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Coast Guard Portland commander replaced for viewing porn websites

The commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Sector Portland operation on Friday was relieved of his duties after an investigation found he had been repeatedly viewing pornographic and other restricted websites from his Coast Guard-issued computer.

Capt. Fredrick G. Myer, who has led the shore-based Coast Guard operation located on Portland’s Swan Island since 2007, will be reassigned to the 13th Coast Guard District staff, said spokesman Lt. Collin Bronson.

Capt. Leonard R. Tumbarello, currently the deputy for U.S. Coast Guard Sector Seattle, has been temporarily assigned to head Sector Portland’s operations, which cover the area from Salmon and Snake Rivers in Idaho to the Columbia River and coastal Oregon & Washington.

The investigation began in April after internal monitoring flagged Myer’s activity on his computer, Bronson said.

Myers could face additional disciplinary actions for his unauthorized use of a military computer.

“The decision to relieve a commanding officer is never easy and is taken very seriously. We take the Service’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty as guiding principles of our personal and professional conduct,” said Rear Admiral Gary T. Blore in a statement. “When any service member violates these core values they must be held accountable, especially our commanding officers. This action, while unfortunate and difficult, is in the long term best interest of the unit and the service.”

According to the Sector Portland website, Myer is originally from Beverly, Massachusetts. He graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1986 with a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He has also earned an MBA from Strayer University, Woodbridge, Virginia.

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