NAVAL ACADEMY GRAD RELIEVED AT JOINT BASE
ANDREWS - CMDR CORRINE PARKER DUMPED
FOR "FALSIFICATION OF ADMIN RECORDS" - CHIEF
OF BOAT ON SUB ANNAPOLIS FIRED DUE TO
ALCOHOL-RELATED OFFENSE - SR CHIEF (E-8)
GREG CORDRAY WALKS THE PLANK - EIGHTH
SENIOR ENLISTED PERSON TO GET AXE - PARKER
IS SEVENTH COMMANDER CANNED THIS YEAR
Add two more names to the Navy casualty list. The careers of an Annapolis grad and submarine chief of boat are suddenly worth about five cents.
First, the ring-knocker. Actually, CMDR Corrine Parker has a good rep, in fact, she's almost the polar opposite of that sea witch, "Horrible Holly Graf."
An experienced pilot and female officer who doesn't try and lord it over men - just "get the job done" - she's is in serious trouble over what the brass call "falsification of admin records." Our sources tell us Parker is the last person you'd think would make false entries, so this might be a "payback" from someone she ticked off. We may never know.
The commanding officer of Logistics Support Squadron 1 at Joint Base Andrews is the seventh Navy commander to be relieved so far this year. A 1993 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Parker is the second female C.O. in a row to be canned by the Navy.
Earlier this month (see related stories box below), CAPT Marcia "Kim" Lyons was fired as head of the Naval Health Clinic, New England. Unlike the very politically-correct Air Force, the Navy has reached the point where they don't hesitate to pull the trigger on a woman, if they think she has screwed up.
BOOZE AND A CHIEF OF BOAT
Apparently what undid senior chief (E-8) Greg Cordray, the chief of boat on the sub Annapolis, was the scourge of many a sailor - John Barleycorn.
We are told Cordray was axed by his skipper, CMDR John Gerhart, because he committed an "alcohol-related offense."
The Groton-based chief has been transferred to desk duty elsewhere. In the meantime, it's likely he's putting together his retirement packet. Cordray came close to the top enlisted rank of E-9, but as they used to say when we were in Vietnam (surveying the dead bodies after a fire fight): "Close, but no cigar."
The now ex-chief of boat on the Los Angeles class sub is the eighth senior enlisted person to be relieved this year.