Navy Relieves Fleet Readiness Center East Commander

April 18, 2022 1:45 PM
Fleet Readiness Center East Commanding Officer Col. Thomas A. Atkinson speaks during a Jan. 27 ceremony at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center celebrating the official launch of the Eastern North Carolina (ENC) Tech Bridge, an initiative that aims to reduce the timeline and costs associated with the Navy’s procurement process. U.S. Navy Photo

The Navy relieved the commander of Fleet Readiness Center East Friday over a “lack of confidence,” the service said in a news release.

Commander of Fleet Readiness Centers Rear Adm. Joseph Hornbuckle relieved Marine Corps Col. Thomas Atkinson, according to the release. Capt. James Belmont, who was scheduled to assume command in May, has taken over the position.

Atkinson is temporarily reassigned to the Fleet Readiness Centers headquarters in Patuxent River, Md. The Navy did not say what led to Hornbuckle losing confidence in Atkinson.

Atkinson assumed command in May 2021, after previously serving as executive officer, according to his LinkedIn.

Atkinson is from Port Townsend, Wash., and commissioned into the Marine Corps in June 1996, according to the Fleet Readiness Center East. Prior to joining the fleet readiness center, his duties includes aircraft maintenance and acquisition assignments.

Heather Mongilio

Heather Mongilio

Heather Mongilio is a reporter with USNI News. She has a master’s degree in science journalism and has covered local courts, crime, health, military affairs and the Naval Academy.
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