UPDATED: Navy Removes Special Warfare Group 8 Commodore from Command

March 20, 2024 3:39 PM - Updated: March 21, 2024 12:43 PM

Naval Special Warfare Command commander Rear Adm. Keith Davids relived the commodore of Naval Special Warfare Group Eight Wednesday, citing a loss of confidence following driving while intoxicated arrest in Virginia

The Special Warfare Command release does not indicate where Capt. Richard Zaszewski, who took on the command in August 2021, will be stationed following his removal from command according to his releasable biography, will go. Deputy Commodore Capt. Stig Sanness assumed the commodore duties.

“There is no impact to NSWG-8’s mission readiness,” reads the release.

Zaszewski was arrested on Jan. 19 by police in Virginia for driving while intoxicated, according to public records. He was arraigned on the charges on Feb. 2, according to the filings.

Zaszewski’s career has mostly been in special warfare since he commissioned into the Navy through the Villanova University Reserve Officer Training Corps. He reported to his first East Coast-based special warfare unit in May 1998.

Since then, he has been a part of nine other special warfare units. His releasable biography does not indicate which units or what billets he had.

Prior to taking over as commodore of Naval Special Warfare Group Eight, Zaszewski was at the Joint Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg, N.C.

Over his career, Zaszewski has been awarded a Silver Star, three Bronze Stars and a Legion of Merit, among other commendations.

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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