Navy Doctor Fired After Attempt to Falsify Own Fitness Assessment

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The Virginian-Pilot(Norfolk, VA.)
September 14, 2013 Saturday
The Virginian-Pilot Edition
LOCAL; Pg. B3
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Mercy's top doctor fired after attempt to falsify fitness assessment

By Dianna Cahn

The Virginian-Pilot

First, the top doctor on the Navy's East Coast hospital ship was sacked. On Friday, just more than two weeks later, the Navy's equivalent on the West Coast was fired.

Capt. William Cogar was relieved as commanding officer of the medical treatment facility on the San Diego-based hospital ship Mercy on Friday, after an investigation into allegations he tried to falsify his own physical fitness assessment results, the Navy said.

Cogar, who assumed command in March, was fired following an admiral's mast, or disciplinary hearing, with Rear Adm. Thomas Shannon, commander of the Military Sealift Command, which oversees the two hospital ships: the Mercy and the Norfolk-based Comfort.

Capt. Kevin Knoop, commander of the Comfort's medical treatment facility, was relieved of his duties Aug. 28 after an investigation identified command climate problems and a lack of leadership, which Knoop has denied.

Cogar was found to have attempted to influence his own physical fitness assessment results and "failed to comply with and execute the requirements of the Physical Readiness Program," the command said in a news release. He was cited with failure to obey an order or regulation and conduct unbecoming an officer.

The nonjudicial punishment followed an Inspector General's investigation into allegations that he falsified records and made false statements in his administration of the physical fitness program, the statement said.

Cogar was reassigned to the Navy's medical center in San Diego. Capt. Jeffrey Paulson, a former medical treatment center commander, has taken the post temporarily until a permanent replacement is named.

The statement said one other Mercy crewmember was held accountable for actions that "did not meet the high standards expected of Navy leadership."

Dianna Cahn, 757-222-5846,dianna.cahn@pilotonline.com

Capt. Jeffrey Paulson will be commanding officer of the medical treatment facility on the San Diego-based hospital ship Mercy until a permanent replacement is named. U.S. navy Capt. William Cogar was cited with failure to obey an order or regulation and conduct unbecoming an officer.
September 14, 2013

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