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Press Release | Sept. 12, 2019

SOUTHCOM Announces Findings of Investigation on Former GTMO Commander

MIAMI – U.S. Southern Command addresses the findings into alleged misconduct by U.S. Navy Rear Adm. John C. Ring, former commander of Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay.

U.S. Navy Adm. Craig Faller, SOUTHCOM commander, directed the investigation on March 15, 2019 and relieved Ring of duty on April 27, 2019, citing loss of confidence in his ability to command.

Due to Ring’s rank, the Department of Defense Inspector General completed a required review of the investigation before becoming final on August 1, 2019.  The investigation found that Ring mishandled or directed the mishandling of classified information, made inaccurate reports, and created a poor command climate.  Ring’s relief was not based on statements he made to the media during his tenure.

“We expect our commanders to uphold the highest standards,” said Faller.  “When senior leaders do not demonstrate the sound judgement required of their rank and position, we must hold them accountable.”

Following the investigation, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay implemented training to address the issues identified, and Faller ordered periodic inspections to assess the progress of the training.