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Little comfort for this Navy skipper

The commander of the USNS Comfort got the big boot last Monday, just days before the ship deployed. Interestingly, her predecessor also was relieved.

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150401-N-JO245-100 NORFOLK (April 1, 2015) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (TA-H 20) departs Naval Station Norfolk. Comfort is deploying to support Operation Continuing Promise 2015, a series of humanitarian exercises conducted under the direction of U.S. Southern Command to provide medical, dental and veterinary aid to people in the Caribbean, Central and South America. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Justin Yarborough/Released)

The commander of the USNS Comfort got the big boot last Monday, just days before the ship deployed. Interestingly, her predecessor also was relieved.

Again, congratulations to the Navy for showing both accountability and transparency. Now how about the other services realizing that their obligations to the public should outweigh their misplaced belief that relieved senior officers deserve to be shielded from scrutiny?

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. @tomricks1

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