This was a disturbing news story:
“The No. 2 officer at the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces is suspected in a case involving counterfeit gambling chips at a western Iowa casino and has been suspended from his duties, officials said.”
“As a career submarine officer, Giardina has served on both fast attack and ballistic missile submarines in both the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets including command of USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) (Gold), and duty in USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 709) as executive officer. He commanded Submarine Squadron 17 in Bangor, Wash. , which included 10 Trident submarines, from July 2001 to July 2003.”
“He most recently served as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, United States Pacific Fleet. His most recent command assignment was as commander, Submarine Group Trident, Submarine Group Nine, and Submarine Group 10 where he was responsible for all 18 U.S. Trident Submarines.“
Vice-admiral is a three star or Lt. General rank….and being responsible for all 18 Trident Submarines is a very significant position in the Navy. The question is why one would ever put themselves in a position that questions their honor/ethics.
The main issue in the Vice-Admirals suspension is counterfeit gambling chips….probably not a major infraction….yet never-the-less an infraction and not one a Vice-Admiral/Lt. General should ever be associated with.
Cetianly an ethics failure and even more so common sense. The Vice-Admiral needs to be relieved and retired,