Four Navy officers get letters of censure over lewd video
March 18th, 2011
03:18 PM ET

Four Navy officers get letters of censure over lewd video

The secretary of the Navy has issued letters of censure to Capt. Owen Honors and three other officers involved in the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise lewd video scandal, Navy spokesman Capt. Danny Hernandez said.

The letters effectively end the officers careers, as they will prevent promotion. The letters cannot be appealed.

Honors created the videos and was second-in-command on the Enterprise at the time. Others receiving censure were his successor, Capt. John Dixon, and former Enterprise commanders Rear Adm. Larry Rice and Rear Adm. Ron Horton.

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  1. justme

    Oh a little letter in their files...BIG DEAL!

    March 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      It seems that you don't know jack about the military... A censure letter is the worst thing someone in the military can get... It's game over... You're done...

      March 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      It is "a big deal". It destroys their careers !!!! It seems WAY to harsh and unfair.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      That letter IS a very BIG DEAL. Te commander of one the premier ships in the Navy is usually destined for very high rank, eg admiral.....This letter keeps the officer from that rank, just this letter even though his record may be otherwise spotless destroys the individual's career whic given his current rank is near or over 20 years. I agree what he did was completely wrong, inappropriate, maybe even criminal, but the letter did what needed to be done, removed an unfit leader from command of young sailors who deserve much better.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • dt_henry

      Umm, coming from one how has served.... it is a BIG DEAL!

      March 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • John in NY

      What a dolt!

      This isn't Congress where censure is used to slap someone on the wrist when they get caught being a crook like Rangle and then they are allowed to go back to their stealing for the public.

      For officers in the military this means their careers are over, and if you had actually read the article instead of rushing to the bottom to post up and show your ignorance you would have known that.

      March 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vince

      Anchors aweigh! Way to harsh. But the unbalanced, politically incorrect atmosphere these days cuts no slack. This should be the worst thing anyone in the navy ever does.

      March 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Article 15 on crack!

      March 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • jose

      they just got a pink slip. most of these officers just got retired after 30 years of service. also, pretty embarassing to fire an admiral.

      March 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • SargeH

      Why would you want to display your ignorance here for all to see?

      March 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarciaMarcia

      Hard to feel sorry for them- if they are 0-6 and above they will collect around 6-7 k a month for the rest of their lives (and it will go up as the cost of living/inflation increases) not including social security once they hit 65.

      March 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • david

      It also mean retirement is all gone

      March 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cynthia

      This is the end of their careers, the worse that could happen to a Naval Officer. Some of you appear to have no idea about what being an Officer in the military, especially the Navy, means. They don't say "Officer and a Gentleman" for nothing. Whether you find humor or approve of their actions, they violated the Miltary Code of Conduct. It also appears that many of you have only viewed the edited video, if you had seen the entire, unedited version I would hope you'd see how immature, disrespectful and dereliction of duty. How do you expect the crew to respect and follow orders from someone who acts like an infant with his crew? How do you expect them to trust someone like this??????

      March 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      David, his retirement is NOT gone. UNLESS a recommendation to evaluate his retirement rate was given, his retirement will be at O-6.
      If the recommendation to evaluate his retirement rate WAS made, the Secretary of the Navy would determine what his retirement rank IS and THAT would determine his retirement pay.
      He violated federal law. He violated DoD and Navy regulations. He disobeyed a direct order from the Secretary of the Navy.
      He earned that letter.

      March 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • sjs52987

      In the private sector he would have been fired, so how is it that conservatives, who are all about making the government more like the private sector, upset over this? Oh, I forgot. They have that military blind-spot they mistake for patriotism.

      March 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Redeye Dog

      It's a damn shame another 4 bite the dust over what amounts to nothing...

      March 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    @Justme: I am going to write you up and place your write up in your files.

    March 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • USSDumbbutt

      That sounds like a personal thing ... maybe you 2 should get a room

      March 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff

    Justm and Cesar. This ends their careers. Don't make light of it.

    March 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pacoatemiami

      They are all retirement eligible. They'll be just fine.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      I will make light of it wether you like it or not. I love it when those in power lose everything when they abuse it and step on those under them. Screw him and the others, they get what they deserve, just like we all should.

      March 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anomolie

    I hope this doesn't go on their "permanent records"....You know, that thing you got threatened with as a kid.

    March 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    @Jeff: I'm sorry sir.

    March 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dane

    Idle people busting good people.

    March 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • USSDumbbutt


      March 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cynthia

      Good people???? Who? How? I'm guessing you are also an immature, uninformed and self-imposed ignorant. sheesh

      March 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John

    @justme... the letters end their careers. They can obtain no future promotions. YES, it is a big deal to them.

    Lord, I just wish people like justme would read and process the entire article before making an uninformed comment.

    March 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • USSDumbbutt

      Amen brother

      March 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Yes, but they get to retire with pay that is around $5,000 and above per month. So it doesn't hurt them that much.

      March 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. USSDumbbutt

    @justme ... CAN YOU READ ???? this will end their careers .... my got RIF my friend RIF

    March 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. USSDumbbutt

    Well they should be delt with ..... so loong suckers

    March 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. USSDumbbutt

    oh stop it

    March 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hldd

    Ask any sailor if they found these videos offensive, and you will get the same response. No. This whole ordeal is bull. The Navy, which is known for cracking gay jokes about themselves; The Navy, whose sailors swear like, well, sailors. The Navy, WHO KILLS PEOPLE. Why Liberal activists had to blow this out of proportion, i dont know, some demented political agenda.

    March 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • USSDumbbutt

      The Navy has gay people in it?

      March 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • asgardshill

      I'm fairly sure it says in the rules that navies are SUPPOSED to kill people ... and break things. If I acquired a navy that couldn't do either of those, I'd take it back most ricky tick.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bugs

      asgard, haven't you seen the commercials? The Navy delivers humanitarian relief and transports refugees and succors little orphan babies! I keep asking, "Who do I see about joining the killin' Navy?" but nobody has an answer. Same goes for the other services...well, except maybe the Marines. Mind you, the Marines do a certain amount of making-the-world-a-better-place-type stuff – but mostly they still kill people.

      March 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Welcome to Reality

      I've noticed that the women in the video did not recieve any letters. Anyone else notice the double standard?

      March 18, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • MattEsq

      Those darn "Liberal activists" again. Why don't you put a name on those responsible instead of blanketly blaming some imaginary group of people you have no reason to believe actually did anything.

      I think the Tea Party activists did it again. I have just as much evidence as you.

      March 18, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Agree. The Navy is like a fraternity. It was a slow news cycle and a bunch of bullspit was made out of it. To us that have served (proudly on Enterprise I may add) I would not hesitate to say that the overwhelming majority feel bad for their former Captain.

      March 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margot707

      How about if they did a video in black face? How well do you think that would go over?

      March 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • JD

      Im in the current NAVY...and gay jokes are nothing new to us, Media made this punishment what it is...their videos were known about a couple years ago and they received a minor punishment, then the media and all of the "no life, have to get get in others business" groups got wind of it and here we are. Is this punishment over the top? Certainly.

      March 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    @Justme: What's the matter with you? This will end their career. Can't you understand that? Huh, can't you! Answer me!!!

    March 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • USSDumbbutt

      No one has to answer you .. grow up fool :p

      March 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lede3957

    ooooompa......great.......good..Finally someone has guts to stop this nonsense. They ended their own careers by making poor choices. They called themselves leaders?????

    March 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • USSDumbbutt

      DURKA ... DURKA

      March 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • hldd

      have you seen the videos? They're actually quite comical in a non offensive way. If you were stuck in a metal shell, with nothing to do, I think even you would appreciate the humor.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • sumday

      yeah bc leaders never make mistakes or have a bad judgement day right? I mean are leaders like gods that never make mistakes in your mind? and what is all this over anyway- some off jokes? When will gay people lighten up and learn to take a joke- I mean I don't get offended when they call us breeders or make jokes about needing us to so we can make another partner for them. political gay people make for the biggest blown out of portion whinners- they even beat the GOP in that category

      March 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • joninva

      Sort like Bill Clinton and being held accountable for his actions with Monica Lewinsky, then lying about it. Oh wait, nothing really happened to him and people treat him like a rock star. What hypocracy.

      March 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. James

    For all you liberals that are mad and wanted them to hang like Hussein, a letter of censure ends their careers. It's not "just a letter in their permanent records". It's a shame b/c the video was actually funny and not offensive to anyone except those liberal types that are always looking for things to be offended over. If you don't believe me, go to youtube and watch his videos. You liberals crack me up! You have no problem with ending someone's hard earned career and dragging their good name through the mud, but then you'll turn around and send those same people to fight and die in Libya against their will. What a bunch of hypocrites you are!

    March 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • USSDumbbutt

      Yah .. James is right. I could not have said it better ...... DURKA .... DURKA

      March 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • hldd

      Amen. My god SNL is more offensive. Even Steve Colbert for gods sake

      March 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kip

      Uh, yeah, right. The LIBERALS did it! No way the Republican party would send young people to die for oil...I mean, "our freedoms". I mean, a Republican would never lie to the American public about how much evidence there was for nuclear weapons in Iraq, just so he could go to war to show his daddy how powerful he was. A Republican wouldn't snort coke, get busted, and then lie about it. Or cheat on his dying wife. Or dodge service during Vietnam. Or...

      March 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      We don't have a problem with it because in any other workplace, you would be canned without the dignity of a hearing. The military is supposed to set the highest bar in terms of honor, not appeal to lowest common denominator. This is not about PC, this is about holding people responsible for doing stupid things. Would you expect anything less of our military?

      March 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • RI

      Although I don't agree what the Captain did, other less drastic measures should have been taken. He has dedicated his life to serve in the Milatary to keep us safe and free. He has a stressful job and sometimes people de-stress in inappropriate ways. He should have been been reprimanded but not have his career destroyed.

      March 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      "against their will?" Errr, they brought back the draft? I don't see how this ends their careers. It just ends promotions. Sounds like most of the rest of our jobs.

      March 18, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      Got news for you: the officers who got censured ended their careers through their own stupidity. They are being forced to accept responsibility for their actions: had they been honorable, they never would have allowed this to happen under the weak pretext of needing to blow off steam. You are the hypocrite for exercising a double standard of engaging in baseless attacks on liberals while insisting they revere your views, as if you are beyond criticism. Would you have accepted responsibility if you screwed up?

      March 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • alsoJames

      James is right. I saw these videos and they were harmless attempts at boosting morale. I'm a gay ex-military man, and I was totally NOT offended by them. In a world where black comedians can just about the N word, gays call themselves queens, and a whole host of taboo topics are wrung through the wash in the names of comedy and enlightenment, it is amazing to me that the military cannot know when to lighten up. My heart breaks for these four officers.

      March 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Whether we find the videos appropriate or offensive is irrelevant. The Navy officers involved made the videos knowing they violated the rules. They made sure to cover for the Admiral and they had multiple complaints from Navy service members serving. Regardless of what we think, rules were broken, people complained and they said F U. I'm glad they got they letters. They didn't care about the people serving under them or what they thought.

      March 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margot707

      If they were so wonderful, they never would have made such videos in the first place. it's about time they grew up and stopped acting like playground bullies. Maybe YOU don't find the videos offensive, but obviously many others do.

      March 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alan S.

    I recently retired from the Navy and I must question the integrity of those officers who turned the Navy into a laughingstock due to that video. That is not what good leaders do. Unbelievable amount of stupidity displayed there.

    March 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
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