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Coast Guard officer punished for commanding cutter while intoxicated

  • Author: crimeblog
  • Updated: April 29, 2016
  • Published June 30, 2011

From Kyle Hopkins --

Back in late May, the U.S. Coast Guard announced that Lt. Matthias Wholley had been relieved of command of a Coast Guard cutter in Southeast Alaska.

No reason was given at the time.

Today, the agency reveals that Wholley was "intoxicated when he directed his cutter to get underway" on May 30.

Wholley was permanently relieved of command Wednesday. That according to this announcement the Coast Guard just sent to reporters:

Coast Guard officer receives nonjudicial punishment

JUNEAU -- Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, Commander, Seventeenth Coast Guard District, awarded punishment to Lt. Matthias Wholley who was found to have violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice Thursday during an Admiral's Mast.

Wholley received a letter of reprimand, 60-day restriction, and forfeiture of half months pay for two months. Wholley has five days to appeal.

The initial issue that initiated the administrative investigation was a suspected violation of Article 112 for being intoxicated when he directed his cutter to get underway.

Wholley was temporarily relieved as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa, homeported in Petersburg on May 30, 2011 for loss of confidence in his ability to command based on allegations that he directed his vessel to get underway while he was intoxicated. An administrative investigation was completed and based on the findings Coast Guard Personnel Services Center permanently relieved Wholley Wednesday.

Lt. Cmdr. Brian Tesson is the current commanding officer of the Cutter Anacapa.

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