"IT WAS REVENGE, PURE AND SIMPLE" SAYS
NAVY CAPTAIN FIRED FOR "RAUNCHY" VIDEOS
TELLS BOARD OF INQUIRY AT NORFOLK THAT
SAILOR HE DISCIPLINED ABOARD AIRCRAFT
CARRIER ENTERPRISE "LEAKED" TO MEDIA WORD
OF POOR-TASTE VIDS PLAYED ON WARSHIP'S
CLOSED-CIRCUIT TV - OWEN HONORS (NAVAL
ACADEMY GRAD) AND DECORATED FIGHTER-PILOT
HOPES TO SAVE CAREER, STAY IN U.S. NAVY
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We are on-record (see related stories box below) as saying Capt. Owen Honors did a dumb thing when he ran some 75 "raunchy" videos on his ship's closed-circuit TV between 2005 and 2007 while XO of the USS Enterprise.
He showed poor judgment - yes. But is this grounds to throw him out of the Navy and waste millions of dollars worth of training - all to be sacrificed on the altar of "political correctness?" Absolutely not.
After all, what did Honors do that was so terrible? The "humor" of many of the skits, most of which he "starred" in, was sophomoric at best. They were in poor taste to the country-club crowd. But for sailors at sea who are not all Boy Scouts, the questionable take-offs on gays, shower-room sex and self abuse, may well have been what Honors says he intended them to be - a morale booster.
SKIPPER RATTED OUT BY A PUNK HE DISCIPLINED
How did this mess begin? Well, according to Honors, who testified at a Board of Inquiry at Norfolk this week, a disgruntled former sailor whom the senior officer "disciplined" once upon a time, decided to hurt his ex-XO by tipping off the news media the tasteless videos existed.
Please note this was not the case of "shocked sensibilities" among the vast majority of the crew, let alone females who might have been queasy at the captain's spoofs. This was a punk who sought to get even, and he did.
"This is a case of revenge - pure and simple," Honors testified.
WILL CAPTAIN BE KICKED OUT OF NAVY?
Now, let's look at the record and see if the offense justifies what could happen to this Naval Academy graduate.
Honors not only made it through USNA, he holds a masters degree from the Naval War College.
A graduate of the famed TOP GUN school, this decorated fighter-pilot made 700 flawless landings on an aircraft carrier at sea. He has more than 3000 hours in the air in 71 different types of aircraft. Honors risked his life in combat, flying 81 missions into harm's way.
When you add up all the money spent to prepare this warrior to lead - he was skipper of the Enterprise at the time of his relief of command in January - do you honestly think he was not destined for and deserved to be an admiral someday? Like Col. Nathan Jessup of A FEW GOOD MEN, Honors may have been a little rough around the edges, but all of us sleep better at night knowing men like him are "manning the barricades" and protecting us from our enemies.
The BOI is set to decide what to do with Honors this week. Is it forced retirement at a lower grade, or will the Navy give this man a second chance? We think the Navy and the nation would be well served to keep Owen Honors on active duty. He's learned his lesson.
If the Navy can keep the likes of "Horrible Holly Graf" on the payroll, nearly a year after another BOI recommended she be retired in grade, surely Honors can be retained, and his many talents and skills put to good use.