New York Daily News: Salute a naval officer choosing sailor lives over career on a coronavirus-infected vessel

Publicly bucking those you’re supposed to salute is a surefire pink slip. Yet the Navy got the message and began evacuating the Roosevelt.

May the wind be at Brett Crozier’s back, whether he’s on land or sea.

Salute a naval officer choosing sailor lives over career on a coronavirus-infected vessel – New York Daily News



Full Transcript: Thomas Modly on Capt. Brett Crozier to Sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt



….”a chain of command which includes the media” [since when, dipshit?]


…”What do I do to help the E2’s and E3’s that are on this ship? That’s your duty. Not to complain.

Everyone’s scared about this thing. But I tell you something, if this ship was in combat and there were hypersonic missiles coming at it, you’d be pretty (BLEEP) scared too. (BACKGROUND YELLING: WHOA)]

Thomas Modly transcript on Capt. Brett Crozier to USS Theodore Roosevelt – CNNPolitics

Never ever forget that this is how the Trump administration spoke to these sailors. Never forgive and never forget. Never. Ever. Forget.

Navy Secretary Modly’s aircraft carrier speech misfires badly

Secretary Modly addressed Crozier’s crew over the ship’s loudspeakers. Punctuated with profanity, his words provide a fascinating case study in speechmaking around sensitive topics.

…Modly’s address also included broad, blanket statements and he spoke in absolute terms, which should be avoided in such circumstances.

…Modly’s mention of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee by name made it virtually impossible to claim the speech was not political.

…Knowing your audience and speaking to them in terms that are likely to resonate with them is something most speakers at least attempt to do. Modly didn’t bother. He mocked the crew’s popular leader, who has tested positive for COVID-19, by sarcastically calling him “a martyr C.O. who wasn’t getting the help he needed.”

….Modly asserts incorrectly and definitively that “no one expected this pandemic.” A range of astute observers and global health professionals have been warning us about this very topic for years.

…“The only reason we are dealing with this right now is a big authoritative regime called China was not forthcoming about what was happening with this virus,” said Modly. But we know from extensive, highly sourced reporting that the president and his administration were being briefed on the situation developing in China as early as the first days of January.

Navy Secretary Modly’s aircraft carrier speech misfires badly | TheHill

Incompetence? Meet arrogance and malice.

In the years, decades, and centuries to come, teachers and students will point to the Trump administration as the definition of what not to do.

In fact, after this TrumpVirus crisis is over, Trump might just come to mean the opposite of not only what is right but the opposite of intelligent thinking and might become shorthand for “what not to do.”

The Captain of the Roosevelt was fired. Watch how his crew responded.


The Captain of the Roosevelt was fired. Watch how his crew responded. – Americas Military Entertainment Brand

Yes, sailors, it’s true. The Department of Defense, the Commander-in-Chief, and the Secretary of the Navy would sacrifice for your lives for personal gain and political advantage. They do not give a shit if you live or die. But that man did. So glad you all had the chance to thank him on behalf of all of us for his service to you, the Navy, and the country.

Navy’s firing of Capt. Brett Crozier shows the Trump administration never had any moral bearings. …and they are incompetent AF to boot!

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has come under fire for failing to cancel business as usual even as the virus spreads through the ranks. …Even the Pentagon’s high-profile deployment of a hospital ship to New York has backfired: Local leaders are irate that the 1,000-bed ship has reportedly accepted only 20 patients.

…The only official in the entire government who has been publicly disciplined to date for mishandling the coronavirus is a Navy officer who acted to save his crew from an outbreak.

…Because Crozier raised the alarm, most of the crew is finally being evacuated from the ship in Guam. But an article on Crozier’s letter in the San Francisco Chronicle (and then other newspapers) embarrassed the Defense Department leadership.

…About a month ago, when Trump was still calling concern about the coronavirus a “hoax,” the New York Times reported that Esper had “urged American military commanders overseas not to make any decisions related to the coronavirus that might surprise the White House or run afoul of President Trump’s messaging on the growing health challenge.” This was a dismaying directive that seemed to put politics above force protection. Now Crozier’s firing [is correctly]  seen …as another step in the politicization of the military. [Ya know, like when dictators co-opt the military for their own personal gain. Make no mistake, that’s exactly what’s going on here.]

…Trump has already done a great deal to undermine the military’s good order and discipline [thereby undermining its readiness] by pardoning personnel who have been accused, and even convicted, of war crimes.

…The damage that was done to the military by Trump’s decision to pardon suspected war criminals will be compounded by Thursday’s decision to fire the skipper of the Theodore Roosevelt. The message that the administration is sending to the armed forces is that committing war crimes is acceptable but telling the truth and protecting the personnel under your command is not. [emphasis: Peanut Gallery]

Navy’s firing of Capt. Brett Crozier shows the Trump administration has lost its moral bearings – The Washington Post

Nah, they were morally bankrupt all along, this crisi is just highlighting that fact.

Coronavirus: Capt. Brett Crozier gets send-off from USS Roosevelt

Videos posted on social media showed a huge send-off for Navy Capt. Brett Crozier, the commander of an aircraft carrier who was ousted Thursday after sending a letter pleading with Navy leadership to protect his crew from the spreading coronavirus.

One video from the Facebook account of Michael Washington shows hundreds of service members on the hanger deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which is currently docked in Guam, chanting “Captain Crozier! Captain Crozier!” and clapping. 

Someone in the video says, “and that’s how you send off one of the greatest captains you’ve ever had,” and adding “The GOAT [Greatest Of All Time], the man for the people.”

…The letter, which was published in the San Francisco Chronicle, had been sent out broadly via email, creating “panic” on the vessel, according to Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly.

…But overnight Thursday, videos surfaced on social media showing a raucous going-away for Crozier and the term “Captain Crozier” started trending on Twitter as many praised his decision to protect his crew.

…A video from Facebook user Taliah Peterkin appears to show Crozier walking down the gangway of the ship before saluting the ship and waving good-bye.

Coronavirus: Capt. Brett Crozier gets send-off from USS Roosevelt

They don’t look panicked. I think the word the shitshow treasonous scumbag of a Secretary was looking for was grateful.

Thomas Modly is a traitor to the men and women serving in the Navy.

Lawmakers call for investigation into aircraft carrier captain’s firing | TheHill

In their letter, the senators argued that it is “difficult to understand how Capt. Crozier’s decision to copy ‘20 or 30 people’ on an email to his chain of command necessarily constitutes a breach warranting relief of command.”

“This reversal sends a mixed message to sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt and given the remarkable show of support for Capt. Crozier by members of his crew, we are additionally worried about the impact of this decision on morale and readiness,” they wrote.

Video emerged on social media Friday of Crozier getting a hero’s sendoff from his crew, with hundreds gathered on the ship to applaud and cheer his name.

The senators also expressed concern about potential outbreaks on other ships and submarines, saying an investigation into the outbreak on the Roosevelt would help “evaluate whether the Navy is implementing all appropriate precautionary measures and best-practices to protect the safety of our fleet.”

Lawmakers call for investigation into aircraft carrier captain’s firing | TheHill