By Audrea Huff
Copyright 2014 Stars and Stripes
The commanding officer and master chief of a Florida-based Navy missile unit have been relieved of their duties after an investigation found that adult-entertainment businesses were solicited in a fundraising effort for a Navy Submarine Ball, the Navy said Tuesday.
Capt. John P. Heatherington was relieved of his command of the Naval Ordnance Test Unit at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday by Strategic Systems Programs Director Vice Adm. Terry Benedict and received non-judicial punishment after a command investigation determined that golf tournament fundraisers for the annual Navy Submarine Ball solicited adult-entertainment establishments, among other businesses, for funds.
Heatherington knew of the businesses solicited but failed to take action, Strategic Systems Programs spokesman John M. Daniels said. Heatherington "was briefed throughout the process and told of the businesses sought after," Daniels said. Daniels could not say whether the same businesses had been solicited in previous years.