MORE NAVY HYPOCRISY - CMDR ETTA JONES GETS
TO RETIRE IN GRADE DESPITE SUBSTANTIATED
COMPLAINTS INCLUDING MIS-HANDLING OF LOADED
WEAPON, "PLAYING FAVORITES," NOT REPORTING
HAZING INCIDENTS - "DOUBLE-CHINNED DYKE," AS
ONE CREW-MEMBER OF AMPHIBIOUS TRANSPORT
DOCK "PONCE" CALLED HER, RECEIVES "SLAP-ON-
THE-WRIST WHILE CERTIFIED WHITSLEBLOWER,
LT CMDR SYNEEDA PENLAND SENT TO BRIG, LOST
RETIREMENT PENSION DUE TO "ADULTERY"
CONVICTION - WHERE'S EQUAL JUSTICE HERE?
First, there was "Horrible Holly Graf," the tantrum-throwing USNA grad who belittled men and grabbed a couple subordinate officers around the neck before she was finally relieved of command of the cruiser USS Cowpens some two years ago. The "she-witch" is still on active duty. Maybe she'll make admiral yet, like her powerful elder sister, Robin Graf.
Now we have another "butch" type female officer who was fired from her command of the amphibious landing dock Ponce
last April. Etta Jones, the pudgy former skipper who joined the Navy as an enlisted person in 1985, got hardly a slap on the wrist from a recent Navy Board of Inquiry held at Norfolk, Va.
The "double-chinned dyke," as one bitter former crew-member described her to MilitaryCorruption.com, got to retire in grade with no real punishment despite a laundry list of substantiated complaints against her.
Investigators found Jones "played favorites" - showed "blatant favoritism" towards females on board the Ponce - "humiliated" male subordinates in front of the crew, created a "hostile work environment," failed to report hazing incidents, and mishandled a loaded 9mm handgun with the safety off.
It was enough to get her fired as commander of the Ponce by Vice Admiral Harry Harris, then-commander of the 6th Fleet.
JONES GETS A FREE PASS - PENLAND KICKED OUT
Now, when you study the case of former LT CMDR Syneeda Penland, you can't help but see a glaring double-standard.
Penland (see related stories box below) is a certified whistle blower who paid the price for telling the truth about corruption in the Navy contract system. Furious that this former enlisted sailor would dare expose their wrongdoing, Penland's enemies engineered a court-martial where the attractive officer was convicted of, of all things, "adultery."
If some of the male members of her court-martial panel that sent her in chains to the Miramar Brig had themselves cheated on their wives at one time or another, they weren't telling. Hypocrites at the highest levels of the Navy weren't content to denigrate Penland by putting her behind bars, they made sure she lost her retirement pension just months short of minimum qualification.
We've seen several chapters of Penland's scorching "tell-all" book, as she wraps-up writing the potential best-seller. One person who may be reaching for the antacid tablets at night is sure to be retired Adm. Mike Mullen, most recently chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Mullen was Chief of Naval Operations when Penland was telling him about wrong-doing. He ignored her, now it seems, at his own peril.