“The entire U.S. Central Command team is saddened by the death of Vice. Adm. Scott Stearney, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and shipmates of this fine naval officer and leader.
While I am confident U.S. Naval Forces Central Command will continue their important mission of providing maritime security in the central region, I know they will be doing so with heavy hearts.”
- Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command