Once again, new Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Mike Mullen, has shown decisive leadership and no-nonsense action in showing the door to one of former CNO Vern Clark's most favored pets - relieved of command Capt. Ruth Cooper.
MilitaryCorruption.com had publicly asked the new Navy boss to clean house and get rid of Cooper in a recent editorial on these pages.
Mullen already cheered all ranks in the Navy earlier this month when he summarily sacked Vice-Admiral Joe Sestak, an arrogant, obnoxious bully who had been anointed with his third star by his patron, political sycophant CNO Vern Clark.
Cooper was fired as commander of the Naval Station Newport, R.I. in 2003 for a myriad of good reasons, including financial irregularities and her vicious harassment and cruelty towards highly-respected Chief Petty Officer Joe Sweeney.
GOOD REASON TO GET RID OF COOPER
Instead of being forced to retire then and there, the abrasive and well-connected Cooper, aided by female pals in high places, was able to land a soft spot on CNO Clark's staff at the Pentagon. When that weasley politician, a "yes-man" to Rumsfeld and no friend of sailors anywhere was succeeded by Mullen, we knew Cooper's days were numbered.
"So did she," laughed a Navy commander who remembers Cooper for her days at Newport. "Cooper stayed on two extra years at taxpayer expense. That's outrageous! Now, at least, the deadwood is being cleared out, and we can't tell you how pleased we are with our new CNO."
In fact, more than a hundred messages have poured into our office since we did our first story on CNO Mullen (see related stories box). The new chief of naval operation's recent speech to a gathering of senior chiefs, in which he dubbed himself a "sailor" and praised the CPO's for being the backbone of the Navy, has won him high marks from all ranks.
There is fear in some circles that Mullen will continue to "kick ass and take names." As he wields his broom and sweeps out the problem officers, we're sure other slugs from the upper enlisted ranks as well, will put in their papers and leave.
"Admiral Mullen has made it very clear there's a new day in the Navy. So far he has gone a long ways to lifting morale and correcting the terrible mess left behind by that toady Clark," the Navy commander told one of our reporters.
"You got fast action on your open appeal to Mullen," said the Pentagon-assigned Naval officer. "The web site is read everywhere. Don't ever underestimate the power of your words and the tremendous influence MilitaryCorruption.com now has."
VICE-ADMIRAL JOE SESTAK "WALKS
THE PLANK" ONE DAY AFTER NEW CNO,
ADMIRAL MIKE MULLEN, TAKES OVER
TOUGH-TALKING, NO-NONSENSE TOP BOSS
BOUNCES VERN CLARK "CRONY" - MORE
BRASS MAY BE "ON THE WAY OUT" - WILL
RELIEVED-OF-COMMAND CAPT. RUTH COOPER
GET THE AXE NOW THAT PROTECTOR CLARK IS GONE? MULLEN OFF TO GREAT START!
MORALE MUCH IMPROVED
HAS POTENTIAL TO BE ONE OF BEST CNO'S EVER
AWFUL ORDEAL OF CPO SWEENEY
WHISTLEBLOWER DESERVES “JUSTICE”
WHY IS CAPTAIN RUTH COOPER STILL IN
THE NAVY? – FORMER COMMANDER OF
NAVAL STATION, NEWPORT, R.I.
RELIEVED OF COMMAND IN 2003 –
“SHE MADE MY LIFE A LIVING HELL,”
CHIEF SAYS. “THIS OFFICER SHOULD BE
A CIVILIAN BY NOW, NOT COLLECTING
$130,000 A YEAR RIDING A DESK
AT THE PENTAGON.”