Navy Region Hawaii is looking into allegations of inappropriate conduct by some federal fire department personnel while on duty at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
The allegations appear to involve drinking alcohol and inappropriate sexual relationships.
“There is an on-going investigation being conducted by the Inspector General for Navy Region Hawaii which began in July,” said Agnes T. Tauyan, public affairs director for Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Mid-Pacific. “Federal Fire Department officials hold a position of trust and are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity.”
Tauyan’s email Friday continued: “In the interest of good order and discipline, the Navy is moving quickly to verify these serious allegations and take any necessary actions.”
Tauyan said the Navy received an anonymous complaint in August that described “unlawful and immoral acts” occurring at the Hickam Fire Station.
The complaint, an Aug. 8 letter from a “Concerned Citizen of the United States” to three Hickam commanders and the federal fire chief at Pearl Harbor, was sent to Civil Beat earlier this month.
The letter indicates that copies were also sent to other Hawaii media, U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, the U.S. Secret Service and other military and government officials.
“Some firefighters drinking heavily while on duty (are) so intoxicated that they are unable to respond to emergencies and perform their duties,” according to the letter. “Your firefighters are placing our safety and lives at risk.”
Naming names, the complaint also describes sexual relationships between a superior officer and subordinate firefighters.
President’s Safety Cited
The letter writer states that the biggest concern “is the safety of the President of the United States, Barrack [sic] Obama, who will be visiting Hickam AFB for this year’s APEC Conference in November 2011.”
Air Force One customarily lands at Hickam and remains on the tarmac while U.S. presidents visit Hawaii.
The letter states:
Your fire department is placing the integrity and safety of our whole nation at extreme risk. I am sure national security would not want your intoxicated emergency responders to be the persons to assist President Obama in an emergency. Were your firefighters drunk the other times President Obama landed in Hickam?
The president vacationed in the islands over the Christmas-New Year’s holiday.
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