Navy captain fired after latest Red Hill fuel leak

April 4, 2022

Captain Albert Lee Hornyak, commanding officer of NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center, was fired following a leak this week at the Red Hill fuel facility, the Navy announced Monday evening.

Naval Supply Systems Command Rear Admiral Peter Stamatopoulos relieved Hornyak of his duties “following a series of leadership and oversight failures at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility” , the Navy said in a news release.

Asked for more details, Richard Spiegel, director of corporate communications for NAVSUP, specifically cited a leak last week at the World War II fuel facility.

The Navy and Hawaii Department of Health reported the release of approximately 30 gallons of a fuel and water mixture during a maintenance procedure in which water is removed from the tanks. It was the first fuel spill reported at the facility since two major leaks last year caused a water contamination crisis affecting tens of thousands of military customers.

“He was relieved following a loss of confidence in his ability to command and a lack of adherence to procedures during a recent dryout event,” Spiegel said.

No other details were provided. Hornyak was not court-martialed and remains an active member of the Navy, Spiegel said.

“He will be reassigned based on Navy needs,” Spiegel said.

Hornyak had only been the commander of the NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center since August 2021.

Rear Admiral Kristin Acquavella will be temporarily assigned to replace him, the Navy said, and Stamatopoulos will assign other fuel experts to assist.

“There is no impact on the (Fleet Logistics Center) mission,” the Navy said.

In an email Monday to his subordinates, Stamatopoulos said the recent release of fuel at Red Hill requires urgent action to “ensure that safe and efficient operations are inherent in everything we do.”

“Extreme security ownership and accountability will make us a stronger and more combat-effective organization,” he wrote.

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