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

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Marla on Twitter: “The navy captain that relieved of command, due to “lack of trust “ Nobody who has any common sense wants this captain gone. Least of all his crew. Posting this before it gets taken down. 🙄🙄🙄

Marla on Twitter: “The navy captain that relieved of command, due to “lack of trust “ Nobody who has any common sense wants this captain gone. Least of all his crew. Posting this before it gets taken down. 🙄🙄🙄 https://t.co/ExVX24f4XV” / Twitter

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Dylan Castillo on Twitter: “Wrongfully relieved of command but did right by the sailors.

Dylan Castillo on Twitter: “Wrongfully relieved of command but did right by the sailors. #navy @UncleChaps @katebarstool @ZeroBlog30 @CaptainCons https://t.co/M0aZhHNMXT” / Twitter

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Navy sailor from South Florida aboard aircraft carrier with COVID-19 cases, family speak out

Ammons’ parents said they’re just happy their son is healthy, but there’s another concern: the firing of the ship’s commander, U.S. Navy Capt. Brett Crozier.

“[He said], ‘I need help. There’s people on here with COVID-19. I need help,’” said Karen.

…“He’s human. What was he supposed to do? He did the right thing. Why would you fire him?” said Karen.

“Great guy. Great person, period. Great human being,” said Ammons. “He made the ship fun. He made us happy to be here.

Navy sailor from South Florida aboard aircraft carrier with COVID-19 cases, family speak out – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale

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Mom of Theodore Roosevelt sailor ‘devastated’ by firing of Crozier

“Right after I after heard from [him], I said I was so thankful for this being my son’s captain, that he had such a wonderful person,” she said. “I don’t blame him for letting them off in Vietnam. He had no clue. None of us thought it was that bad.”

The mother of the Roosevelt sailor said she was “really proud” that Crozier “risked his own livelihood. That is so hard to do. Not a lot of men, not a lot of women, not a lot of people out there who would do that for others.”

…“My mom updated me,” she said. “As soon as she heard that he got fired, she called. I am devastated. This is so terrible. Because he was finally looking out for the little guys, you know? There’s not a lot of people like that in the world.”

Sailors aboard the Roosevelt should have been in quarantine sooner, said the sailor’s mother, who comes from a military family. Her dad was in the Air Force. Her grandfather was in the Marines and her ex-husband was in the Navy.

Mom of Theodore Roosevelt sailor ‘devastated’ by firing of Crozier

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USS Theodore Roosevelt: Sailors cheer for aircraft carrier commander who was removed after issuing coronavirus warning

Sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier cheered for Capt. Brett Crozier as he disembarked the ship for the last time, an overwhelming show of support for their leader who was relieved of his command after issuing a stark warning about a coronavirus outbreak onboard.

New video obtained by CNN shows a large crowd gathered to give Crozier a warm and loud send off, clapping and chanting his name as he left the ship. It was a clear expression of appreciation for their former commander.

…”He cares about the health and welfare of his Sailors first and foremost, Snodgrass said. “A commanding officer would easily conclude that if his or her actions resulted in an accelerated response to what was judged to be a rapidly deteriorating situation, then the relief from command was easily worth it.”

USS Theodore Roosevelt: Sailors cheer for aircraft carrier commander who was removed after issuing coronavirus warning – CNNPolitics

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Democrats want answers to Navy’s abrupt firing of Capt. Brett Crozier

Democrats want answers to Navy’s abrupt firing of Capt. Brett Crozier – Business Insider

Seth Moulton is a self-righteous, unjustifiably arrogant asshat who ambition is only exceeded by his inability to execute strategy. Clinging to the limelight and tooting his own horn is so fucking inappropriate under the circumstances. Find a way to do your job without being suck a blatantly self-serving asswipe, Seth.

Navy Fires Captain for Calling Attention to Navy Inaction

If the Navy’s senior leadership was doing everything it could before the letter leaked, why does it seem that they suddenly shifted into a more urgent mode once it did?

I’m sellable on the notion that getting most of the crew off an aircraft carrier in rapid fashion is challenging when it’s thousands of miles from home port. But why were they suddenly able to make that happen once the letter leaked?

…Time and thorough investigations will tell, but the most logical explanation is that he HAD done all these things but that the Chain of Command wasn’t acting.

…Bottom line for me: Crozier did what he thought was right for the safety and health of his crew, he determined that losing command was worth the risk of saving lives, and he let it ride.

…Crozier’s action got the attention he sought, good things are happening, and the crew is being taken care of. It cost him his command, but as I said, I suspect he knew it would.

Navy Fires Captain for Calling Attention to Navy Inaction

yup.

Navy fires Theodore Roosevelt skipper following leaked letter pleading for COVID-19 assistance

“We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die,” he wrote. “If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our Sailors.”

Crozier proposed that the ship be evacuated, save for 10 percent of the crew who would remain onboard to operate critical systems. The remainder would move into isolated quarantine in Guam.

“Removing the majority of personnel from a deployed U.S. nuclear aircraft carrier and isolating them for two weeks may seem like an extraordinary measure,” Crozier wrote. “This is a necessary risk. Keeping over 4,000 young men and women on board the TR is an unnecessary risk and breaks faith with those Sailors entrusted to our care.”

 

…Crozier’s hasty dismissal prompted immediate backlash from lawmakers in the House Armed Services committee who accused Modly of acting irrationally.

“What’s more, we are very concerned about the chilling effect this dismissal will have on commanders throughout the Department of Defense. Dismissing a commanding officer for speaking out on issues critical to the safety of those under their command discourages others from raising similar concerns.”

Navy fires Theodore Roosevelt skipper following leaked letter pleading for COVID-19 assistance

Modly is a traitor to the men and women of the armed forces.

Navy says it will quarantine ship-board deployed sailors with flu-like symptoms

Lt. Cmdr. Julie Holland, a Navy spokeswoman assigned to the Roosevelt, said in an email that the health and well-being of the ship’s sailors is the Navy’s “top priority.”

Navy says it will quarantine ship-board deployed sailors with flu-like symptoms – The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Navy’s priority is the health and well-being of its sailors, my ass. Tell that to the sailors whose commander was relived of his duties for trying to protect them.

 

An Aircraft Carrier Is No Place to Fight Coronavirus

When Crozier first heard he had a few cases, he must have felt his heart skip a beat, as the odds were high that many, many more cases were already circulating through the crew. Very shortly, he had 20 cases, then 50, then 100. 

…Crozier certainly knows that the mission comes first. And in his heartfelt letter, he acknowledged that if we were in a war, he would simply do the best he could, hope most of the infected had only mild symptoms, and go to the fight weakened but hopefully operational. But the USS Theodore Roosevelt was not headed to war, a circumstance in which the health of the force has to come first. In this case, the extraordinary choice was to evacuate the crew (all but the 10% needed to run the reactor and disinfect the ship) and keep the ship parked in Guam for at least two weeks.

An Aircraft Carrier Is No Place to Fight Coronavirus – Bloomberg

sigh…

 

A World War I Vintage Helmet Bests A Modern Brain Bucket

In fact, a recent study done by a team of Duke University researchers finds that the 105-year-old “Adrian” helmet used by the French army in World War I can provide better blast protection than the Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) widely used by the U.S. military.

…When those helmets were exposed to overhead blast waves that the 1915-era Adrian helmet outperformed the others. The Duke researchers point to the raised metal crest running from the front to the back of the Adrian helmet — a design feature also found on helmets used in those times by French firefighters — as a likely explanation for its superior protection from overhead blasts.

“The geometry of the helmet can make a big difference,” says Op ‘t Eynde. “I’m not sure a crest or something like it would work with a modern design, but just being aware of how the geometry might affect the way that the head and the brain might experience a shock wave is definitely something that I think should be kept in mind in helmet design.”

A World War I Vintage Helmet Bests A Modern Brain Bucket : NPR

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Lives Inside the War on Terror

Moral injury — the damage to the soul caused by participating in something unjust — has a wide blast radius for anyone with a conscience. The ambiguity of military operations since 9/11 are fertile ground for moral injury. Average Americans may feel guilt or shame for the conduct of the war on terrorism — the pardoning of war criminals or the indefinite jailing, without trial, of men at Guantánamo or the civilian casualties caused by drone strikes — but it can be devastating for those who are a part of it.

…Fewer than one-third of all young Americans meet the qualifications for serving in the military. Those who don’t qualify lack enough formal education; they have a criminal records; they’re too overweight.

Among those who do qualify, few serve. Since the attacks of 9/11, the burden of fighting wars has fallen on the slenderest sliver of the population. They deploy again and again and again.

Opinion | My Friend Lives Inside the War on Terror. Listen to Him. – The New York Times

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