Saturday, October 31, 2015

Unbelievable scam of cancer industry blown wide open: $100 billion a year spent on toxic chemotherapy for many FAKE diagnoses... National Cancer Institute's shocking admission affects millions of patients


(NaturalNews) With $100 billion a year now being spent on toxic chemotherapy treatments that damage patients and cause "chemo brain" side effects, a panel of cancer experts commissioned by the National Cancer Institute publicly admitted two years ago that tens of millions of "cancer cases" aren't cancer at all.

Tens of millions of people who have been diagnosed with "cancer" by crooked oncologists -- and scared into medically unjustified but extremely profitable chemotherapy treatments -- never had any sort of life-threatening condition to begin with, scientists have confirmed.

"The word 'cancer' often invokes the specter of an inexorably lethal process; however, cancers are heterogeneous and can follow multiple paths, not all of which progress to metastases and death, and include indolent disease that causes no harm during the patient's lifetime," says the abstract of the published study entitled 
Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment in Cancer An Opportunity for Improvement (JAMA. 2013;310(8):797-798. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.108415)

The article goes on to explain that many tissue lesions in human biology are being diagnosed with the scary-sounding term "cancer" even though they would not lead to any real harm in the body even if left untreated.

$100 billion a year generated by the cancer industry to treat many patients who never had "real" cancer in the first place.

Oncologists and the breast cancer industry prey on systematic over-diagnosis of cancer in order to scare patients into unnecessary treatments. These treatments are helping generate $100 billion a year in chemotherapy revenues, often for so-called "cancers" that shouldn't even count as cancer in the first place.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Hillary Says VA’s Problems Aren’t As ‘Widespread’ As Republicans Claim


Hillary Clinton brushed off the complaints voiced by many veterans over the Department of Veterans Affairs’ backlog and health care scandal when she said on Friday that the problems plaguing the agency are not as “widespread” as they have been made out to be by Republicans, who the Democratic presidential candidate said are pushing the issue in pursuit of an “ideological agenda.”

Clinton was asked about the VA’s backlog issues during an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. The host pointed out that many Republicans have pushed the idea of privatizing the VA. She said that the proposal resonates because the problems with the VA system appear intractable and “can’t get fixed fast enough.”

“I don’t understand why we have such a problem,” Clinton began. But instead of addressing why the VA has had such problems providing healthcare to veterans, Clinton blamed Republicans for unfairly attacking the agency.

“There have been a number of surveys of veterans, and overall, veterans who do get treated are satisfied with their treatment,” she said.


Food for thought:  I'm truly disappointed in Hillary's ignorance of the VA's cruel healthcare system. She needs to have a town-hall meeting (in a Red State) and personally address Veterans' concerns before making such an offensive statement.   Each time I receive a "mail survey" I treat it like all other junk mail. 

President Obama is well aware of Veterans’ ill-treatment that is systemic within all branches of the military; active duty personnel are constantly encountering Civil and Human Rights violations on a daily basis and the VA is a clearing house to "pacify" these violations.   

As a 100% disabled veteran, I have encountered ongoing cancellation of dental appointments without professional courtesy or satisfactory justification.  Just last week my dental appointment was cancelled without advance notification.  When I arrived at the clinic, the receptionist confirmed that it happens all the time.  When I asked to speak to one of the doctors, she said that the entire staff was in a meeting for the rest of the afternoon?!!

Since I've been a patient at the VA, I've always felt like a "lab rat" for some sort of "clinical trial," along with thousands of other veterans, who are dying from the VA's "experimental" treatments.  I fully support the Republicans efforts to privatize our medical treatment because Veterans can be cured and healed when we believe that you care about us, especially our Commander in Chief.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Thought of the Day...





For several years, I've been providing advocacy support to several Navy officers who reached out to me after experiencing whistleblower retaliation while serving on active duty.  Their complaints stemmed from blatant discrimination within the Navy's Nurse Corps and Aviation community.  Dana, Steve and Lenora have since retired from the Navy and are working towards rebuilding their lives after surviving such a horrific ordeal.  Like with all bad experiences, they are coping one day at a time.  Yesterday I was blessed to meet Dana for the first time and our souls immediately connected.  To see the flame in her eyes from the passion that fuels her soul and her fight for what is right, confirmed that she is a true pillar of strength!!  

I'm proud to have inspired Dana, Steve and Lenora to “Not give up their  fight for "Justice!” 

We are not alone!!  

There are thousands of military Veterans who suffer from abuse of authority everyday, and they are constantly being exposed to unsafe working environments, at home and abroad. There is no "just" legal system to protect Veterans from such infractions, meanwhile, senior military officials turn a blind eye to protect their livelihood and their own careers.  That is not a character of a true leader, more less the character of a tyrant!!  



LT (Ret) Dana Street, 



LCDR (Ret) Steve Crowston, 



CDR ( Ret)  Lenora Langlais, 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Navy poised to promote powerful admiral who illegally punished suspected whistleblowers


The Navy is poised to promote the admiral in charge of its elite SEAL teams and other commando units even though Pentagon investigators determined that he illegally retaliated against staff members whom he mistakenly suspected were whistleblowers.
Rear Adm. Brian Losey was investigated five times by the Defense Department's inspector general after subordinates complained that he had wrongly fired, demoted or punished them during a fruitless hunt for the person who had anonymously reported him for a minor travel-policy infraction, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.
After conducting yearslong investigations that involved more than 100 witnesses and 300,000 pages of emails, the inspector general upheld complaints from three of the five staff members. In each of those cases, it recommended that the Navy take action against Losey for violating whistleblower-protection laws, the documents show.
The Navy, however, dismissed the findings this month and decided not to discipline Losey, a preeminent figure in the military's special operations forces. Between 2008 and 2010, Losey was commander of Naval Special Warfare Development Group - the Virginia Beach-based unit known as SEAL Team 6 that has killed terrorist targets such as Osama bin Laden. Losey now leads the Naval Special Warfare Command and has served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Panama, Bosnia, Somalia and other conflict zones.
Senior Navy leaders reviewed the inspector general's investigations but "concluded that none of the allegations rose to the level of misconduct on Admiral Losey's part," Rear Adm. Dawn Cutler, the Navy's chief spokeswoman, said in a statement. She added that "no further action is contemplated."
Full article:  http://hamptonroads.com/2015/10/navy-poised-promote-powerful-admiral-who-illegally-punished-suspected-whistleblowers#_ga=1.49424805.240957389.1445524330

Food for thought:  The way I see this is more of the same.  Be it Admirals or Generals, senior military officers behave as if they are above the law, especially if there is no “governing” body to hold them accountable.  Why sign off on military directives if NO ONE (Congress or President Obama) is willing to hold these tyrants accountable?!!


Sunday, October 18, 2015

President Obama LIED to the American People... Meanwhile, Veterans who served during the "first" Afghan invasion and sustained injuries are not being fully compensated!!... More of the same BAD Politics!!!


Obama abandons plan to end America's longest war, will keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan

When President Barack Obama leaves office in 15 months, he'll hand his successor military conflicts in the two countries where he promised to end prolonged war: Afghanistan and Iraq.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-troops-in-afghanistan-20151015-story.html

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

An excerpt from my memoir, "Broken Silence, A Military Whistleblower's Fight for Justice"




Preface

In 1944, several years prior to President Truman issuing Executive Order 9981 to abolish racial discrimination in the U.S. Armed Forces, the Navy admitted the first female African-American Navy Reserve officers.  Lieutenant Junior Grade Harriet Ida Pickens and Ensign Frances Wills were commissioned as “Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service,” aka, “WAVES.” 
            Over 50 years later, in 1998, Admiral Lillian Fishburne was officially appointed to rear admiral by President Bill Clinton, becoming the Navy’s first African-American female flag officer.  Over a decade later, in 2010, Admiral Michelle Howard became the second African-American female to attain that rank.  She was also the first African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy warship, USS Rushmore.  In May 2011, Captain Annie B. Andrews was promoted to rear admiral, making her the third in line.
            Admiral Howard continued her stellar career of “firsts.”  In August 2012, she was promoted to vice admiral, and on July 1, 2014, she again made history with her promotion to four-star admiral and appointment to serve as vice chief of naval operations.  She is the first female and African-American to hold that post.  Through the years, these remarkable trailblazers have helped to pave the way for more African-American women to join the senior leadership ranks, serving side by side with our fellow service men.






                         PROLOGUE
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There are many Americans who righteously say that race relations in America have come a long way in the wake of the election of our country’s first elected African-American president, Barack Obama.  Alternatively, many may argue, “President Obama was elected far before his time.”  It’s been my observation that the Deep South of today continues to be a reflection of years past, stuck in a time warp of racist politics and insistent bigotry, its abundant minority community living in a racial stalemate.
            When I left my childhood home in Buford, Georgia over 20 years ago to join the Navy, I vowed that I would never again return to the South, but the Lord had other plans for me.  I was compelled to return home in early 2010, when my mother suffered a brain aneurysm and subsequent hemorrhagic stroke.
            My first visit to the intensive care unit (ICU) hospital room was surreal and emotionally painful.  When I walked into her room, the faint sound of my mother’s breathing was overpowered by the rhythm of my own elevated heartbeat.  As tears began to well in my eyes, I desperately wanted to hear her call me by my middle name, “Lynn” – although it was a name I’d detested hearing as a child.  Just to hear the sound of my mother’s voice would’ve brought comfort to my soul.
            Throughout my Navy career, I bore witness when the voices of others were drowned out. Had I helped them to be heard?  Was I, myself ever heard?  At that moment, alone with my mother, I began to reflect back on decisions I had made over the course of my life.  Each one acted as a catalyst for me to overcome the next series of obstacles I would face along the way. 
                As I sat by my mother’s bedside, I suddenly realized I was ready to break my silence and share tales of perseverance, triumph and tragedy that have truly challenged, tested and grounded my faith.  My mother, my grandmother and my father have always been the core of my strength and spiritual foundation.  Today, I’m able to appreciate the remarkable gifts of resilience, discernment, courage and wisdom they passed down to me.  In that moment with my mother, I knew I would have to speak up. 

I strongly believe in Abraham Lincoln’s philosophy,  “The way for a young man (or woman, of course) to rise is to improve himself every way he can,  never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.”       (Lincoln’s Letter to William H. Herndon, 10 July 1848,
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Abraham_Lincoln).

            I am blessed and sincerely proud to have had the opportunity, throughout my Navy career, to train and mentor junior Sailors and other military service members, and to have been mentored myself.  I forwarded the Navy’s mission to maintain a high retention and advancement rate of our Sailors, and I personally promoted equal employment opportunity by encouraging and promoting off-duty education and ensured effective on-the-job training; thereby improving professional and personal development of young Sailors.  It was a rewarding, humbling and an eye opening experience.
            In August 2006, when I was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander Supply Corps officer, I had planned to complete my final tour of duty in San Diego, California and then retire from the Navy, after serving 20 years of honorable active duty service.  Those plans quickly changed when I chose to take the moral high ground in an impossible situation – I made the difficult decision to report my bosses for committing fraud against the American taxpayers.  I would soon become a targeted military whistleblower and would later experience the most egregious violations of my constitutional and human rights.
            I blew the whistle on military corruption at the height of the U.S. Post 9/11 War on Terrorism.  The Navy’s top brass wanted to silence and discredit me in any way they could, and they found a way.   My singular experiences form a modern day Scarlet Letter chronicle – not romantic fiction, but a true story about my dogged fight for justice. 
            I was forced to trade in my Navy lieutenant commander golden oak leaf and stripes and, like Hester Prynne, to don the symbolic and shameful letter “A.”  To this day, I remain the only “single” female in the history of the U.S. military to be sent to the brig (prison) for Adultery. My commitment to my military career was as strong as any civilian marriage, and I was willing to experience decades of sexism, racism, betrayal and scandal, in the struggle to create a new life filled with dignity, joy and self-acceptance.  I risked it all to reveal the truth behind the iron curtains of the U.S. Navy, only to find myself banned from the military.  Yet I maintained my integrity throughout my career, court-martial trial, and incarceration – and I triumphed.
            It is my uncompromising belief that speaking truth to bring internal peace in one’s life is a moral win that cannot be measured in a court of law.  My decision to blow the whistle on my bosses brought me a measure of peace, but for years I continued to be haunted by the demons of my aggressors.  To break free once and for all from their mental captivity, I bring you “Broken Silence.” 
            My story expresses who I am, where I’ve been, and where I come from. I hope it will inspire other survivors of workplace abuse and encourage them to take a stand whenever faced with adversity.  I hope they find, as I have, that only the truth can set you free....



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Lt.jg Harriet Ida Pickens and Ens. Frances Wills,
first African-American Waves to be commissioned. 




(From left to right) Rear Adm. Annie B. Andrews,  Rear Adm. Lillian E. Fishburne (ret.)
and Admiral Michelle Howard.  They are the first three African American female admirals in the Navy.



Lt. Commander Sy'needa Penland, promotion ceremony 2006


Bid-rigging ringleader sentenced to 88 months



Federal Times.com reports -- A Great Falls, Virginia, businessman was sentenced a little more than seven years in prison for bribing officials at the Army Corps of Engineers for contracts.

Young N. Cho, also known as Alex Cho, received an 88-month sentence and must repay $7.6 million to the Corps for his role in the bid-rigging scheme, according to the Department of Justice. He also must pay a forfeiture judgment of another $6.9 million.

 The sentencing took place on Oct. 8, a day before the Justice Department announced it.

From 2007 to 2011, Cho, as chief technology officer for Nova Datacom, paid $17 million in bribes to former Army Corps program manager Kerry F. Khan and another $1 million to former program manager Michael A. Alexander to get government contracts, according to the Justice Department. He also conspired with officials to steer a contract worth nearly $1 billion to his company, according to Justice.

For three years, Nova Datacom submitted invoices to the government for equipment and services totaling $45 million, $18 million of which was either fraudulent or inflated, Cho admitted.

Cho also admitted to bribing Harold F. Babb, former director of contracts at Eyak Technology,with $700,000 to help process the cooked invoices.

In total, the bid-rigging scheme, which DOJ officials called “the largest in the history of federal contracting cases”, claimed more than $30 million in taxpayer money.

“Cho is just one of 20 crooked contractors, government officials and other middlemen who have pled guilty as part of this investigation,” said Vincent H. Cohen Jr., acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. "His prison sentence is proof that the temptation to cheat the system by paying off corrupt government employees is not worth it.”

Cho and 19 others, pleaded guilty to federal charges, which include bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery and money laundering and to defraud the United States. In addition, Khan was sentenced to 19 years and seven months, Alexander was sentenced to six years, and Babb seven years and three months.

“More than six years after initiating one of the largest procurement fraud cases in history, this sentence demonstrates that the FBI and our law enforcement partners have a long memory when it comes to holding accountable those who engage in bribes and kickbacks,” said Paul M. Abbate, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. “The FBI will continue to diligently work to protect the integrity of our government by pursuing those who seek to violate the system through corruption.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that it was able to recover the entire $30 million stolen through forfeiture, restitution and civil settlements.

http://www.federaltimes.com/story/government/acquisition/2015/10/09/bid-rigging-ringleader-sentenced-88-months/73666058/

Food for thought:  It's always good to see "Justice" prevail for American taxpayers!!  In 2006, while serving as a budget officer and contracting officer for the Navy, I began to unravel evidence of what I consider as one of the largest procurement fraud cases in Naval history; involving contract bid rigging and revolving door practices. As a certified IG investigator and command budget and contracting officer, it was my duty to investigate and report the fraudulent activity to higher authority. After being punished by my former bosses for being a military whistleblower, and having my whistleblower claims rejected by the DoD IG, I reported the evidence to the DoJ’s Anti-trust division. As a discredited military whistleblower, my June 2009 and later September 2013 Qui Tam petition(s) never came to fruition. Yet I pray my claims will one day be taken seriously, because when you protect fraud and greed you are causing the American taxpayers to suffer. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

"5-Star" Book review of my memoir "Broken Silence, A Military Whistleblower's Fight for Justice."




I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book authored by my dear friend Sy!  What she expressed in her memoir is nothing short of inspiration, courage, strength, and perseverance exhibited by a military Whistleblower who was targeted and experienced reprisal and retaliation.  Not only does this book depict a substantiated Whistleblower’s plight to expose corruption by senior-ranking officials in the Navy, it also shows the trials and tribulations of an African-American female who rose through the ranks to become a naval officer after beginning her career as an enlisted Sailor.  Sy experienced and witnessed discrimination and racism her entire career while serving in a male-dominated Navy, yet she stayed the course and served her country for almost 20 years.

This book is an absolute must-read! 

I was fortunate to be introduced to Sy by a mutual friend.  We soon discovered we had a commonality – we both were substantiated military Whistleblowers.  Through the years, our friendship has blossomed, and we have been able to connect in ways that non-Whistleblowers may truly never fathom. 

What I find astounding is the mere fact Sy was found guilty of adultery at a general court-martial, the highest court in the military that is reserved for serious felony charges.  Why are we not reading in the media about all the Navy personnel who are being convicted of adultery and sent to the brig?  Does this mean they are just merely adhering to the Navy’s Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment by not committing adultery?  I think not. 

Being that a majority of my background in the Navy was in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and predominantly in a prosecutorial capacity, I never witnessed adultery being charged and prosecuted at any type of court-martial.  Occasionally, an adultery charge would be dealt with through non-judicial punishment (commonly referred to as Captain’s Mast), an administrative and non-punitive proceeding to dispose of minor offenses.  The prosecutor in Sy’s case relied heavily on photographs to convict her for adultery, yet this begs the question of where’s the proof to convict using the standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.  Adultery, an offense that is never criminally prosecuted in the civilian sector but is left up to divorce courts, is difficult to prosecute at a court-martial.  The element of, “That the accused wrongfully had sexual intercourse with a certain person, is substantially hard to prove.  Proof of sexual intercourse requires some legally-admissible proof beyond a reasonable doubt, such as photographs, confessions, or eye-witness testimony.  Once again, where is the proof that legally proves Sy had sexual intercourse with a married man?  The prosecution in her case was quite frankly flawed.  Her case was not about prosecuting for adultery.  Sy was an outspoken Whistleblower who had the fortitude to speak out against the contractual fraud she had witnessed.  Sy needed to be silenced, and she needed to be punished for not going along with the good ‘ole boys and their corruption in the Navy. 

Sy served her country Honorably for almost 20 years, just a few months shy of her receiving a military retirement pension.  This case was about silencing a Whistleblower.  I would be willing to speculate that over half, which constitutes a majority of personnel on active duty in the Navy, have or currently are committing adultery.  We hear about cases in the media where high-ranking military officers are married and have strayed, yet they are allowed to retire, receive their military retirement pension, and are spared prosecution at a court-martial.  Why the double standard for Syneeda Penland?  This naval officer had evidence of contractual fraud that implicated high-ranking military officials.  Sy stood in the way of ensuring their future livelihoods and future high-paying careers as civilians would remain in-tact.  How could they possibly silence Syneeda as is done to other military Whistleblowers – by using the military justice system for its unintended purpose and by committing blatant retaliation. 

Although Sy was sentenced to the brig for adultery and this temporarily quietened her, she will never be silenced as evidenced by her continuous advocacy for veterans, her poetry work, and her recent publicized memoir.  I have a strong hunch we will continue to hear from Syneeda Penland, a remarkable woman and trailblazer who possesses a gift of inspiration and encouragement!

Steve Crowston, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Hillary Clinton wants expelled LGBT vets to get 'honorable' discharges



The Christian Science Monitor reports, 'The Democratic presidential candidate told a human rights group on Saturday records should be upgraded for those 'forced out of the military for being gay.'

Speaking at the annual gala of the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest gay rights protection group, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton offered the community what some are calling her strongest show of support yet.

Among other added protections, Mrs. Clinton on Saturday said she would amend military records for lesbian, gay, and transgender veterans who have been discriminated against and dishonorably discharged.

The upgraded records belong to as many as 14,000 men and women, she said, people “who were forced out of the military for being gay.”

“They were given less than honorable discharges,” said Clinton, according to The Washington Post. “I can't think of a better way to thank those men and women for their service than by upgrading their service records.”

Full article:  http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2015/1003/Hillary-Clinton-wants-expelled-LGBT-vets-to-get-honorable-discharges?cmpid=addthis_facebook

Food for thought:
I wonder if Hillary will fight as hard for Military Whistleblowers and victims of rape and military sexual assault who were wrongfully discharged and later denied VA benefits?!!  Like with Barack Obama, campaign promises are not always a guarantee!! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

US MILITARY “ACCIDENTALLY” BOMB DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS HOSPITAL -- Thirty people are unaccounted for

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/world/asia/afghanistan-bombing-hospital-doctors-without-borders-kunduz.html


Airstrikes killed nine staff workers of medical aid group Doctors Without Borders in the Afghan city of Kunduz, the charity said. U.S. forces said they conducted airstrikes in the area.
At least 37 people were injured in the aerial bombings early Saturday, including 24 of the medical aid organization’s staff, said the group known internationally as Medecins Sans Frontieres.
Thirty people are unaccounted for, MSF said, and it expects the number of people killed or injured to go up.
Read more:  http://www.infowars.com/us-military-accidentally-bomb-doctors-without-borders-hospital/

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Dirty Truth About Oil

President Obama nominates Rear Admiral Raquel C. Bono for Top Navy Post.


President Obama has nominated Navy Rear Admiral Raquel C. Bono, the granddaughter of a Filipino veteran of World War II, for promotion to the rank of vice admiral in the United States Navy and for the position of Defense Health Agency (DHA) director, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday, September 17, reports Inquirer.net. If her nomination is approved, Bono will become the highest ranking Filipino American naval officer in the US.

Bravo Zulu ma'am for a "Job Well Done!!"   

Friday, October 2, 2015

An excerpt from my memoir, "Broken Silence, A Military Whistleblower's Fight for Justice" which reveals how the proverbial glass ceiling still exists in the Navy.



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Travail, Triumph
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The Nimitz was one of the Navy’s largest warships, and as a disbursing officer of this immense aircraft carrier, I had a great deal of financial responsibility.  The ship’s disbursing office, S-4 division, was responsible for managing the crew’s pay, allotments and other fiscal related services. In contrast with my previous nightmare assignment on the Hayler, this time around I was assigned to work with one of the most proficient services’ divisions onboard the entire ship.  My assistant was Senior Chief Petty Officer, Disbursing Clerk Nicholas Rodriquez.  Boy was he sharp!  He was talented, well-seasoned and a highly respected professional; and he helped to make certain my transition back to sea was a seamless one.
            Shortly after my arrival, I quickly proved I could successfully manage the disbursing operation.  I was soon reassigned to manage one of the most challenging services operations onboard the carrier, S-5 division, the wardroom.  I was in charge of renovating all of the officers’ staterooms (sleeping quarters) and several wardroom dining facilities.  The wardroom and staterooms renovation was part of a much larger project.  The carrier was undergoing a four-year major overhaul and refueling of its nuclear reactor plant.  It had been docked in the New Port News shipyard for over two years, and the shipyard was fulfilling a four-year maintenance contract to provide extensive maintenance, repair and refurbishment to the entire ship.  The wardroom renovation was at the top of the executive officer’s priority list, which put me under the gun and under a microscope.
            My new assistant, a senior chief petty officer mess management (culinary) specialist, was no help at all.  He had less than one-year to go before retirement, and he was clearly on his own “ROAD” (retired on active duty) program.  I began to wonder if I’d inadvertently set myself up for a fall in my push to prove that I was a qualified Supply Corps officer.
            The assistant supply officer (ASUPPO), a senior Navy commander, seemed determined to prove that I wasn’t competent to handle my new role.  I thought his animosity was odd.  It was also odd that he would call me by my maiden name, “Penland,” whenever he saw me, although my married name was clearly etched onto my name tag.  I soon found out that the ASUPPO and the racist former commander from SURFLANT were golfing buddies, and they were swapping sea stories about me.  The Supply Corps community is small and tightly knit and, as in any industry or organization, name and reputation mean everything. When the ASUPPO referred to me by my maiden name, it was clear that he was trying to get back at me on behalf of his racist SURFLANT buddy.
            When the executive officer ordered all departments to “stand up” their offices on board the ship, all hell broke loose.  During the ship’s overhaul, most of the crew had grown accustomed to working on a temporary barge facility (or trailer) instead of in the ship’s unsafe working conditions.  Not a single stateroom was move-in ready.
            One crucial part of my job was assigning staterooms to the officers.  To that end, the services officer (my immediate supervisor) provided me with a copy of the officers’ personnel roster, ranked by seniority, and told me “guard it with your life.”
     As in the real estate market, certain staterooms are considered to be prime real estate and the lineal list showing the officers’ seniority would (in the best of all possible worlds) determine their stateroom assignments. 
            The assignment of department head staterooms caused a major sexual harassment dispute onboard the ship and I was smack in the middle of it.  A particular stateroom was officially designated for the only female department head, the senior dental officer. Her stateroom was next to the senior medical officer’s (SMO) stateroom, which shared an adjoining “head” (bathroom).  The argument against assigning her that stateroom was, “a male and female officer should not be allowed to work and sleep so close to one another,” which was a ridiculous statement, considering that the ship was a completely co-ed working and living environment.  In addition, the senior medical officer (SMO) never stood duty; therefore, he never slept aboard the carrier.
            The “Air Boss,” a more junior male officer, jumped at the opportunity to be assigned to the dental officer’s designated stateroom, and my boss, the senior supply officer (SUPPO), authorized the deal.  When the commander (dental officer) stopped by my office to look at the archived stateroom assignments, I’d been expecting her.  She told me, “If push comes to shove they will force me to address their chauvinistic behavior up the chain of command.” Unfortunately her male colleague’s scheme prevailed and the Air Boss got the coveted stateroom, yet I admired the commander’s courage for not backing down.  She put up a damn good fight!
            A few months later, she transferred off the ship and was assigned as the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Norfolk Navy base dental clinic. When we crossed paths in the clinic lobby a year later, we resisted the impulse to hug one another and settled for a warm handshake instead. She told her staff, “I want you to place this nice young lady at the top of your priority list,” and I received preferential dental treatment for the next couple of years.  I’ve always wondered what kind of dental treatment her former male colleagues received.
            In general, it seemed that the females who worked in the supply department services divisions were assigned more challenging positions than our male counterparts.  The senior female services officer was exceedingly knowledgeable, experienced and “played the game,” which made her intimidating to her male colleagues.  Nevertheless, she didn’t provide the junior female Supply Corps officers with the moral support that we expected and rightfully deserved.  Instead, she gave preferential treatment to the two junior male officers who worked in other services divisions, particularly the sales officer.  The other junior officer was assigned to the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) division, charged with managing recreational and leisure support services for the crew and their families.
            The sales officer, in turn, would constantly shower the SUPPO and upper management with all sorts of freebies he’d received from the retail prime vendors.  He put on a charade as if he had the “hook up,” although the “freebies” were meant for the enlisted crew.  I was always repulsed by his self-serving attitude.
            The sales officer was the most junior of all the Supply Corps officers onboard the ship, yet he was afforded better promotion opportunities.  His division was always overstaffed, and he received the highest fitness report (fitrep) evaluation during the junior officers’ fitrep ranking board.  I, on the other hand, was assigned to manage the most challenging of all the services’ divisions; renovation of over 150 wardroom spaces.  I was constantly micro-managed by the executive officer and supply officer, and I was staffed with one-third the number of personnel required to accomplish my job.  So why was I complaining???!

In early 1999, the Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) steel workers went on strike, which pushed back the Nimitz’s refueling and overhaul completion date.  There was still major work to be done before the Nimitz changed its homeport to Coronado Naval Air Station in San Diego, California.  The strike caused nearly everyone onboard the ship to panic, putting Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) in an advantageous position.  While under extreme pressure to meet the increased wage demands of its steel workers, NNS management was trying to secure continuous shipbuilding contracts with the Pentagon.  Meanwhile, NNS was under intense scrutiny to turn the Nimitz back over to the ship’s crew without major discrepancies.  After weeks of intense negotiations, top NNS management and Nimitz senior staff finally agreed to a provisional maintenance contract.  In the end, the Pentagon decided to finish the incomplete maintenance work pier side, after the ship changed homeport to San Diego.
            Almost overnight my workload doubled, and the weeks seemed to have gotten shorter. Not only did I have to set up staterooms for the crew, I now had to set up staterooms for “riders,” top executives in the defense industry, who wanted to witness and experience the first “turn of the screw” (the first crank of the engine/diagnostic tests after a major overhaul) during the ship’s sea trials.  Luckily, the riders’ staterooms were renovated with only the bare necessities while the ship’s company (officers assigned to the ship) staterooms received all the amenities.
            At this time, the XO also directed my division to manage our operations from onboard the ship.  We were one of few divisions to relocate, and the ship felt like a ghost town – an especially filthy and neglected ghost town.  Once a week I had to make a renovation status report for the SUPPO and the micromanaging XO.  The XO also made daily rounds of the ship.  He would then send digital memos to the SUPPO, who would forward them to me.
            Over the years, shipyard workers had turned the desolate workspaces into disgusting latrines, and the XO went around and recorded the compartment number of each stateroom that had become infected with human feces.  In the SUPPO’s email, the subject line read: “CLEAN THIS UP!!”  It was as if I were deliberately being set up to fail.  I’d been busting my ass for the past year, and this was my “Thank You!”  I was in charge of a division that was literally responsible for cleaning up “shit!”

            In the midst of these issues, I was desperately trying to obtain my Navy Aviation Supply Officers (NASO) Warfare qualification before my official transfer date off the ship, but the ASUPPO consistently denied my requests to pursue the qualification.  Failing to obtain a warfare qualification could hinder an officer’s chances for a particular job or promotion to the next highest grade, or could ultimately bring an officer’s career to an end.  The ASUPPO would tell me, “Before you can pursue your NASO, you need to gain more leadership experience.”  But how was I to gain leadership experience by supervising Sailors on how to clean up crap?  I knew this was just another dis-qualifying test, straight out of some secret military fraternity rulebook about how to weed out female and minority officers…..