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Here We Go Again January 2, 2011

Posted by gregquill in Uncategorized.
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PLEASE SEE THE UPDATE BELOW

Some senior officers in the Navy are acting poorly. Visibly. Back when, it was Lisa Nowak, Captain and adulterer *. Then Holly Graf, now this guy:

“The Navy is investigating a series of raunchy videos featuring a top officer aboard the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier that were reportedly filled with profanity and mocking references to homosexuality. In the videos, which were produced in 2006 and 2007 and excerpts of which were first obtained and reported by the Norfolk, Va., newspaper The Virginian-Pilot, the ship’s then-No. 2 officer Capt. Owen Honors [who is now the Commanding Officer of the ship] is seen using gay slurs and mimicking masturbation as he introduces a number of comedic sketches that were broadcast to the ship’s nearly 6,000-member crew. ” ABC News, by Kirit Radia. * Thanks to Mark for reminding me.

Lots of questions here: why did it take so long? What did his bosses know about it, and do about it, at the time? Why is he still wearing the uniform? Why isn’t the Inspector General all over this? And, how fast can we get him off the front page and retired as a, say, Lieutenant?

UPDATE Admiral John Harvey, Commander Fleet Forces Command, relieved Capt. Honor on January 4th and replaced him with an accomplished Captain who recently commanded another carrier in wartime. The investigation revealed enough to support the firing, but Admiral Harvey is continuing the investigation, to learn the rest of the story. I like Admiral Harvey!

Someone has organized a campaign for signatures on Facebook in support of Captain Honor. “He didn’t do so wrong; he made us smile while we were deployed.” This is a great opportunity to explain to these young people why we don’t run the Navy like a sock hop.

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1. gregquill - January 4, 2011

Maybe these ships are too big for one mere mortal to command. Or maybe it’s the size of the fiefdom, with reporting responsibilities to every admiral in the USN, plus all the civilians in the Pentagon, White House and everywhere else.

This guy might just be melting down, as this one did earlier in 2010:

“Tuesday, May 04, 2010

“Murder-suicide suspect once commanded Navy aircraft carrier

“NORFOLK — A former naval officer and his wife died Sunday in what police said was a murder-suicide.

“Robert C. Klosterman, 64, shot himself and his wife, Rebecca, 57, said police spokesman Chris Amos. A divorce was pending, court records show.
An investigation determined that Klosterman shot his wife in the chest and then shot himself in the chest, according to Norfolk police and the medical examiner’s office.

“Klosterman was the first commanding officer of the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis, now homeported in Bremerton, Wash. He served in that post between 1995 and 1997. He was executive officer of the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower from June 1989 to April 1991 and commanding officer of the command ship La Salle beginning February 1992. He also flew attack helicopters in Vietnam.

“Police got a call about 10 a.m. Sunday from an individual who sounded “despondent,” Amos said. He asked police to respond to his residence.
— McClatchy-Tribune

“http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/245608”

-Greg

2. gregquill - January 5, 2011

There were a lot of comments on CBS News.com today about why the Navy waited so long to punish Captain Honor, by firing him as CO of ENTERPRISE. So I tried to set the record straight with this post:

“by gregquill January 5, 2011 1:02 PM EST
Words like “punishment” and “discipline” are being tossed around incorrectly. A person in the military can only be punished under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), and then only if he is accused of a recognized crime, and then convicted. That can happen in a court martial or in non-judicial punishment. None of this happened (yet) in Captain Honor’s case. What happened was an Admiral in his chain of command told him not to work at this place anymore, but to work over here instead. That’s administrative, fully lawful, and not punishment. Some of us hope that some punishment will follow, after the investigation.

When reporters get confused, they should probably look it up, or ask.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8601-201_162-7215425.html?assetTypeId=30#ixzz1ADKUKWsq

3. gary g - January 6, 2011

He started to believe his own press reports!!!!

4. gregquill - January 6, 2011

Gary, he DID think he was pretty funny, didn’t he? It was like an elixir for him; he NEEDED his video fixes!

-Greg


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