U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Paul Schlise assigned as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command

Dec. 3, 2018: U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, the Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, the U.S. Fifth Fleet and the Combined Maritime Forces, died on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. He was 58. Stearney was found dead on Dec. 1 in his residence in Bahrain, according to Navy officials. U.S. Department of Defense officials said an investigation had been launched into Stearney’s death, though no foul play is suspected. Officials told CBS News that the death was being treated as an “apparent suicide.” Stearney, who The Navy Times said was 58 at the time of his death, took charge of the Navy’s Fifth Fleet and Naval Forces Central Command in May, 2018. He oversaw U.S. naval operations in the Middle East and Southwest Asia, which includes more than 20,000 U.S. and allied forces. U.S. Navy Adm. John M. Richardson, the Chief of Naval Operations, said in a Saturday, Dec. 1, statement that the Deputy Commander of the Fifth Fleet, Rear Adm. Paul J. Schlise, had assumed command. Stearney graduated from the University of Notre Dame, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in economics before he was commissioned in the Navy in October, 1982. He subsequently entered flight training and was designated as a Naval Aviator in April, 1984. Stearney graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School, and he received a master of science degree in national resource strategy from the National Defense University. Operationally, he worked in numerous strike fighter squadrons flying the FA-18 Hornet. His fleet assignments include the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-87, the Knighthawks of Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-136 and Strike Warfare Officer for the Commander of Carrier Group 4. Stearney commanded the Wildcats of VFA-131 and Carrier Air Wing Seven embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. He worked in Kabul, Afghanistan, as the Chief of Staff of Joint Task Force 435 and later Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435. Ashore, Stearney worked as an instructor and readiness officer at the Navy Fighter Weapons School, as an Aide de Camp to the Chief of Naval Operations, as a Deputy Director, J6, U.S. Joint Forces Command, as an Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, and as the Chief of Staff, Strike Force Training Atlantic. His flag assignments included Commander, U.S. Transportation Command’s Joint Enabling Capabilities Command; Commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic; Commander, Carrier Strike Group 4; Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command; and Director of Operations, U.S. Central Command.

Attribution: The Washington Post

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