"MAN OVERBOARD!" FIFTH NAVY SKIPPER THIS
YEAR MADE TO "WALK THE PLANK" - LATEST
RELIEF OF COMMAND DUE TO "INAPPROPRIATE
RELATIONSHIP" WITH FEMALE OFFICER ON
GUIDED-MISSLE DESTROYER TRUXTON - CMDR
TIMOTHY WEBER GETS THE BOOT - COMMANDING
OFFICER NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY NO. POTOMOC
ALSO FIRED - NON-JUDICIAL PUNISHMENT - NAVY
CITES "PRIVACY" DECLINING TO GIVE REASON WHY
The new year is less than two months old, and already the Navy has fired five commanders, the latest to "walk the plank," CMDR Timothy Weber, skipper of the guided-missile destroyer Truxton.
Weber got in trouble the way many an arrogant boss does. He allegedly had an "inappropriate relationship" with a female officer on ship. He should have known better. Only flag officers can get away with that. Rank has its privileges, you know.
Just a week before, CMDR Scott Merritt, commanding officer of Naval Support Activity North Potomoc, was relieved of his position, due to the brass losing confidence in his "ability to lead."
A native of Elizabethtown, Pa., the officer had assumed command in June 2007. He joined the Navy in 1990. Now he'll go to a desk job somewhere, probably to process his retirement papers.
THE NAVY'S DOUBLE-STANDARD OF JUSTICE
You see, in today's "politically correct" Navy, the rules are different when it comes to some people. Like foul-mouthed Capt. Holly Graf (see related stories box below), who was taken off the cruiser Cowpens in Japan after an IG investigation found her guilty of "cruelty and maltreatment" of her crew.
Ah, but unlike some other female officers - whistle blowers like former CMDR Syneeda Penland, who happens to be a minority member (she was railroaded on "adultery" charges and shipped off to the brig before being tossed out of the military w/o her pension) - the coffee cup-throwing tyrant Graf, who allegedly grabbed a junior officer by the neck and spat in a sailor's face, probably will get to go on to her next assignment at the Pentagon.
After all, not everyone has an older sister who's an admiral; a retired captain daddy with lots of friends in high places; and the fierce support of lesbian senior officers at the Puzzle Palace that are known by insiders as "The Sisterhood."
But, perhaps the gutless wimps who "looked the other way" while Graf terrorized crews on the destroyer Churchill and the Cowpens and enabled her to keep rising through the ranks no matter what, are about to get a shocking surprise.
COULD GRAF BE HEADED FOR COURT-MARTIAL?
As much as they would like to slip Naval Academy "ring-knocker" Graf into a Pentagon desk job and pretend there's no problem anymore, MilitaryCorruption.com has received information that, if proven true (and there are photographs, we are told), would force the Navy to not only retire Graf, but put her up for court-martial.
Now that would be a public relations disaster! But the alleged offense is so serious, they will have no choice. And if we get the proof we need, MCC will publish it and call for her to be kicked out of the Navy as soon as possible. If you think we're being rough, go on the discussion board at MilitaryTimes and see what the fleet thinks of her.
Too bad Gary Roughead and Admiral Mullen fear being called "politically incorrect." You can be sure of what Admiral Chester Nimitz or "Bull" Halsey would have done with the likes of Graf. They must be spinning in their graves about now.