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