Three US Navy flag officers have become the highest-ranking officials thus far punished in the Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA) bribery and corruption scandal, each receiving a letter of censure from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.
Rear Adms. Mike Miller, Terry Kraft and David Pimpo were all punished for conduct during the January to July 2006 deployment of the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan. Miller was the strike group commander, Kraft the carrier’s commanding officer, and Pimpo the ship’s supply officer on that cruise.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Navy said the three officers “were found to have improperly accepted gifts from a prohibited source, two were found to have improperly endorsed a commercial business, and one engaged in solicitation of gifts and services from a prohibited source, when they were deployed to the Seventh Fleet area of responsibility during the 2006-2007 timeframe.”
The Seventh Fleet is based in the Western Pacific.
“The review,” the Navy’s statement continued, “concluded that these officers violated the Standards of Ethical Conduct, US Navy Regulations, and/or the Joint Ethics Regulation, demonstrating poor judgment and a failure of leadership.
“More specifically, the review concluded that the solicitation and acceptance of these gifts as well as the inappropriately familiar relationship with Mr. Leonard Glenn Francis, President and Chief Executive Officer of GDMA, cultivated an unacceptable ethical climate within the respective commands.”
The letters of censure were recommended by the Consolidated Disposition Authority (CDA), a Navy entity Mabus created in March 2014 to review GDMA cases passed on by the Justice Department. In those cases, if the initial investigation detected no criminal activity but found potential ethical or code violations, evidence was turned over to the Navy for further examination.