Former Coast Guard Sector Anchorage Commander to retire at reduced rank

JUNEAU, Alaska – The former Coast Guard Sector Anchorage Commander was awarded the maximum allowable punishment at an Admiral’s Mast Friday and will retire on July 1 in the grade of lieutenant with a general discharge in lieu of trial by a general court-martial.

Capt. Herbert M. Hamilton, III, was relieved of command in May 2009. An investigation conducted by the Coast Guard Investigative Service revealed that Hamilton had inappropriate relationships with several women, including officer and enlisted Coast Guard members, and civilians, over a period of more than 13 years. Hamilton also was charged with misusing government computers and cell phones; making false official statements; and soliciting an enlisted member to destroy evidence. His retirement as a lieutenant in lieu of trial by a general court-martial is the result of a pretrial agreement and Hamilton’s unsatisfactory service in the grades of captain, commander, and lieutenant commander.

Retirement in the grade of lieutenant instead of captain will result in a future retired pay loss of approximately $1.8 million. The estimated loss of future retired pay is based on an additional life expectancy of 36 years, using Internal Revenue Service life expectancy tables and Department of Defense retired pay calculations. He will depart the Service with a general discharge, rather than an honorable discharge.

The punishment imposed at Admiral’s Mast by Rear Adm. Christopher C. Colvin includes the maximum permissible forfeitures of pay in the amount of $9,577, maximum permissible restriction of 60 days, and a punitive letter of reprimand.

“Interoffice senior-junior sexual relationships result in unfair advantages and are contrary to good order and discipline,” said Rear Adm Colvin. “The resolution to this case should send a strong message that conduct unbecoming an officer and violations of the Coast Guard’s interpersonal relationships policy will not be tolerated and may have significant repercussions, especially at the senior officer level.

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