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By Courtney Cube and Phil Helsel
Navy Admiral responsible for military operations in the Middle East found dead in Bahrain on Saturday, said the navy.
Deputy admiral Scott Stearney was found dead in his residence in Bahrain on Saturday and no foul play is suspected, said the chief of maritime operator admiral John Richardson in a statement. Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Bahrain’s Ministry of Internal Affairs cooperate with the investigation.
Stearney took over as the commander of the US Naval Forces Central Command and Combined Maritime Forces in May, where he commanded more than 20,000 US and coalition seamen, Marines, Coast Guard and Civilian. Stearney served 36 years in the Navy.
“This is devastating news for the Stearney family, for the team in the fifth navy and for the entire Navy. Scott Stearney was a decorated seagull warrior,” Richardson said in a statement. 1
9659007] “He was a devoted husband and dad, and he was a good friend to all of us,” said Richardson.
First Deputy Paul Schlise, Deputy Commander of the Fifth Fleet, has assumed command, he said. Jim Malloy is preparing to fly to Bahrain later today to take command of time.
Stearney was native to Chicago and joined Navy 1982 after graduating from the University of Notre Dame. He became a naval pilot in 1984 and served in the strike quadrants flying the FA-18 Hornet, according to navy website.
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He served in Kabul, Afghanistan, as Human Resources Officer for Joint Task Force 435 and later Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435. In the United States, he served as instructor and emergency response officer at the Navy Fighter Weapons School, like other roles, said the fleet.
Stearney’s previous mission included commander of the US Transportation Command’s Joint Activating Capabilities Command, Commander of Strike Force Training Atlantic, Commander of the Carrier Strike Group and Commander of the Navy Warfare Development Command and Chief of Operations of the US Central Command, said Navy. Courtney Kube