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US v. E-7

January 27, 2020

United States Navy Recruiting Command, Tennessee

HM2 Alliano hired Robert Capovilla after he tested positive for THC from a urinalysis done in June 2019. At the time he tested positive for THC, HM2 Alliano was a 19 year veteran of the United States Navy, a combat veteran, a decorated Naval Corpsman, a survivor of the 2015 Chattanooga shootings that took place at the Navy Reserve Center in Chattanooga, and a recipient of the Combat Action Ribbon. In October 2006, HM2 Alliano forward deployed with Company D, 3D Amphibious Assault Battalion, 2d Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During that deployment, several Marines that I spoke to who served with HM2 Alliano described him as an outstanding “doc” who was not afraid to put his own life at risk to save Marines in combat. For his efforts, HM2 Alliano received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with a Combat Distinguishing Device (Valor) for heroic achievement. During the board, the Recorder requested that HM2 Alliano be separated from the Navy with a less than an honorable discharge and, as a result, lose his retirement. After 4 hours of litigation, the Board rejected the Recorder’s argument and awarded HM2 Alliano with an honorable discharge but recommended that the sentence be suspended for 6 months so that HM2 Alliano could retire with all his benefits in place.

Case Result

HM2 Alliano will now retire from the Navy after 20 years of service with a full retirement and all his benefits intact.

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