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    After Causing Crash that Killed 2, Supporters of Navy Lt. Ridge Alkonis Say He Should Be Promoted

    After Causing Crash that Killed 2, Supporters of Navy Lt. Ridge Alkonis Say He Should Be Promoted

    The Navy officer whose family and friends mounted a successful, if controversial, campaign to get him out of Japanese prison after his 2021 car accident left two dead are now outraged at what they say is another injustice — his denied promotion.

    On May 29, 2021, Lt. Ridge Alkonis was behind the wheel of a family minivan returning from Mount Fuji when, in a moment of unconsciousness, he swerved off the road into a noodle shop and crushed two Japanese nationals — an 85-year-old woman and her 54-year-old son-in-law.

    Since then, there was a guilty plea; a stint in Japanese jail for Alkonis; an early return to U.S. custody; and, on Jan. 12, his parole and release — all amid a family campaign that featured numerous editorials, TV appearances and presidential lobbying. Shortly after that, Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro decided not to promote the now-freed Alkonis, who was set to become a lieutenant commander before the accident in 2021.

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    “I reached this decision after a complete review of the facts and circumstances surrounding his case, to include forwarding this matter to a Special Selection Review Board,” Del Toro, who is the Navy's top civilian official, said in a statement provided to .com.

    The reaction from Alkonis' supporters was swift. Andrew Eubanks, a Naval Academy classmate of Alkonis and one of his most ardent supporters on social…

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