|At least Holly was nice to the locals on port call in Russia|
Ding ding ding! Retention board time!
Yes, it's true. I first heard the news via Glenn MacDonald, a Vietnam veteran who runs the investigative website MilitaryCorruption.com. Glenn reported on Monday that the long awaited Holly Graf retention board convenes today at 0900 at the Washington Navy Yard. The board is expected to spend three days deliberating whether Holly should go or stay - and, if she stays, at what rank. The final decision, of course, rests with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.
I have high hopes for the Holly review.
I hope the retention board members are honest and strong. I hope they look at the damning evidence, and avoid the temptation to go easy on a woman. I hope they see Holly for the disgrace that she is. I hope they realize that the ship Holly lost command of, the USS Cowpens, now is part of the USS George Washington carrier strike group pulling duty off the Korean peninsula. I hope the board members recognize that in such a delicate and volatile situation, an incompetent commander such as Holly Graf could place an entire strike group at risk - and that she was yanked off the ship in the nick of time.
I hope Secretary Mabus throws Holly Graf out of the Navy.
Unrealistic wishes? I don't think so. Anyone who assaults subordinates, runs a ship aground, and shanghais subordinates into doing personal scut-work should not be allowed to wear the uniform. Period.
And it's not just me being cranky. The people who served under Holly want her gone yesterday. If you want to learn why so many servicemembers and veterans are cheering for Holly's demise, here's where you can start. Just check out the 180+ comments following this post I wrote earlier this year.
- I served under Captain Graf on the Cowpens and it was immediately evident that she is utterly incompetent and a raging tyrant. I personally witnessed her throw a coffee cup, toss a headset across CIC, and even tell someone she would kill them.
- I cant believe it took this long to fire her, but I am supremely glad that it finally happened.
- She is and always has been an incompetent boob.
- I served under her command on the USS Winston S Churchill (DDG-81). I have personally witnessed her Bi-polar mood swings, violent outburst and malicious treatment to her crew. Sorry guys, it was not just towards other officers, she included the enlisted crew AND a British naval officer. Most of us Churchillians find ourselves reminiscing about her psychotic reign, Not only do we have the bond of commisinong, we also have her. Things I have personally witnessed. Here is my Late night count down.
#10. Abandoning a VBSS team while on mission to answer a S/V distress call
#9. Grabbing a Royal Navy LT by the neck and dragging him to a bridge wing. Screaming at him "did you run my F-ing ship aground"
#8. Calling the XO the stupidest MFer she has ever seen.
#7. RHIB at the rail followed by a 30 degree turn (that was fun)
#6. RHIB on the hook in heavy seas, and refusing to raise or release.
#5. Throwing hand held radios at officers and crew.
#4. Getting hammered at softball games, then driving.
#3. Ordering 25kts in the basin coming out of Italy
#2. Fixing the deck log in Italy
#1. After a hurricane sortie, DESRON telling her, NO YOU ARE to return your ship to port immediately
BONUS** Receiving a bronze star for all of her hard work during deployment and not even thanking her crew, the ones who got it for her.
And then tell me why she should not get busted way down the ladder before she is forced to trade in that beautiful uniform for a plain set of civvies.
H/T CDR Salamander for the mention and the link! Really fun comments going on over at his place.