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Navy announces final discipline actions against civilian security on duty during shooting on USS Mahan

Posted at 4:03 PM, May 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-15 17:19:15-04

Norfolk, Va. - The Commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic has announced the completion of the administrative actions against three Naval Station Norfolk civilian personnel who were assigned as gate security guards the night Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Mayo was killed in the line of duty on the USS Mahan.

The disciplinary actions were initiated on April 1st, more than a year after the incident took place.

On April 7th, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, Rear Adm. Rick Williamson announced that of the five Department of Defense civilian gate guards on duty at the time of the shooting, two have resigned and three were issued a Notice of Proposed Discipline.

On Friday, it was announced what the disciplinary actions are.

The civilian security officer who allowed Jeffrey Tyrone Savage through the gate resigned in lieu of proposed removal from federal service.

The civilian night watch commander supervisor who failed to provide proper oversight received a 14 day suspension without pay.

The civilian police officer at the gate who failed to alert security about the unauthorized entry in a timely manner received a 14 day suspension without pay.

The investigation into the incident revealed that failures to follow security procedures at an entry control point allowed an unauthorized civilian, Jeffrey Tyrone Savage, onto the base which led to the shooting of MA2 Mark Mayo on the USS Mahan.

Savage made his way to pier and onto the ship where he attacked the ship’s Petty Officer of the Watch, took her pistol and shot Mayo as he attempted to protect the POOW. Savage was shot by the ship’s security personnel.

The Navy made changes to security on base in the immediate aftermath of the shooting and continues to review processes and procedures to prevent future incidents.

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