And an honorable discharge:
Capt. Holly Graf, relieved as commanding officer of the cruiser Cowpens in January 2010 for cruelty, will retire with an honorable characterization of her service this year, overturning the recommendation of her board of inquiry, the Navy said in a statement released late on Friday.
The Navy missed a good opportunity to send a message. This… “officer” should have been booted.
First, absent very strong evidence the Board of Inquiry was not effective in its duties, the bar for overturning that recommendation should be very high. Instead, the message is that the BoI was irrelevant, thus undermining future boards.
Second, when considering CAPT Graf’s “totality of service” there’s an extreme likelihood that she didn’t suddenly turn into a tyrant upon assuming command of USS Cowpens. She almost certainly developed her so called leadership style over the years of her career. I’ve scanned literally thousands of comments regarding this woman since her relief, and hundreds of them were from sailors that had served with her. Almost universally, they depict an officer that lacked leadership, tact, empathy, and integrity, not to mention basic competence as a warfighter and sailor.
Is this just the civilian side of the Navy being clueless, or is it the Diversity PC doing damage control?