According to the U.S. Naval Research Society News Network (USNI), two U.S. Navy officials said that Major General Trent DeMoss, who was in charge of the naval aviation repair station, was accused of sexual harassment, and had been dismissed after the Navy opened an investigation into him.
Trent Demos, the commander of the Fleet Preparedness Center (CFRC), was dismissed by Lieutenant General Dean Peters, the commander of the Naval Aviation Systems Command, on April 5 local time, for losing confidence in his command ability. Demos’ position will be temporarily held by Colonel Christopher Cucci, deputy commander of the Fleet’s Warfare Center, until a replacement is found. Demos was assigned to the Naval Aviation System Command.
U.S. Navy officials said that Demos’ dismissal was made after a preliminary review of sexual harassment allegations against Demos.
“The Navy Watchdog is investigating the matter and we will not comment on the ongoing investigation,” U.S. Navy spokesman Charlie Brown said in a statement.
It is reported that Demos was promoted from deputy commander of the Fleet Preparedness Center to commander in 2020. He graduated from Morehead State University in 1990 and served in 1991. He served as a professional aviation maintenance officer, deployed with the aircraft carrier George Washington (CVN-73) in 1992 and the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in 2007. In addition to some of the positions in the Fleet Warfare Center, he was deployed to Kosovo and Macedonia in 2001 to support the Falcon Task Force and the Common Guardian mission.
It is worth mentioning that in early March, when President Biden addressed the White House, he promised to address the “scourg” of neutral aggression by the U.S. military. He said: “We must take action against sexual assault, harassment and violence against women in the army. Sexual assault is abominable and wrong at all times, and in our military, the cohesion of so many units is based on trusting your peers to support you. And that (sexual assault) has posed a threat to our national security.
Biden also said: “My government will go all out to end the scourge of military neutral aggression. Now, we will focus on this from the top, and I know we can do it. The U.S. military has defeated America’s enemies on land, air and sea, and sexual assault cannot defeat us.”