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Submarine Officers’ Background

February 21, 2001

A court of inquiry, the Navy’s highest form of administrative investigation, could result in a recommendation for courts-martial of the three USS Greeneville officers who are the subjects:

_Cmdr. Scott Waddle. 1981 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Former executive officer of USS San Francisco. Received master’s degree in national resource strategy from the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

_Lt. Cmdr. Gerald K. Pfeifer. 1986 Naval Academy graduate. Previous assignments include two other nuclear submarines, the USS Nevada and the USS Batfish. Former commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examination Board.

_Lt. j.g. Michael J. Coen. Commissioned from the Navy ROTC at Florida State University. The Greeneville is his first assignment.

Three Navy admirals will make up the court of inquiry. They are:

_ Vice Adm. John B. Nathman. Commander of the Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Former commander of the seven-ship Nimitz Battle Group. The USS Nimitz is the largest U.S. nuclear aircraft carrier.

_ Rear Adm. Paul F. Sullivan. Director of plans and policy at the U.S. Strategic Command. Former commander of the Navy’s Trident submarine fleet in Washington state.

_ Rear Adm. David M. Stone. Commander of Cruiser/Destroyer Group FIVE and the Nimitz Battle Group. Former commander of the Standing Naval Force Mediterranean.

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