COMMAND MASTER CHIEF ON DD SHOUP
WALKS THE PLANK - "OLD SALT" RICK HELWICK
RELIEVED AFTER BEING FOUND GUILTY OF
(OMG!) "GRABBING" SHIRT OF OUT-OF-UNIFORM
SAILOR - 25-YEAR NAVY VETERAN FIRED BY
FEMALE SKIPPER AT CAPTAIN'S MAST
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This isn't your father's, much less your grand-dad's, Navy. It's "PC all the way," now.
A highly-respected CMC assigned to the Everett, Wash. based DD Shoup has been relieved for, get this - "grabbing the shirt" of an out-of-uniform sailor.
It's enough to make many an old chief (now in the sod), spin in his grave at the thought. What are we coming to?
The 43 year-old top enlisted sailor might as well put in his retirement papers. His career is over, and his many years of experience is about to be lost to the Navy.
HE WAS "NAVY" ALL THE WAY
Rick Helwick, a 25-year Navy veteran, grew up on Whidbey Island, Wash. and enlisted in the Navy at age 18.
He's a tough, no-nonsense master chief. We don't know what led up to the shirt-grabbing incident. Perhaps this sailor - the Navy won't give us the race or gender of the "victim" - was a dirt bag loser. Why are we not surprised?
The veteran chief holds two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and four awards of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
He has been reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 9. We are told the trigger was pulled by the tin can's female skipper.
Helwick has served on many warships in his long Naval career, including the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). The CMC completed seven deployments to the Western Pacific.