessary, as those entrusted with leadership are required to exemplify the behaviors we expect from those we lead.”

Best entered the Navy in 1989 and has been a career-long corpsman after attending both boot camp and “A” school in San Diego. He has served in various corpsman billets, rising to master chief petty officer in 2008. He was assigned to Navy Medicine Training Support Center in 2010.?

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