Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Fowler forced out early by CNO ... MIDN reinstated ..

There is a lot more to this story - but I think it speaks to a lot as is. From Lance M. Bacon at NavyTimes.
The Navy’s top officer is forcing the Naval Academy superintendent to vacate his position one month earlier than planned, and the Navy secretary has ordered two midshipmen set to be booted for honor violations to be invited back to the school, according to the Navy’s senior spokesman.
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Twelve of the cases involved lying, and the other 15 involved cheating. Twenty were in the bottom third of the class, seven were athletes and eight had prior honor violations.

Two midshipmen were found to be “not in violation,” while 11 others were processed for separation. But “inconsistencies” were identified in the way seven cases were handled. The report does not directly identify the inconsistencies, but does take strong issue with the 85-day processing time averaged for each case. The longest lasted 199 days. The target for adjudication is 35 days.

“As a result of the review, recommendations by Vice Admiral Fowler to separate two midshipmen first class for honor violations were disapproved,” Moynihan said. “Those two midshipmen will be offered the opportunity to return to the Naval Academy for ‘honor remediation.’ ”
RADM Miller has a lot of work to do.

13 comments:

LT B said...

Hmmm, but I'm guessing the honor board found the mids guilty.  Interesting.

SNAnonymous said...

Did anyone else see the related article titled "CMC paid as E-9, lived as O-6?"  The DODIG  "<span>questioned the rate at which she spent money in her first year on the job — $32,000 for catered events at her quarters; $3,088 for dinners in restaurants; and $62,680 on “gifts and mementos.” Overall, between August 2007 and December 2008, Banks spent almost $113,000 just on keepsakes and entertaining."</span>

Guess whose CMC she was.

Someone_blogged said...

Previously she was a CNO-Directed CMC under then RADM Fowler as Commander Navy Recruiting Command.

I remember standing in ranks during a Black History Month celebration and I noticed an unfamiliar Master Chief standing in the corner; however, when it was it her time to speak everyone noticed. As a matter of fact, we all nearly jumped back because she came on so strong and loud - we were not expecting it, nor were we ready for it.

The overall impression I had of her was "this person is not normal and is disconnected from planet earth". Unfair or not, that is the impression she gave the troops, an unapproachable leader, WAY UP the food chain, working for admiral, with her head and ego in orbit. 

Someone_blogged said...

I think I need some sleep.... LOL

The Usual Suspect said...

She was the head of the Diversity Directorate at USNA.  She spewed all the useless drivel about how diverse the classes were when she addressed the parents of incoming midshipmen - nothing about qualifications or the two-track admissions policy.  Obviously, her only qualification was the amount of melanin in her genetic make up.  She was/is a diversity promo.

Horatio said...

Fowler ejected early and his CMC was irresponsible with funds? It is most odd in the contemporary military environment where money is so tight that people have to beg borrow and other things to keep mission essential things operating that this was ever tolerated. Funny that diversity is used as the cover and smoke and mirrors for the fraud. As far as the misfits being reinstated, maybe there are credible facts that are known only to the powers that be but all of this fiasco smells like incompetence, failed leadership and fraud on its face.

sid said...

Well...the good Chief is at NAVSEA now, so I'm sure the shipbuilding problems will get squared away....

Shazam said...

<span>$113,000 on what? Red flags should have been raised at full staff for this blatant scam. The only things missing from this waste fraud and abuse fiasco are alcohol and underage guests.</span><span> </span><span>I wonder how many folks had access to the ring knocker's slush fund? Sounds like a possible under the table source for those special "Diversity nights out?"</span>

Alpha Check said...

<p>It used to be a very rare event when the Supe disagreed with the verdict of the honor board.  Perhaps its time to just drum them out again, or refuse to acknowledge the offenders.  
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</p><p>The Honor Concept was supposed to belong to the Brigade, not the Supe.  It used to be a pretty simple process, and has gotten increasingly insane after the EE disaster.  At this point, it sounds like there's so much non-Midshipmen involvement, they might as well roll honor into the conduct system, which is a shame.
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Anon said...

I think when it comes to the Academy - it's safe to say that we're fresh out of red flags. 

C-dore 14 said...

A good call re: expediting the Change of Command.  Let's hope that VADM (RADM?) Fowler is currently on "terminal leave" so he's finished working his magic on the place.

A revitalization of the honor concept is certainly in order when you consider that the 27 cases discussed in this article involve Midn 1/C who failed to understand it after 3+ years at Navy.  Am curious about the details of the two cases that were considered worthy of remediation.  

I wish VADM Miller the best.  He has his work cut out for him.

SWOINATOR said...

If you ever saw her in person, you would know she has not passed a PRT or weight standards since the 80's.  As a CMC, she was disgusting to see in uniform - regardless of being black, female, loud, whatever!  It doesn't matter, she is a horrible example for young sailors.

She needs to hang with Fowler as she is part of this mess.  Sounds almost like a rat leaving a ship... a FAT rat.

anonymid said...

And they told us they didn't have enough funding for many academic/military internships or even some standard academy training. Tsk tsk.