"UNDUE FAMILIAR RELATIONSHIP" DEEP-SIXES
CMDR JOHN PETHEL - XO OF AMPHIBIOUS
TRANSPORT DOCK "NEW YORK" FIRED AFTER
INVESTIGATION SHOWS HE HAD AFFAIR WITH
FEMALE CREW MEMBER - FIFTH EXECUTIVE
OFFICER TO "WALK PLANK" THIS YEAR

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There will be no court-martial for CMDR John Pethel, just a letter of reprimand, but that's enough to end the career of this up-from-the-ranks officer. He will never wears four stripes on his sleeves now.

The executive officer of amphibious transport dock NEW YORK since January, Pethel has been transferred to shore duty in the wake of an investigation that substantiated he had "an unduly familiar relationship" with a female member of the crew.

A politically-correct spokesman at Naval Surface Force Atlantic would not identify the "gal pal," even by rank, citing the old saw about "privacy" concerns.

Which leads us to something we at MilitaryCorruption.com and many in the Fleet are concerned with.

BOTH WILLING PARTICIPANTS IN SHIPBOARD AFFAIR
NEED TO BEAR PROPORTIONATE PUNISHMENT

Why is it that when a male superior officer gets tangled up romantically or otherwise with a female crew member, is that woman immune to any punishment at all?

In the Pethel case, we do know that the relations were "consensual." That means that no "sexual harassment" or "sexual assault" took place. Thus the female here knew full well what she was doing was wrong.

We feel she should bear at least some of the responsibility for what took place here. Certainly, Pethel, as a senior officer knew better than to fool around with the help, but it only seems fair that women who willingly engage in hijinks on the high seas deserve to face some sort of punitive action.

There's one aging Paris Hilton-lookalike at Hurlburt Field who's had numerous open affairs with officers at that installation in Florida. This blond civilian reminds us of the scorned gal in FATAL ATTRACTION. A former service academy grad, she not only played around on her husband but made a point of trying to hurt each of the males she was involved with when the affair inevitably went south? Is that right, especially when the relationships were well-known to the various base commanders?

As for John Pethel, the Sumter, S.C. native can look back on 25 years in the active Navy and rising in rank from seaman recruit to three-striper. Now, he probably will put in his retirement papers and land a well-paying job in the civilian world. Military contractors are always in demand. It's called the "revolving door."

Pethel is the fifth XO fired this year (21 commanding officers have been tossed overboard by the Navy in 2011, with just days left to go in the old year.) He has been replaced as NEW YORK's XO by LT CMDR Ethan Mitchell.