"Some sailors who served on the Enterprise have taken to Facebook to defend Honors and his video skits for providing a much-needed morale boost during long deployments at sea."
"'They were probably hoping it would all go away, and it didn't and now they have to say something,' said Michael Corgan, a career Navy officer who now teaches at Boston University.
... Corgan said Honors was guilty not only of an error in judgment but of failing to recognize a changing Navy culture. 'Standards shift, of course, and trimming your sails is something you have to do if you're going command people in the Navy,' Corgan said. 'This guy showed poor judgment.'
... Corgan said the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell probably had nothing to do with the furor now: 'What he did would have been dumb 30, 40 years ago.'" *
"'It's no worse than anything you'd see on Saturday Night Live or the Family Guy,' said Houston native Misty Davis, who worked on the Enterprise's weapons systems during her 2006-2010 tour. She called Honors as 'the best the Navy has to offer' and said the skits were welcome entertainment onboard."*
Senior military officials said they were trying to determine who among Navy leaders knew about the videos when they were shown repeatedly in 2006 and 2007 to thousands of crew members aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
An investigation by U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., also is seeking to determine whether Capt. Owen Honors was reprimanded at the time.
The episode has raised serious questions about whether military leaders can behave badly so long as the public doesn't find out.*
Navy Capt. Owen Honors was an officer with a bright future, a hotshot fighter jock who rose to become commander of one of the most storied ships in the fleet, the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.
His undoing was a sense of humor that seemed a throwback to the Navy's raucous, macho Tailhook days nearly two decades ago.*
As usual, the captain and the admiral, they don't know anything at all about the content of the video and the movie this evening and they should absolutely not be held accountable in any judicial setting.
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