04 February 2011

USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) Video Investigation - Update

Team,

There continues to be strong interest in the status of the investigation into the videos produced and shown aboard ENTERPRISE in 2006-2007, so I want to provide you with an update and let you know where we are in the process.

Today I received the completed investigation. I will now spend the next week reviewing the investigation in its entirety – the findings of fact, the opinions, and the recommendations – before making my decisions and informing my chain-of-command of them.

To summarize what has taken place to date – after being informed on 31 December of the existence of the videos, on 1 January I directed that a JAGMAN investigation be conducted into every aspect of the production and viewing of the videos on board ENTERPRISE, including the actions of CAPT Honors’ seniors in the chain-of-command, from 2006-2007.

On 4 January, I took the action to detach CAPT Honors for cause from command of ENTERPRISE (read my previous statement here). I was able to take that action because the facts of his direct involvement in the videos were clear and indisputable – there was sufficient evidence for me to make my decision. I also took into account CAPT Honors’ record in command of ENTERPRISE and MT WHITNEY and his many years of service to his Navy and his nation. In the final analysis, however, there was absolutely no doubt in my mind that what I saw on the videos represented a complete and unacceptable departure from our standards of professional conduct and judgment, and completely undermined CAPT Honors’ ability to serve in command of any ship or squadron, much less one soon to deploy to undertake combat operations.

The rest of the story regarding the videos – who was involved in their production, to what degree they were involved, who in the chain-of-command actually saw the videos and, after viewing them, what action was or was not taken – was not nearly as clear as CAPT Honors’ personal and direct involvement. Given what is at stake for all the individuals involved, due process required a complete and deliberate investigation before any further actions were taken. That investigation has now been completed; the facts are documented and the report is complete. Final actions will now be taken.
All the best, JCHjr

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

Admiral,

Can you estimate what this investigation has cost the taxpayers? Where is the value added to the Navy and was it worth the cost? As I said before no easy way to handle this, but I would hope you and your staff's attention quickly moves onto another more pressing subject like budget issues, DADT, training deficiencies, etc...

YNC(SW)(AW) Bernie Burawski, USN, (Retired) said...

Admiral,

This comment is a continuation from my previous one on this subject. In order to be fair about this it would seem to me that ALL videos produced by XO's and CO's using shipboard CCTV should be looked at as well. This case appears to me to have only been investigated because of the media attention. Admittedly I may be all wet on this but I don't think I am. I still think CAPT Honors was not treated fairly by the Navy.

Anonymous said...

for anonymous:

i'll remain anonymous as well since this is your m.o....

I submit that this investigation is about training, even budget issues (who funded the videos?) and I'll warrant a tie-in to DADT. so IMHO USFFC staff's attention throughout this investigation is on point dealing with a complex and pressing issue. I'm a taxpayer, and I want to know that folks with leadership like CAPT Honors has demonstrated aren't in charge of any more of my tax money than they've already been.

Dillusioned said...

Of course CAPT Honors was not treated fairly by the Navy, but ADM Harvey felt like he had to bend to political pressure.

ADM Harvey - I understand that you felt like you had to bend to the public pressure you were feeling, but you should be ashamed of yourself for not treating CAPT Honors with any respect whatsoever during your comments to the public, which have alienated a lot of personnel in the Navy who know what's actually going on here (tons of flags viewing the videos without a complaint before they showed up in the news and the culture of the entire service that you help lead being fully in line with the videos). He is a decorated officer who was clearly seen as a superstar by his superiors as indicated by his excellent fitreps. He has sacrificed much and faced many dangers for his country and for the Navy. He deserves a lot more respect from his service leadership than what your public commentary has included.

Maybe you should've studied management instead of public policy during your graduate studies because your poor approach to handling this will negatively impact the quality of your personnel and their trust in the leadership of the organization.

If you truly do not approve of these videos, a braver stance would have been to tell the public that CAPT Honors had the full approval of many higher-ranking officers, but that the culture of the Navy must change, that CAPT Honors has been made aware of that, and that you will be leading efforts to shift the service culture, rather than cowardly singling out one officer to take the fall for what was clearly a systemic, service-wide cultural issue.

However, you clearly think that it's better to do what's convenient than to do what's right. That's Navy leadership today - truly pathetic.

Anonymous said...

I second YNC Burawski's comment. Did you investigate the person or persons who sent in the EDITED video tape. From his statement,OP suggest that it was someone whom he was about to put up for court martial - which would make sense since that person would have an axe to grind, especially someone who's made the Navy their career. I have been personally supporting the Navy in Europe for the past few years. You really give new meaning to Bureaucratic BS! O.P.'s records alone prove his leadership. I think you have sold you soul to a certain DC group, and disregarding your allegiance to your sailors and their morale. You really need to do some soul searching this week.........think about the sailors who worked hard under O.P.'s leadership to get that antique, expensive bucket ready for "one more go" It's his ship....give him back the helm and make the men and women in the Navy proud. This whole mess has been far from a "morale booster." Civilians, for the most part, don't understand what the Navy is all about and what it takes. You know better.....suck it up and show you're above the Bureaucratic BS! If you haven't read his statement....please do, every word. If you have, re-read it. Either you punish everyone in the chain of command or no one at all. Admiral Harvey, this is not going to go away. The unfairness or blind eye stanch you have taken has people more upset then you can imagine.

Anonymous said...

For Anonymous the second,

A complex and pressing issue? Getting the ship ready for a six month cruise is a pressing issue; finding extra money in a shrinking budget for upkeep, maintenance, and fuel is a pressing issue! Spending millions of dollars investigating videos from five years ago IS NOT a pressing issue; repealing DADT while fighting a war IS NOT a pressing issue; spending money repealing DADT when budgets are being cut IS NOT a pressing issue!

What has happened is now history. We have and will continue to learn from these events. Our Navy is great because Sailors care about each other. The sacrifices Sailors make everyday while underway is inspiring and unless you have been underway, you will not understand!

I would love to hear your definition of leadership, since you sound more like a manager. I doubt you understand the difference between a manager and leader, the dedication it takes to be on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a week; taking responsibility for your 3,500 sailors, good and bad.

To understand all this, you must walk a mile in CAPT H shoes, ADM H has done that, so I trust his judgement. I just hope the political pressure from Washington did not play a part; but I would be naive if I did not think it did.

Anonymous said...

This is a sad thing still. An Admiral of the U.S. Navy caved into public pressure. An honest and fair Captain is being persecuted by the P.C. media and we allowed it to get this far. I truly hope that the leadership comes to its senses and understands the negative backlash from its own sailors is more important than that next rank or pleasing the media. You have done enough damage already, any further punishment of O.P. Honors or his past superiors is not only unwarranted and unjust, but furthers the gap between the cohesiveness of your fleet's sailors and belief in YOUR ability to lead properly and fairly.

Rubber Ducky said...

All this handwringing might make sense if these weren't bright lines. In modern times, any officer in a senior position who doesn't first ponder how it all would look on the front page of the Washington Post is an idiot. We should not promote idiots nor let them continue in senior jobs.

The reason John harvey's on the spot on this one is that those junior to him failed in their duties, one of which by tradition is to behave in a forehanded way to protect the Navy. So far none of this has been a close call - I'd anticipate a continued fair outcome as the final act plays out. You foks who wish it different live in a fantasy land.

Anonymous said...

A great leader is one that can recognize when he has acted too quickly, admit his error in judgment, correct it and move forward. A great leader will do this with humility knowing that ultimately the truth and doing the right thing is the reward.
A coward is one, that despite the evidence which shows he acted too quickly, refuses to accept the truth, perpetuates his error in judgment and insulates himself with those who never challenge his decision. Admiral Harvey………when does it end? The investigation produced nothing…over 10,000 people saw these videos. Not one person was even moved to the point that they filed a written complaint. You could seamlessly return him to command. You could do the “unexpected”. You could do the right thing. Something that when history issues it’s final judgment would separate you from all the others who refused to admit they acted before they had the information that revealed the truth. That a mistake was made and that you are correcting it. Do you have the guts? Do you have the integrity?

Anonymous said...

Bravo Zulu Admiral. Rubber Ducky and the Admiral have it right.
When I was in the Navy, we would been laughed at or written up if we had expected our XO to entertain us while we were on Operation Sea Dragon or Operation Market Time.
What has happened to the officer corps of the U.S. Navy? Our officers were professional and mature individuals that had the respect of the entire crew.
Any XO out there that has the time to make disgusting videos is either not doing his job or is on a ship that is overmanned.

Anonymous said...

Major changes taking place throughout the world that requires the Navy to keep its eye on the ball. Think history will be rightfully harsh when judging the failures of today's senior Navy leaders. PC and diversity run amok eclipsing maritime strategy, warfighting ability and operational primacy. Just hope the price we'll pay won't be too high.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate you doing the right thing Admiral, despite all the armchair quarterbacking. There is no way to put a cost to doing the right thing, and what you have done IS the right thing.

BZ!!!

Anonymous said...

Hmm...let's see. A lapse in judgment by a commanding officer? I seem to recall a few in the history of the Navy. John S. McCain, Sr. was by all accounts an excellent naval officer, but a single lapse in judgment occurred at Guadalcanal in 1942, wherein he failed to conduct reconnaissance missions ordered by his superiors and neglected to report the failure. This resulted in Allied Forces suffering defeat in the Battle of Savo Island. Interestingly, he was promoted to Vice Admiral in 1943.

Also during WWII, Admiral Halsey failed to remove his strike force from the path of a horrific typhoon in the Pacific, resulting in the loss of 3 destroyers, 800 men and almost 150 aircraft. The Navy acknowledged his lapse in judgment, but he did not suffer sanctions. In fact, he went on to another command and is historically regarded as a brilliant officer.

History is full of incidents like these because officers are human beings and capable of making mistakes, just like the rest of us. The question is, what do they learn from them and how do they move forward? I guarantee neither Halsey or McCain would have been likely to repeat their mistakes.

So, I guess the lesson is...if your lapse in judgment results in the loss of American lives and treasure, you can keep your job. But whatever you do, don't put a shower cap on your head and poke fun at the water shortage on your ship. THAT will cost you your job.

What is becoming of our great Navy when a talented, irreplaceable leader is sacrificed over something so completely trivial? Men like Capt. Honors do not grow on trees, and the Navy has years invested in him. I am a civilian who loves the Navy, but the Navy's decision regarding this incident has left me heartsick.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous wrote, at 1237: "What is becoming of our great Navy when a talented, irreplaceable leader is sacrificed over something so completely trivial?"

What is becoming of our great Navy when any O-6, however talented, is deemed "irreplaceable?"

The angst this issue has generated is way over the top. Whether you agree with the Admiral or not, whether you're a fan of CAPT Honors or not, whether the decisions made to date stand or are modified, the Navy will continue to do just fine.

Anonymous said...

Admiral Harvey states that he took into account Captain Honors two subsequent successful sea commands and then fired him anyway. What would have happened to Captain Honors if those commands had not been successful? Oh wait the same thing.

Even if after all this time the videos were deemed to be out of line you don’t cave to public opinion right out of the gate. You have your investigation, announce that all involved have been counseled and move on. Why the death penalty?

If it walks like a duck, etc. And no, I am not referring to that famously familiar name dropper, RD.

YNC(SW)(AW) Bernie Burawski, USN, Retired said...

A lot of good insight on these boards. I wasn't trying to second guess Admiral Harvey. It's just that I disagreed with his decision and have strong feelings on this, and it still bothers me. The Navy has a zero-defect policy on many things and I don't think it's the right way to go. Whatever happened to being given a chance to OVERCOME deficiencies in performance, perceived or otherwise? We never learn from history. I don't think Admiral Nimitz and many others would have ever made it in today's Navy and they had failures in their past that would not have been forgiven. That was the only point I was trying to make.

Anonymous said...

"When I was in the Navy, we would been laughed at or written up if we had expected our XO to entertain us while we were on Operation Sea Dragon or Operation Market Time.
"What has happened to the officer corps of the U.S. Navy? Our officers were professional and mature individuals that had the respect of the entire crew.
Any XO out there that has the time to make disgusting videos is either not doing his job or is on a ship that is overmanned."

Oh yes, the good ole Navy...nothing can compare...not the overt race relation issues and segregation, not the over the top CPO initiations and Shellback ceremonies, not the coercive "fan room" counseling sessions. You all were so great! Why do you think we have all the programs in place that exist now...because of the legacy your behavior and social standards left us. Get off your high horse, your time is over and we've moved on.

With that said, PC is not one of our prouder traditions and the points about learning from failures is spot on. Still waiting for Navy leadership to stand up and do the right thing, show some honor, courage and committment to YOUR people...Admiral Harvey, your'e a nuke...what are the root causes of this "incident report"? Was this really an integrity issue or something done with intent of malice...nope. Let's get over this misplaced concept of "An officer and a gentleman" that phrase has long outlived it's practical application. Because Capt Honors chose to connect with his crew in this way does not make it wrong. It may be different with your subjective opinion, but clearly not wrong. Had you never observed or been a part of a Navy tradition that we now find unacceptable with our core values? Should we ask for your resignation? What makes that different? How far back do we go on the records of any leader in the Navy who happens to have previous behavior displayed?

We pay YOU a lot of money to run the Navy, not the Virginia Pilot, Navy Times or any other liberal run news organization.

"You could seamlessly return him to command. You could do the “unexpected”. You could do the right thing. Something that when history issues it’s final judgment would separate you from all the others who refused to admit they acted before they had the information that revealed the truth. That a mistake was made and that you are correcting it. Do you have the guts? Do you have the integrity?"

Anonymous said...

Admiral,
I have read all of the posts to date and most are from folks who have never been in Command, some haven't even been in the Navy. They lack the insights of training afforded to each and every CO and XO PRIOR to taking up those billets so they don't know that the actions of Capt Honors runs absolutely counter to areas of good order and discipline when running a ship of any size. That training is given to SWOs at various levels of their progression, but I can't speak for our anti-gravity bretheren about their exposure/training. I agree with your decision to remove him.
Having had the privilege of 3 commands in the service of our country, I'm embarrassed by Capt Honors behavior as he represents all who have come before him. This wasn't a tactical decision on his part, it was a glimpse of his personal values and feelings that came out on tape and some even in jest shows a lack of good command sense to a huge number of junior personnel, who could repeat his statements about other service types and other sexual preferences and they could be held accountable at XOI/Mast if someone were to file charges and then how does the XO judge them? He did the very same thing on shipwide video so he is no longer in a position to find fault with junior behavior that is "out of the box". No, I would not have the respect required for him to be my CO and tell me to go on a mission that I may not return from, his personal values are out on his sleeve and I find fault with him as a Navy leader and any of the Flags who knowingly allowed this to be broadcast. You are doing the correct thing Admiral, I'm sure it isn't easy.
Retired 0-6 (72)

Anonymous said...

BZ Anonymous @ 1937. Well stated, but we know what is coming. As a young ENS, my OpsO taught me the fifth basic response ..."I [redacted] up Sir." ADM Harvey should invoke this response, stand up to the press and tell the country that upon review of the facts, he was wrong to remove CAPT Honors. Its not going to happen. We have ingrained the political correctness, CYA mentality into the Navy. Whatever ADM Harvey does is going to result in a public whipping of the Navy, and he deserves it.

MaryR said...

From the cheap seats, civilian side.
Yes. This happened five years ago
Yes. A media blamestorm has required ADM Harvey to act
Yes. An investigation is merited and


IMHO, and you may dismiss me outright for being a civilian, ADM Harvey is doing EXACTLY the right thing. He has been handed a situation, press or not, that requires action. And he is acting upon it. Yes, the media is a factor, but one would hope that any Flag officer given a troubling, complex problem such as this would take the time to review and come to a resolution.

It's remarkable that people seem to want to blame the Admiral for a situation not even remotely of his own making. He is DEALING with this and BTW being transparent with his every move.

Anonymous said...

I don't agree with the Admiral, but I don't blame him, either because I'm sure he is under the gun to address this promptly. I am also very appreciative of his transparency and allowing those of us, including civilians like myself, to offer commentary. One recent post appears to mock civilians for their opinions, and certainly those in the Navy (and especially those with command experience) have better insight than the rest of us, but I do have an opinion and it is not formed lightly.

I may be a civilian but my son is active military so I do have a dog in this fight. Also, I have worked 7 days a week for many years to establish a successful business, and besides employing over 30 Americans, I pay six figures in federal taxes every year. The way I look at it, I'm paying someone's salary in the military, maybe even an O-6.

Capt. Honors' FITREPS (I think that's the correct acronym) were placed on public view, and maybe I am mistaken but I've been told by friends who are active military that these reports are personal and confidential and not for public scrutiny. Regardless, inspection of these reports indicate that Capt. Honors was evaluated by his commanding officers as a superior leader. Presumably these superiors knew him well and were in a position to accurately assess his character. Could they all be that wrong? I certainly hope not, or there's an even bigger problem here. In addition, the videos were common knowledge and he was given the command anyway. So how did that happen if he is of poor character?

I'd like to see my tax dollars at work, preferably used toward Capt. Honors' salary. I'm used to Congress throwing my money away but please, not the Navy, too.

Anonymous said...

Admiral,
I would also like to thank you for the transparency. Please consider another civilian's perspective.

The videos are no longer important or an embarassment to the Navy. When the public saw sailors who so loved Capt. Honors that they would get on national media to defend him against the media's charges of homophobia and sexism, we learned that this was nothing more than the media sensationalizing and over-reaching. We also learned that Capt. Honors is an outstanding officer who has served this country selflessly and flawlessly.

Please put these videos and the media frenzy in proper perspective. The public can see that the videos are simply horseplay. To continue to damage Capt. Honors' career over something as silly as this is just a waste of an outstanding Navy man.

Anonymous said...

Response to MaryR:

Yes, your dismissed.

The Admiral removed a senior officer from command one month before cruise because of political pressure. I could spend two weeks or more detailing to you what needs to happen to make a warship ready for cruise. I do not disagree with the ADM's actions, no one understands the pressure he is under and ADM H is also a proven leader. The zero defect Navy has ended many careers. Those who do nothing will never show a defect; i.e. never drive your car it will never break on you.

To enlighten yourself to the Navy and being underway try these different suggestions below at random hours for six months:

a. Take a cold shower because their is no hot water. (i.e. turn your hot water heater off)
b. Take a hot shower because their is no cold water. Only use one corner of the shower because that is all the room you have.
c. Work 12 hours a day on your roof, then go to your regular work for 8 hours, sleep for 4 hours and try to eat somewhere in that time. Yes, no time for family or recreation.
d. Sleep in your closet. Get dressed in your closet.

Your bring up some very good points; the situation is extremely complex. I was just joking about you being dismissed...everyone's perspective, IMHO is welcomed and respected.

Anonymous said...

Anon, might want to apologize...her father is a decorated Marine officer. I expect she knows all about those issues.

Byron Audler

Rubber Ducky said...

Amazing! I agree with both Byron and Mary! Whoda thunk it! Now if the investigation report would come out...

Anonymous said...

How come everyone is fixated on Capt. Honors? It's overly clear what he did was wrong and not in compliance with Navy standards therefore his punishment is warranted. However what's perplexing as a military member is holding his commanders responsible for their NON ACTIONS. Price and Horton should be forced out with maximum punishment which doesn't include getting a cushy job at the pentagon or some college as an incentive. Both of these guys deserve nothing but the best, take away their retirement. Although it’s no easy task it's warranted! What they did prior has no bearing being leaders who can't follow guidance but are quick to point out others mistakes. Hogwash, this whole thing is a media luau and a tax payer’s nightmare. Take a stance...Take action now!!!

Anonymous said...

Capt Honors behavior on the videos is a disgrace to the Navy. He cannot be trusted to Command thousands of young men and women. If he was allowed to continue what would that say to our men and women in the military. That would be taken as yes it is fine to demean other people.

rasjunk said...

(Administrator's note: This comment was originally posted to the USFF Staff Page)
So, Admiral, what about the ENT investigation? You opened this can of worms wide. You raised the bar - now what?

Anonymous said...

With all due respect, Admiral, this quote from Admiral Stevridis reflecting his experiences on the Forrestal appears in your own blog:

"Keep your sense of humor. Lots of things are going to go wrong. The measure of any officer is not perfection, because we will all fail at times. I certainly have; and for example we flunked the first big engineering inspection badly that I was involved in onboard FORRESTAL. But you keep things in perspective, learn to laugh at yourself, correct your mistakes, and keep coming back".

Does this not apply to Capt. Honors as well? Or in today's Navy, is no one allowed to make a mistake?

Anonymous said...

"Keep your sense of humor. Lots of things are going to go wrong. The measure of any officer is not perfection, because we will all fail at times. I certainly have; and for example we flunked the first big engineering inspection badly that I was involved in onboard FORRESTAL. But you keep things in perspective, learn to laugh at yourself, correct your mistakes, and keep coming back".

Admiral Harvey it's clear that you respect Admiral Stavridis. It's also clear that you only choose to exploit his sage advice when it suits your purpose. If "The measure of any officer is not perfection, because we will all fail at times"
then how could you not understand the irony of of the action you have taken against Capt. Honors? "Keep your sense of humor"...Apparently that does not apply to a decorated officer who did an outstanding job and was adored by his crew and his chain of command (yes, I've seen his fit reps on the internet and they are outstanding). Where is your sense of humor Admiral? "Learn to laugh at yourself, correct your mistakes". Sage advice for sure.

Anonymous said...

A couple thoughts:
First, what's the rationale for blogging a play-by-play on an ongoing investigation that may involve disciplinary action? I've never seen this before - even for a basic NJP case. Don't the individuals involved deserve due process and at least the benefit of some level of privacy? Whether Seaman Recruits or Flag Officers, there's a distinct lack of basic decency and good manners here. And "Final actions will now be taken" indicates the "investigation" is merely a front for decisions long-since made.
Second: Regardless of the chain of events that led to this point, O P Honors had to go. The public spectacle he made of himself in the videos was conduct cnbecoming an cfficer & a gentleman and far below that expected of a ship's XO. He let this genie out of the bottle and it can't be put back in.
Finally, as for punishing others who may or may not have known about the videos, if we're going to go down this path, what's the message to the Fleet? Is any leader who's had too much to drink, participated in a Wog Day, or a CPO initiation the "old way" going to be sought out, investigated & prosecuted years after the fact? What's the statute of limitations?
And if this four-years-later witch hunt is the CFFC answer to solve all the Fleet's problems, I assume the investigation is well-in-progress on the senior leadership in TR STRIKEGRU during the Holly Graf tenure as CO, W.S. CHURCHILL. Anyone needing a refresher on this recent embarrassment for the Navy can Google the Mar 2010 Time article describing Chaplain Kaprow's month aboard CHURCHILL, where he observed all the same behavior for which Graf was fired from COWPENS for Cruelty & Maltreatment of her crew...a punishment since upheld by a 3-flag BOI. Clearly the DESRON Commodore & STRIKGRU Commander knew EXACTLY what was going on as the Chaplain returned to the carrier afterward and gave leadership a full report. If they didn't, they should have. Either way, they're as responsible as the past ENT CO's who gave (OP Honors words..) "tacit approval" of Graf's actions, which have brought significant discredit/public embarrassment to the Navy. Worse, their inaction subjected the crew of W S CHURCHILL and later, COWPENS to additional years of this sort of treatment. Does anyone know who the TR STRIKGRU Commander and COMDESRON TWO were in 2003? "The Team" deserves a full investigation & accounting for this leadership failure.
-USN Retired.

Anonymous said...

Is there going to be an update on this?

Anonymous said...

Regardless of whether you are a fan of CAPT Honors or not, one must realize the amount of responsiblity that ADM Harvey has. From what I heard through the grapevine regarding ADM Harvey is that he is a tough, but fair and straight across the board kind of guy. I truly believe that he had a very difficult decision but made it after careful deliberation and knowing that whatever he chooses, he sets a prescedence on how he expects his Officers to act. If he let CAPT Honors go free without any investigation, what would happen with someone else in a similar situation? Someone has to make the difficult decsion to stay "this is enough" and ADM Harvey did that. I am sure there is more to the story regarding CAPT Honors' superiors that we are not privy too.

I personally did not think the videos were bad, but can see the standpoint the ADM and many leaders in the Navy are thinking. ADM Harvey did the difficult choice but had to make what he thought what the right decision is

Anonymous said...

Actually, he fired the Captain and then announced an investigation would take place, it would be transparent and that the results would be out in a week. Hasn't happened. Don't know why.

Anonymous said...

Could it be that when the investigation was completed,there was no indication that anyone was offended (beyond the person that provided the video to the V-P 4 years after the fact and most likely for a personal vendetta rather than actually being offended)? In the "real" world you are innocent until proven guilty. Also in the "real world" you are not expected to literally be willing to die for your company every day when you clock in. It is hard to understand how an officer who served his country and his company (US Navy) with such an amazing record (in fact Adm Harvey himself told the audience at the CoC for the USS Enterprise that Capt Honors was a warrior fit to assume command) should be eliminated before an investigation was even conducted. The gay sailors who served with Capt Honors have come forward....they were never offended, in fact they were only offended when he was relieved. This investigation is not transparent.....as a taxpayer I'm concerned that a ton of money has been wasted and in the end the "investigation" was an attempt to justify an action that was taken prematurely and ultimately not justified.

Anonymous said...

Adm Harvey....totally appreciate your support of the USS ENT command as indicated below, but wasn't Capt. Honors the CO during most of the time period in which the ship earned this honor?

From USS Enterprise Public Affairs

USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65), Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW 1) and Carrier Strike Group 12 (CCSG 12) earned the fiscal year 2010 Retention Excellence Award, Feb. 18.

Enterprise, along with USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), were the four aircraft carriers under Commander, Naval Air Force, Atlantic to receive the award.

Award-winning commands must pass the annual Career Information Program Review with a score of 85 points or higher, meet or exceed reenlistment rates of 55 percent for Zone A Sailors (Sailors with zero-to-six years in service); 60 percent for Zone B (six-to-10 years in service); 71 percent for Zone C (10-to-14 years in service), and achieve a Zone A attrition rate of 5.5 percent or lower for fiscal year 2010.

"Your successes represent your command's commitment to the growth and development of your Sailors and will serve as the foundation of fleet readiness; congratulations and well done," said Adm. John C. Harvey, Jr., commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.