Skip to comments.Fired Navy sub commander had affair with spouse of enlisted sailor
Posted on 02/12/2020 8:34:14 AM PST by RitchieAprile
The former commanding officer of the USS Montpelier pleaded guilty in December to charges stemming from an inappropriate relationship with the spouse of an enlisted subordinate, according to the Navy's report of trial results.
Cmdr. William B. Swanbeck, who was relieved of command of the fast-attack submarine in June 2018 due to "a loss of confidence in his ability to command," pleaded guilty at a special court martial to conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman as part of a pretrial agreement for engaging in the inappropriate relationship.
Swanbeck was sentenced on Dec. 4 to a reprimand and the forfeiture of $1,500 pay per month for 11 months, the trial results said. Since his relief, Swanbeck has served as a special assistant to the commanding officer of the naval base in Groton, Connecticut, according to his LinkedIn account.
Swanbeck "is still technically assigned to the Montpelier although he was removed from the submarine after he was relieved of command," Cmdr. Jodie Cornell, a spokeswoman for Navy Submarine Forces, told Task & Purpose on Monday. "He will remain temporarily assigned to the squadron until all administrative processes are complete."
At the time of his firing, Navy officials did not provide anything more than a "loss of confidence" as reason for the dismissal, although a spokeswoman confirmed to Navy Times he was under investigation for allegations of "personal misconduct."
A native of Huron, Ohio, Swanbeck is a Naval Academy graduate who commissioned in 1999. He served aboard a number of submarines throughout his career and assumed command of the Montpelier in April 2016. The sub, named for the city of Montpelier, Vermont, is crewed by 15 officers and 129 enlisted members, according to a Navy press release.
Swanbeck's awards and decorations include three meritorious service medals, three Navy and Marine Corps commendation medals, and two Navy and Marine Corps achievement medals, according to Navy records.
Wife of an enlisted man. What a low life. Too bad he didn’t get a broken nose.
Thinking with the little head cost him dearly. Just wondering, was he pursued by the female? If so, still not an excuse.
“Swanbeck is a Naval Academy graduate who commissioned in 1999.”
LOL. Still a graduate?
He's CO of a submarine and can't remember one simple rule.
How does a guy with that kind of judgment get through sub quals any more. Oh yeah I remember. They've done away with hazing so we can be politically correct and not humiliate our crews - until they do something really dumb like run a ship aground or broadside a tanker running on a constant course and constant speed.
Are we talking “wife” in the Buttigig sense?
What a scumbag.
If his name were Patton or Eisenhower would it matter during wartime? Think B.J./Mary Jo during peacetime.
AFAIAC grounds for an immediate dishonorable discharge.
Hot racking will get you every time!
Swanbeck will be seeking another career very shortly. Compare and contrast with kingpins in the news media and entertainment industries who would consider this beneath any notice.
I’d think that is worst, opens up possibility of blackmail and espionage.
Yeah, you can’t do that.
Why keep him in? Surely it isn’t the $1500 a month. If they weren’t paying him at all, they’d save a lot more money.
Bust him to E-1, and discharge him dishonorably.
Because what he did brings great dishonor on himself and the United States Navy and her traditions.
Do NOT sh!t where you eat.
I’d need to see a picture of the enlisted man and his wife to pass final judgement.
We had a similar situation in the Marines in the 70’s.
Our Company commander, a captain, was having an affair with the First sergeant’s wife.
One morning we went to formation and they were both gone, transferred to different outfits.................
My manager on a contract with the military was a very cute 35ish year old woman that had been married for a couple of years to a guy on the base. My cube was outside her manager’s office and I would sometimes here him really, REALLY yelling at her about stuff. This was the only time in my 40 year career in IT I’ve witnessed such treatment and it was also my only military assignment.
Anyway, I found out a couple of years later that she ended up having an affair with her boss and it destroyed the marriage. And when the guy complaned about the affair when he discovered it, the higher ups told him to drop it.
What a world.
How can one determine guilt without pictures of the siren?
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