The top admiral overseeing US Naval forces in the Middle East, Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, has been found dead in his residence in Bahrain, according to The Daily Wire.
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Stearney is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame. He subsequently entered flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1984. Stearney graduated from Navy Fighter Weapons School and holds a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University.
|Vice Adm. Scott Stearney|
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson says Bahraini authorities and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service are coordinating but that “at this time, no foul play is expected.”
Statement by Adm. Richardson:
UPDATE 4Team, it's my sad duty to inform you that today the Secretary of the Navy and I were informed that Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, our commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and commander of U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, was found deceased in his residence in Bahrain today. pic.twitter.com/FN8DAlWUng— Adm. John Richardson (@CNORichardson) December 1, 2018
Defense officials told CBS News they are calling it an "apparent suicide."