The Navy is suffering from a rather severe leadership catastrophe and it seems to be accelerating in the wrong direction as it tears apart the Navy. If this story is true the Navy needs to sack the senior watch officer, the duty section leader, the CO and the XO of the boat.
US Navy identifies sailor who killed 2 civilians at Hawaii base. MMFA Romero, 22, was said to be dissatisfied with his leadership, was undergoing counseling, and had a history of non-judicial punishment.
He used his service pistol and rifle in the attack, which he was authorized to carry while providing security for the Columbia.I have trouble believing that the submarine in question was stupid enough to give weapons to a man like Romero. You're supposed to know exactly who you can and who you won't ever issue weapons to and I don't like the thought that one of the latter category was even assigned to a submarine.
The leader's job is to keep an eye on the young and possibly crazy, not give them weapons. I'll be honest, I've served as senior watch officer and had no problem arming two sailors disciplined by an idiot at captain's mast but I had good reason to think they weren't going to kill anybody that didn't need killing. In Columbia's case, I don't think they had any right to assume that of a 22 year old loser.
God only knows what happened at Pensacola but it doesn't look good at all.