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According to the publication Stars & Stripes, Captain William B. Cogar was relieved of his duties as commander of Medical Treatment Facility USNS Mercy for falsely reporting the results of his physical fitness assessment. Cogar was also charged with failing to obey an order or regulation and engaging in conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, according to a Navy news release.

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shirleyberan Sept. 15, 2013 @ 1:57 p.m.

Don - how does the guy, even a doctor, report on his own fitness? Shouldn't that be done by another doctor to ensure no bias?! I'd give myself rave reviews if I wanted the job. Maybe it's the Navy that has the issue.

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Don Bauder Sept. 16, 2013 @ 12:30 p.m.

shirleyberan: Don't know the answer to that. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Sept. 15, 2013 @ 4:18 p.m.

The Navy has, in recent years, been firing ship captains in large numbers. By historic standards that sort of turnover has been abnormally high in the past five or so years. Nobody in the Navy will say why this is happening. Some blame it on more women sailors on the ships, hence more illicit sexual activity and jealousies, etc., etc. I"m not willing to think that's the reason. Is the Navy getting more serious about what they expect from their skippers? That could be true, given that it has far fewer ships in the fleet than in many decades. Or maybe twenty years ago it had the wrong values and the wrong promotion criteria and now is reaping a crop of poor leaders.

One thing not made totally clear here is if this officer is also a physician. You might assume so, but he may be a line officer, in command of the ship but not the head of its hospital functions.

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Don Bauder Sept. 16, 2013 @ 12:33 p.m.

Visduh: Cogar became a doctor in 1988. Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell Sept. 16, 2013 @ 11:25 p.m.

Dr. Cogar has impressive credentials. It appears that he's accused of falsifying his own medical records so he could remain in the Navy. He probably had a health issue that he was trying to hide. He's more than paid his dues, having spent a lot of time at sea and serving on a submarine. A real shame.

http://www.navyleague-sd.com/cogarbio.htm

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Don Bauder Sept. 17, 2013 @ 11:28 a.m.

Burwell: Yes, it is a shame. Best, Don Bauder

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