Vice Admiral Scott Stearney Found Dead in Bahrain
Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, commander of the US Naval Forces Central Command and the Fifth Fleet, was found dead on Saturday in his residence in Bahrain. Authorities say it was an apparent suicide, and foul play is not suspected. NCIS is investigating in conjunction with Bahrain officials. Rear Admiral Paul Schlise, the deputy commander of Fifth Fleet, has assumed his duties.
Team, it’s my sad duty to inform you that today the Secretary of the Navy and I were informed that Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, our commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and commander of U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, was found deceased in his residence in Bahrain today. pic.twitter.com/FN8DAlWUng
— Adm. John Richardson (@CNORichardson) December 1, 2018
His US Navy Biography states,
Vice Adm. Scott Stearney is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics prior to commissioning in the U.S. Navy in October 1982. He subsequently entered flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1984. Stearney graduated from Navy Fighter Weapons School and holds a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University.
Operationally, he served 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 commander, Carrier Group 4. Stearney commanded the Wildcats of VFA-131 and Carrier Air Wing Seven embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. He served in Kabul, Afghanistan, as chief of staff of Joint Task Force 435 and later Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435.
Ashore, Stearney served as instructor and readiness officer at Navy Fighter Weapons School, aide de camp to the chief of naval operations, deputy director J6 U.S. Joint Forces Command, executive assistant to deputy commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command and chief of staff, Strike Force Training Atlantic.
His flag assignments include 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.
The Fifth Fleet includes the Middle East hotspot, and in recent years has dealt with Iranian boats, missiles from Houthi rebels, the war in Yemen, and a host of other issues Adm Stearney inherited in May 2018. Suicide among flag officers is relatively rare.
Featured photo: Vice Adm Scott Stearney in July, 2018. US Marine Corps /Sgt Wesley Timm