You know, for a while, I was convinced this was coincidence-maybe Ma Navy was just clearing out her wood shed. Now, I'm not so certain. We all understand that people slip through the cracks, that power often corrupts, and combining the high stress of command at sea, with the somewhat archaic (but necessary) structure of the same is often a recipe for trouble...but this is beginning to look like a "purge". CDR Bowen was a Chief before commissioning, and enlisted in '84...this man's been serving since I was in kindergarten. Hard to believe someone with over thirty years of service could be "incompetent". It's much easier to believe he's probably "old school", doesn't take any crap off any rank, has no time for sea lawyers, and has little patience for the variety of things that can make an already challenging job even harder to accomplish. My guess? He flamed the wrong person...someone who had friends. That, or he's taking one for his sailors in the finest traditions of the Navy. I hope we won't find out there's something darker at play.
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