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Shadowhawks’ commander relieved

The commanding officer of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 has been relieved of duty by Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, while operating in the Gulf of Oman Tuesday, according to a press release from the U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs Office.

Cmdr. Karl Pugh was relieved by Capt. Jeffery A. Davis following non-judicial punishment proceedings for an alcohol-related incident that occurred July 12 during a port visit to Manama, Bahrain.

VAQ-141 executive officer, Cmdr. Michael J. Miller, has assumed command of the squadron.

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island officials had no comment.

This is the second Whidbey Island squadron commander to be relieved of duty this year. Cmdr. Timothy Murphy, former commander of VAQ-129, was

relieved of duty April 11, following a citation by Anacortes police for driving under the influence.

The Shadowhawks, deployed with CVW-8, are embarked on board USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), conducting support operations for Enduring Freedom and New Dawn, as well as maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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