NAVY CAPTAIN CAUGHT LYING ABOUT WEIGHT
ON PFA - WILLIAM COGAR REMOVED AS C.O. OF
MED FACILITY ON USNS COMFORT - RECEIVES
PUNITIVE LETTER OF REPRIMAND - CAREER OVER
SECOND TOP MEDICAL OFFICER TO BE CANNED
WITHIN MONTH - CAPT KEVIN KOOP OF NORFOLK-
BASED USNS MERCY GOT BOOT FOR "LACK OF
LEADERSHIP" AND "POOR COMMMAND CLIMATE"
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All of a sudden it's dangerous to command a medical treatment facility on board a U.S. Navy hospital ship.
Both CAPT William Cogar and Kevin Koop found the brass have no "Comfort" or "Mercy" for them, despite the names of their two respective naval vessels.
Each officer has been relieved. Cogar for lying about his weight on a PFA, and Koop for having what the Navy calls a "lack of leadership" and "poor-command climate."
CAPT Cogar was commanding officer of the med treatment facility aboard the USNS Comfort at San Diego, and Koop had the same position on his boat, the Norfolk-based USNS Mercy.
"TIMES ARE CHANGING," CHIEFS SAY
Old salts of the sea, and some of our favorite master chief petty officer informants, tell us they cannot remember a medical officer in such a position walking the plank, much less two in the space of 30 days.
"It must be the new Navy," griped one, snorting about the sudden celebration of gay couples, same-sex marriages and joint assignments. "Maybe Obama will come out of the closet himself before his term is up," said one military member, who preferred to remain anonymous.
Some Internet sites have mentioned the "commander-in-chief" and his pal and former chief of staff, Rham Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, were reputed to be frequent patrons of the gay club Man's Country in the "Windy City" back in the daze before Hussein made it all the way to the White House.
FALLEN FROM A LOFTY HEIGHT
Cogar's fall can be traced to a false entry on his PFA. Investigators said he knowingly had an incorrect weight entered on his records and that as many as four crew members of the COMFORT also had falsified records.
The 59 year-old native of Akron, Ohio started his long career as a Navy hospital corpsman in the 1970's and was commissioned an ensign in the USNR in 1984.
Cogar is holder of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the MSM with two gold stars, Navy Commendation Medal with gold star, Navy Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Assistance medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal.
Koop has a similarly distinguished background. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and served in Afghanistan.
Now both men are the latest names on a long list of Navy commanders whose careers have come to a sudden and ignominious end.