Stars and Strips is reporting today that Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette, who was in command of an aircraft carrier strike group in the Middle East, is being temporarily reassigned due to an allegation of “inappropriate leadership judgment.”

A spokesperson for the Navy declined to give details on the allegation, but Stars and Stripes reports that “it is highly unusual for the Navy to replace a carrier strike group commander during its deployment.”

The news comes just two days after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the replacement for Gen. Carter Ham, who was serving as commander of U.S. Africa Command. Ham was one of two top military commanders Panetta mentioned during a news conference on Thursday at the Pentagon, during which Panetta said the commanders “felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk” in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11., “without knowing what’s going on, without having some real-time information about what’s taking place.”

Details are scarce, but some can’t help wonder about the timing of these military shake-ups.

Stars and Stripes says the USS John C. Stennis arrived in its area of operations in the Middle East on Oct. 17, after making port visits in Thailand and Malaysia.

  • http://www.facebook.com/darlajune Darla June Yow

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  • yviemarie88

    Highly unusual and devastating to an officer. I hope this is the final straw in Obamas firewall. Somebody really needs to get to the bottom of this.

  • McCabe

    It seems like Obama may be replacing command officers with Obamazombies.

    • GaryTheBrave

      Makes one wonder if he plans on pulling what Chavez did in Venezuela.

    • Guest

      most of the generals and admirals are ALREADY Obamazombies… hence, why they DIDNT take any action on their own… like the CIA ex Navy SEALS did.

  • Truckerjim

    Time to impeach Obama. The military damned sure didn’t fail to act in a timely manner.

  • Tony0920

    Ham – “that is one huge driveshaft”. Garouetee – “these brake lines look a tad rusty” #Underbus

  • grais

    Are we finally seeing where the buck stops?

  • http://littlebytesnews.blogspot.com littlebytes

    Did the second in command of AFRICOM apprehend General Ham and tell him that he was now relieved of his command??

    The plot thickens….Benghazigate: We Know Now Who Gave the Order Not to Protect the Consulate!! http://sco.lt/6ZzYpd

  • scalzo

    This admiral and general should come out and tell the truth. Since the Obama staff wants to throw them under the bus as well. Where you ordered to stand down by the WH?

    • heidioftherockies

      Hope GM can built a bus big enough to fit all the people being thrown under it!

  • NotSure589

    If Obama were not the first black president in USA history he would have already been impeached. This is much worse than Watergate and still the media, as a whole, are not pressing for truth. I can not see or hear Obama without seeing the embassy burning and the USA citizens waiting for help that never came. There is also the question of why Libya was not given more security or the ambassador pulled to a safer location when the first attacks happened in May. God save us from Obama and his administration.

    • Azrag66

      The media is going along with cover up. I just read an article in this morning that is covering up the whole story.

      • NotSure589

        Yes, and now the media is saying bloggers can not call the President a liar, and I say he has proven he is and if the shoe fits.

  • MissSterious

    OMG! Panetta’s excuse was pathetic! There are SF teams ready 24/7 for EXACTLY the situation in Benghazi!! Please, more information needed? How the the SEALs there on the ground in the fight? Could it get more detailed? Those on the ground were not tourists from Kansas! They were SEALs!!! They KNEW what information was needed! OMG they painted the mortar team!! My heart just breaks thinking that these brave men, had trained and knew how it worked and were probably thinking help was coming BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT OUR MILITARY DOES!!

  • MissSterious

    OMG! Panetta’s excuse was pathetic! There are SF teams ready 24/7 for EXACTLY the situation in Benghazi!! Please, more information needed? How the the SEALs there on the ground in the fight? Could it get more detailed? Those on the ground were not tourists from Kansas! They were SEALs!!! They KNEW what information was needed! OMG they painted the mortar team!! My heart just breaks thinking that these brave men, had trained and knew how it worked and were probably thinking help was coming BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT OUR MILITARY DOES!!

  • http://win.nationbuilder.com/ ElRonaldo

    Ham has not been publicly relieved and is noted as AFRICOM commander in a DOD press release on Oct 24, 2012 speaking to ROTC cadets in DC: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=118296 I wonder just how long he’s been back in the US away from his command with his deputy actually in charge.

    The Army knows better than to relieve a commander publicly when it could track back to the president on a given date like Sep 11. But we should try to discover if Ham’s deputy did not relieve him on Sep 11 and then the administration ‘changed its mind’ (perhaps on advice from the JCS) as soon as Gen Ham was ‘feet wet’ over the Atlantic on his way back to Washington DC. Ham is still AFRICOM commander and his name will not be taken off the AFRICOM web site as commander until the Senate confirms his replacement appointment. If the name changes before the Senate can consider, it would be an ‘Acting Commander’ who is on the web site until the Senate confirms. Of course, the Senate will not meet to consider his replacement until after the election. Ham has served only 18 months as AFRICOM commander – the officers I checked with said that was a very short tenure for a major Unified Combat Command commander.

    If Ham showed an inclination to disobey orders to stand down and send aid to Benghazi, they only needed him out of the way for a few hours. Put him on a plane to DC, and his deputy owns the command.

    We like to think of the JCS as helping the President decide where to move the carriers or where to put this division or that corps… but for an administration like Obama’s the JCS’s real value is to remind him “Mr President, if you relieve this commander on this date, it will track directly back to you and you’ll have put a pin in the map with your fingerprints all over it.”

    If there is any truth to the rumor about Ham being ‘temporarily removed’ because he was about to act to rescue the fighters in Benghazi, we’ll have to look for evidence much more subtle – instead of asking PIO’s at AFRICOM, we’d have to look for an E6 in an aviation unit to give us a .pdf of a Sep 11 manifest of Ham boarding a plane for Washington.

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  • Burt Zerker

    Sounds like Admirals and Generals that don’t ‘play ball’,..or ‘take the fall’ aren’t wanted.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dutra123123 Joe Dutra

    My guess is he refused to stand down when ordered to by Obama. There is the faint odor of mutiny in the air.

  • stuckinIL4now

    Hmm, “leadership judgment” issues? You mean like they might have told the truth and decided to do what was right.

  • Azrag66

    I don’t believe Panetta, another big lie from this adminstration. Military men in their positions do not make those type of decisions, the decision has to come from the president.