THE REAL REASON WHY FEMALE SKIPPER WALKED
AWAY FROM HER SHIP - CMDR SARAH DeGROOT
UP AND QUIT AS COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE
USS RUSHMORE AT SAN DIEGO - UNPRECEDENTED
ACT FOR OFFICER - THREE-STRIPER JOINED NAVY
18 YEARS AGO - HAD ONCE BEEN XO OF CRAFT

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CMDR SARAH DeGROOTThis one's got the entire fleet buzzing.

The skipper of dock landing ship Rushmore has suddenly quit her command. No official reason has been given. We'll get into that a little later in this story. But right now, we want to put out the facts we know, as a flood of e-mails from curious sailors and others have poured into us here at MilitaryCorruption.com.

Sarah DeGroot is a three-striper and has been commanding officer since this past March. Prior to her taking the helm, the Long Beach, Calif. native was executive officer aboard the ship. In her up-until-now spotless career, she served aboard the dock landing ship Pearl Harbor, aircraft carrier Constellation, and did time at Naval Surface Force Atlantic.

A 1998 graduate of Texas A&M University, she was commissioned an ensign out of Naval ROTC. DeGroot's bizarre act is all the more strange because she falls short of time to qualify for a 20-year active-duty retirement. Quitting one's command is an almost certain career-killer.

PLAYING THE GUESSING GAME

We've heard lots of theories, but one, we can shoot down right away. The commander was not pregnant. No way. Whatever the real reason for her and the Navy's acute embarrassment in this episode must be a doozy. No one is going on the record here - not DeGroot or the Navy public affairs office. No official statement, at least not yet.

Yes, we have our San Diego C.I.s on the job, but we'd like to buttress their efforts by inviting
our faithful readers who may be "in-the-know" on this to contact MCC as soon as possible. We will, of course, protect your identity. Thank you.

Five years ago, we ran a story on the last naval officer to voluntarily resign. He was CMDR Dave Koss of the famed BLUE ANGELS flying team. A most conscientious officer, he stepped down as commander in 2011, taking the blame for a stunt executed at too low an altitude. For more on this case, look below to our related stories.

 

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