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Local Navy Reserve commander fired for hazing incident

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An investigation into allegations of hazing resulted in a Navy Reserve commander in Rock Island being relieved of his command.

Lt. Commander Jack O’Neill, commanding officer of the Navy Operational Support Center was fired March 19, 2013.

A March 25, 2013 statement from the U.S. Navy said O’Neill was relieved of his command “due to a loss of confidence in O’Neill’s ability to command.”

O’Neill’s firing came after an investigation into allegations of hazing during a drill weekend March 9, 2013.  The incident was reported March 10.  Details of the hazing and O’Neill’s connection to the incident have not been released.

The decision was made as a result of the investigation “as well as other command climate issues,” the Navy statement said.

Navy Times reported O’Neill is the sixth commanding officer fired this year.

O’Neill was temporarily reassigned to the Army Garrison ad the Rock Island Arsenal.

Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Cissell of the NRWRCC staff was named as the temporary replacement for O’Neill.