This is great news. As CNN reports the relieving of Capt. Owen Honors’ command came with speed and no double-speak.
There is no room in the military for the bone-headed mentality that was exhibited by Navy Capt. Owen Honors. In time of war and great international unrest the anti-gay slurs, profanity laced ‘humor’, and sexual skits were not only inappropriate but they are also out of step with where the mindset of the military should be headed. Gay slurs may work in red-neck bars, but when taxpayers are paying the way for these brave little warriors they better watch their mouths and actions.
I trust a lesson was learned from Navy Capt. Owen Honors.
Navy Capt. Owen Honors, who produced profanity- and slur-laden videos while second in command of the USS Enterprise, has been relieved of his command of the ship, a senior defense official told CNN Tuesday.
Excerpts from the videos and descriptions of their content were first published Saturday by The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia.
The videos on the paper’s website, reviewed by CNN, feature a man identified by two Navy officials and The Virginian-Pilot as Honors, who at the time was the executive officer, or second in command, of the aircraft carrier. He recently took command of the carrier, winning one of the most coveted assignments in the U.S. Navy, which has only 11 aircraft carriers.
Navy spokesman Cmdr. Chris Sims said the videos, which were shown to the crew of the Enterprise while on deployment supporting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, are “inappropriate.”