Navy Fires Commander of Portland Reserve Center over Performance Issues

Reservists assigned to the Navy Operational Support Center Portland.
Reservists assigned to the Navy Operational Support Center Portland pose for a photo after conducting a dress white uniform inspection in Portland, Ore., June 6. 2017. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Heather C. Wamsley)

The head of a Navy support center in Oregon was removed from her job last week after a superior lost confidence in her ability to lead.

Cmdr. Erin Borozny was relieved of command of Navy Operational Support Center Portland, officials announced on Friday. Borozny’s relief was carried out by Capt. Jonas Jones, who heads up Navy Region Northwest Reserve Component Command.

Navy officials did not respond to questions about the details surrounding Borozny’s firing, and the commander didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A Friday news release said only that Jones lost confidence in Borozny’s ability to command.

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“Further proceedings are not anticipated at this time,” the Navy news release states.

Lt. Adam Demeter, a Navy spokesman, told Task & Purpose the decision to relieve Borozny was based on her "overall performance," and said she was not under investigation. Borozny led the operational support center for less than a year, having assumed command in October 2019.

Cmdr. Christian Parilla of Navy Region Northwest Reserve Component Command Everett in Washington has temporarily replaced Borozny as commanding officer until a permanent relief is assigned, according to the Navy news release.

Borozny has been temporarily reassigned to Reserve center’s regional parent command in Everett.

The Navy has dozens of operational support centers across the country, which oversee the readiness of reservists in those regions.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the year Borozny took command.

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