Sector Portland’s Commanding Officer Relieved of Command

SEATTLE – Rear Adm. Gary T. Blore, commander of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District, has relieved Capt. Fredrick G. Myer from his duties as commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Portland, Ore., Friday, citing alleged misconduct due to a violation of military regulations, specifically unauthorized use of a government computer.

Specifically, Capt. Myer was found, during an investigation, to have repeatedly viewed pornographic and other restricted internet sites on a government computer.

Pending a final determination by the Commandant of the U.S Coast Guard in Washington, D.C., as to Capt. Myers case, Capt. Leonard R. Tumbarello, has been temporarily assigned to Sector Portland and the sector is conducting normal operations.

“The decision to relieve a commanding officer is never easy and is taken very seriously. We take the Service’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty as guiding principles of our personal and professional conduct,” said Rear Adm. Blore. “When any service member violates these core values they must be held accountable, especially our commanding officers. This action, while unfortunate and difficult, is in the long term best interest of the unit and the Service.”

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