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Admin Games

By lex, on February 1st, 2012

CDR Jonathan Jackson was relieved of command in December for violating the Navy’s sexual harassment policies and for conduct unbecoming. But having read through the Navy IG Report and the commander’s NJP appeal (both pdf files found at the U/T link above),  I find that the one is damning and the other exculpatory. We apparently have a department head who bore a two-year grudge, and a struggling junior officer who either was deliberately insulted, or she was not. And a CO who maybe spent a little to much time celebrating with Bacchus, leaving himself open to charges that he spoke thoughtlessly and acted imperfectly, while letting off steam.

These days, you must be nigh on perfect, nearly all the time.

If you’re a CO, that is.

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Shortney Rising

By lex, on January 24th, 2012

Bill “Shortney” Gortney was one of my instructors at the FA-18 Fleet Replacement Squadron in 1987. He was a (senior) lieutenant when I was a (junior) lieutenant. He’s also one of the guys I (mistakenly, it seems) attributed to a rather high-larious event ** at around the same time frame. Which if you haven’t read that story, you really orta.

Yesterday I got the news that Mrs. Gortney’s son is all growed up:*

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Traveling

 

By lex, on November 9th, 2011

Which it’s our birthday, and we plan to spend it at Flight Level 290 ferrying a jet from Fallon to Buckley ANGB, in Aurora, CO. Overnight thither, then on to Newport News via Scott AFB on Thursday. Home on Friday night, the Good Lord willing and the dam don’t break.

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Things Change

By lex, on August 4th, 2011

When I was a midshipman at the US Naval Academy, I was one of those 20% who opted to become “bull” majors, studying political science rather than math and science to my later regret. Other bull options were English, economics and history. The school’s intention was that each midshipman have a solid grounding in core technical studies, and it wasn’t until my senior year that I had more majors courses than otherwise. I don’t know how many other schools required their poly sci majors to take two semesters of electrical engineering to go with physics, differential equations, chemistry and thermodynamics.

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Thinking Small

By lex, on May 31st, 2011

Navy is used to think in terms of tonnage when it considers its investment in capital ships. The trend these days, however, is to think in pounds:

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Somebody’s Shipmate

By lex, on May 8th, 2011

John D. Hannah served his country honorably. Retired as a senior chief petty officer. Went back home to Illinois

His wife died, he took it hard. Dropped out of life as it is normally lived. Helped out with chores at a homeless shelter in Detroit, in exchange for a vinyl mat to sleep on. Smoked, got lung cancer, died. Utterly alone, and unclaimed:

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Warship

By lex, on May 5th, 2011

Navy  is all set to commission its newest guided missile destroyer, and her crew will have a lot to live up to:

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