FEMALE "CAPTAIN BLIGH" FIRED AS SKIPPER
OF USS COWPENS - CAPT. HOLLY GRAF TAKEN
TO ADMIRAL'S MAST - FOUND GUILTY OF "CRUELTY
AND MALTREATMENT" OF CREW - FOUL-MOUTHED
MARTINET A NAVAL ACADEMY GRAD - ALLOWED
TO CONTINUE CAREER WITH NEW PENTAGON
ASSIGNMENT - MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM HAS
LEARNED "MALICIOUS" AND "OUT-OF-CONTROL"
OFFICER GRABBED CREW MEMBER BY THROAT
WILL "POLITICAL-CORRECTNESS" SAVE THIS
ARROGANT "RING-KNOCKER" FROM RETIREMENT?
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You won't be reading the whole story in the pages of NAVY TIMES or STARS AND STRIPES, for obvious reasons, but a female Naval officer and former skipper of the guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens, who allegedly physically assaulted a crew-member, will move on to a plush Pentagon post despite her being relieved of command for "cruelty and maltreatment" as well as "conduct unbecoming an officer."
Capt. Holly Graf has gotten away with plenty since she graduated from the Naval Academy in 1985. The fierce, foul-mouthed martinet - who more than once hurled coffee cups and other objects at underlings who had "displeased" her - was protected for years by indulgent brass hats and superior officers who didn't dare anger the feminists and politicians who demand total "political correctness."
But a commander "man-handling" a crew-member, in this case (we are told) by grabbing that person around the throat, is way beyond the pale. It is inexcusable! That is why when the Navy PAO types issued a press release about Graf going before an admiral's mast, they left out the main reason she was finally disciplined. What they should have "left out," from a public-relations point-of-view, was the insult to the entire Fleet, that this creature was being allowed to stay in the service, getting a plumb assignment at the Pentagon.
What kind of message does THAT send the men and women of the United States Navy? And WHERE is CNO Admiral Gary Roughead and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, when we need you to put a stop to this outrage? (see OPEN LETTER below).
A BLIZZARD OF E-MAIL ABOUT A WOMAN "OUT-OF-CONTROL"
The e-mail on this "woman" has been shocking, even to old hands like us, who've piloted this website from a "start-up" July 4, 2000 to two million hits a month now. Almost no-one has anything "good" to say about the super-aggressive Holly Graf.
If they, officers and senior enlisted, could see a "monster-in-the-making" - and we know that complaints went forward up the chain-of-command - who is responsible for coddling and protecting this "screamer" who is said to have harmed many individuals' Navy careers since she was an ensign?
Some of the comments are absolutely vitriolic. The ones that refer to her alleged "sexual orientation," we will steer clear of. We don't think she is a "man-hating bull dyke," as one fellow officer told us. Her abuse and ridicule was inflicted on male and female alike! It's true this "late 40's" female has a face only a mother could love, but this isn't a beauty contest. This is the case of a "wild woman" who would make Capt. Queeg of the USS Cain look like the epitome of sanity.
That's the sad part of this. There very well may be a reason Graf has been such a "witch." Perhaps some mental counseling at the VA, once she is hopefully "put out to pasture" will help. It will do no good for the Navy to keep this person on the payroll at the Pentagon where she can disrupt operations there with her imperious air and outbursts of temper. She needs to go, NOW!
COLLEAGUES HAVE NOTHING GOOD TO SAY ABOUT HOLLY GRAF
If you still need convincing, read three of the dozens of e-mails we've seen from those who have had the misfortune of crossing Graf's path.
(FROM A CLASSMATE OF HOLLY GRAF - AND LISA NOWAK)
"She (Graf) was an incompetent b...h, whose only concern was for herself. She saw subordinates as either stepping stones or objects to crush. A horrible woman!"
(FROM A FELLOW OFFICER WHO SERVED WITH GRAF AT SEA)
"I knew her when she was an XO on a destroyer. (MCC withholds the name of the ship to protect identity of writer) The news of her relief of command, especially for cruelty and maltreatment, that doesn't surprise me at all. What took them so long? She was mean and sadistic back then, and didn't give one damn about the crew."
(FROM A NAVAL OFFICER, NOW RETIRED)
"Graf was an arrogant, obnoxious brat who knew she could get away with anything. In my 24 years in the Navy, I never met a worse officer than her. The woman was malicious and just "out-of-control." Thank God she won't make admiral now. Her ticket was already punched. The CNO is nuts if he lets her stay in the Navy after this."
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS
PUT GRAF OUT OF THE NAVY WITHOUT DELAY
Dear Admiral Roughead,
With all due respect, sir, we here at MilitaryCorruption.com, speaking on behalf of thousands of Navy men and women who read us daily, urge you to personally look into the Holly Graf incident.
We ask you to order this failed officer to put in her papers and retire. To "reward" her gross violations of regulations - having to be relieved of command due to proven "cruelty and maltreatment" of her crew - with a soft desk job at the Pentagon, is a slap in the face to the entire Naval service. To pay her salary as a captain 0-6 would be a fraud perpetrated on the already over-burdened taxpayers.
If a male, say, chief petty officer, or "chief of the boat" E-9 lost control and put his hands around the throat of a subordinate in a fit of anger, that person, we dare say, would be court-martialed and perhaps sent to Leavenworth.
We know that Graf is a "ring-knocker" from the Academy and has support from her "sisters" in "high places," but that is no excuse or reason to conceal the extent of her bad conduct.
Please read our stories on a different kind of officer, former Navy LT CDR Syneeda Penland, and ask yourself if there is any justice or equality in her treatment, compared to the "Captain Bligh" type behavior of Holly Graf?
Penland, who soon will have the last laugh on her tormentors before the entire American public, is a certified whistle-blower. She also is a minority-female and "Mustang" officer who maintained her honesty and integrity as a contracting officer.
She was "convicted" of adultery at court-martial, sent to the brig, heavily fined, and thrown out of the military without a pension. That Penland is suffering from cancer is of no concern to those who were determined to "pay her back" for exposing their activities.
When you have Graf processed for removal, why not look into the Penland case and ask yourself if "justice" was served there? The image of the Navy is at stake. Please do "the right thing."
[EDITOR'S NOTE: We are collecting as many "horror stories" about the now-relieved-of-command Capt. Holly Graf as we can for a special project. Feel free to be frank and know that we will not release your identity if you wish to remain anonymous. Send all contributions to email@example.com. Slug your messages: THE FEMALE "CAPTAIN BLIGH" on the subject line. We'll know who it is. Thanks.
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