ANOTHER NAVY COMMANDING OFFICER
FIRED - 7TH SO FAR THIS YEAR - CAPT.
WILLIAM "BILL" MOSK OUT AS CO OF NAVAL
BASE ROTA, SPAIN - NCIS INVESTIGATING
DRUG USE ON INSTALLATION - NO WRONG-
DOING ON PART OF MOSK HIMSELF - NAVAL
AVIATOR HAS 26 YEARS SERVICE - WILL
HAVE TO RETIRE - CMDR TIMOTHY MURPHY
AT WHIDBEY ISLAND RELIEVED AS BOSS OF
TRAINING SQUADRON AFTER LOCAL COPS
ARREST HIM FOR SPEEDING AND "DUI"
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As they say, "close, but no cigar."
Capt. William "Bill" Mosk, commanding officer at the U.S. Naval Base in Rota, Spain was just weeks away from successfully completing a three-year tour of duty.
The Naval aviator and 26-year veteran was looking forward to perhaps finishing his career as a flag officer. Now that hope and dream is gone. He will be processed for what the Navy calls "administrative separation."
Mosk is the seventh commander to be fired so far this year. It is certain he is far from the last.
COMMANDER BROUGHT DOWN BY ACTIONS OF HIS SAILORS
Later on in this article, we will get into the case of CMDR Timothy Murphy, relieved of command for drunken driving. But now, let's look at the situation that ended the career of a good and decent man. Mosk entered the Navy in 1985 out of the University of California in Los Angeles. A P3-Orion pilot, he was at one time navigator aboard the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy and CO of Training Squadron 38 at Corpus Christi, Tex.
A Navy spokesman made pains to say Mosk himself was "not the subject of the NCIS investigation" that has been on-going at Rota for the past six weeks. It was his sailors that brought Mosk down. Ultimately, the captain was held responsible for their misconduct and drug use, and he has paid a high price.
Skipper since June 2008, Mosk has been replaced by the base executive officer, CMDR Ronald Dennis, who's keeping the seat warm for four-striper Scott Kraverath, who was supposed to assume command in a couple months. Now that action will be speeded up because of the circumstances.
DRUNKEN DRIVING SPELLS END OF NAVY CAREER
As for Murphy, former commander of the Navy and Marine Corps' EA-6B Prowler and EA-6G Growler Training Squadron at Washington State's Whidbey Island, he sunk himself by getting caught speeding and drunken driving.
He should have thought of the consequences of his actions, in that Murphy is short one year to reach minimum time for active duty retirement. It's a flip of the coin whether or not the Navy will let the officer stay around long enough to reach the finish line.
Both Mosk and Murphy surely are aware of the special treatment HORRIBLE HOLLY GRAF has received. More than a year after she was relieved of command of the USS Cowpens, the most hated woman in the Navy continues to draw an 0-6 paycheck while appealing a retention board decision to retire her from the service.
Many readers of MilitaryCorruption.com have complained to us that the Navy continues to handle Capt. Graf with kid gloves because of her USNA ring and "big sister" admiral. They say an enlisted member or even another officer that did what she was found guilty of, would have been kicked out of the Navy long ago, and with a reduction in rank.
While it is fairly safe to say Graf will now no longer be in line for admiral, it is a gross miscarriage of justice that she escapes losing a stripe or two. Regulations are very clear about officers retiring at the last grade "satisfactorily served in." For the SEA HAG, that should have been ensign, if that.