ENTERPRISE CO and 3 Others To Be Censured; 36 (!) Others Receive Non-Punitive Measures After XO Movie Night Investigation
FoxNews and others are reporting that Fleet Forces Commander ADM John Harvey, Jr. recommended censures for former USS ENTERPRISE CO, CAPT Owen Honors, Honors’ former bosses on Big E, who are now both admirals, RADM Larry Rice and RADM Ron Horton, and Honors’ successor as XO, CAPT Larry Dixon. The report says ADM Harvey also recommended that CAPT Honors show cause for retention.
Fleet Forces Blog has the full story:
- 1 Recommendation to show cause for retention (Honors)
- 4 Recommended for Secretarial Letters of Censure (Honors, Rice, Horton, and Dixon)
- 2 Non-punitive letters of caution (former BATGRU commanders VADM Holloway and RADM Spicer)
- 2 Counseling (Air Wing Commander and DESRON Commodore, RADM Nosal and RADM Sharpe)
- 32 more NPLOC to unnamed officers and enlisted members involved in the case.
UPDATE: RADM Horton was relieved of command by the PACFLT Commander, see PACFLT announcement here. After reviewing the investigative report, it is my opinion that the report likely implicates 4 Navy judge advocates. Presumably those 4 are on the list of 32 officers/sailors that received non-punitive letters of caution.
Here is a quote from ADM Harvey’s message, that you can disagree with on the outcome, but you have to appreciate the argument and logic with which it is presented:
Vulgar language, insensitive and sexually-tinged attempts at humor such as that displayed in the ENTERPRISE videos is now an everyday part of our popular culture and endless examples can be found on cable television and in the movies.
Recognizing this fact of life, some have questioned the actions I have taken thus far and have also characterized the videos as harmless attempts to raise crew morale during a period of demanding operations.
I cannot disagree more strongly!
Navy leaders are not popular entertainers, but professionals vested with extraordinary military authority who must be held to a higher standard and maintain their credibility in the eyes of their subordinates under the most difficult, even possibly life-threatening, circumstances. Poor judgment and behavior that undermines that credibility threatens good order and discipline and, over time, jeopardizes the crew’s faith in its leadership.
The entire investigation and all 25 of the videos that ADM Harvey found to be inappropriate are available here on the US Fleet Forces FOIA page.