Guantanamo Commander relieved after affair and murder investigation

Capt. John R. Nettleton commanding officer of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, discuses pier operations on Dec. 16, 2014. (Chief Petty Officer Keith Bryska | U.S. Navy)

Due to a loss of confidence in his abilities to command, the Navy has relieved Capt. John R. Nettleton, the commanding officer of the Navy base of Guantanamo Bay, of duty. He is also under an investigation which involves an affair with a civilian and the death of her husband. revealed the woman, Lara Tur, is the director of the Fleet and Family Services Center at the base, but would not say if she worked for Nettleton. She and her late husband, Christopher Tur, arrived at the base in 2011. During the course of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service’s investigation into Tur’s death, the alleged affair between Nettleton and Lara Tur was discovered.

According to, Tur was found dead in the waters west of the base by the Coast Guard on Jan. 11 after being reported missing by his wife a day before his body was discovered.

A statement released by the Navy said Nettleton’s boss, Navy Rear Adm. Mary M. Jackson, had lost confidence in him and reassigned him to her office in Jacksonville, Fla.

Nettleton’s former position has no role in the operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention center that is located on the base, but run by a joint task force.

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