I'm almost afraid to post this. The Navy announced late Friday that Capt. Holly Graf, who lost command of the USS Cowpens for cruelty and maltreatment of her crew, will get an honorable discharge. This, despite her Board of Inquiry's recommendation that she retire from the service with a general discharge.
The statement from Juan Garcia, assistant Navy secretary for manpower and reserve affairs, reads as follows.
“Ultimately, Capt. Graf’s conduct fell short of that expected of our commanding officers, As a result, her non-judicial punishment, early transfer from command and early retirement are warranted. However, I have also determined that her conduct did not rise to a level sufficient to warrant the characterization of her service as less than honorable, especially when weighed against the totality of her service to the Navy.”
More from me later. For now, though, my first reaction is to determine whether this is a joke. Apparently it's not. Both the Navy Times and Glenn MacDonald are taking it at face value. EmmDee: I'm sorry, man. Really, really sorry.