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Steve Crowston’s Navy Commander Dubbed Him ‘Fagmeister’ + ‘Romo’s Bitch.’ Now Who’s The Bitch?

Ensign Steve Crowston, a junior Navy officer, didn’t appreciate being nicknamed “gay boy” and “fagmeister” by comrades and senior officers, so he filed a harassment complaint last February — and saw his case dismissed in May. Bullshit, thought Crowston, who filed an appeal two months later, and added to his complaint that he was since subject to retaliation over his initial complaint. Things just came down in his favor. Finally.

An investigation by the Navy’s Inspector General found Crowston was subjected to unfair retaliation at the hands of Cmdr. Liam Bruen, who filed a performance review of Crowston noting it was “the worst performance appraisal” he’d ever given in his 16 years. But what do you expect after Crowston calls you and other officers out for the harassment you handed out in 2009, like giving him the call sign “Romo’s Bitch” (a nod to Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo), which was chosen over “Cowboy,” “Gay Boy,” “Fagmeister,” “Cowgirl,” “TO,” “Terrell Owens” and “Redskins.”

Based on the Inspector General’s findings, the case is now handed off to Bruen’s commander, who will ultimately decide what, if any, punishment is deserved. But as one Navy veteran tells it, Bruen’s future is all but sealed.

Former Judge Advocate General Jeff Addicott says Bruen’s commander will have little choice but to take strong action. “If you get a letter from the inspector general that rules against you, it’s all over. Your superior has no choice even if you’re his best buddy in the world because if you don’t take action then they’ll open up an inquiry on you and why you didn’t take action,” said Addicott, currently director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas.

Addicott says even in a best-case scenario, Bruen’s military career is almost certainly over, even if he doesn’t face formal criminal charges. “Non-judicial punishment may be offered to him. If Cmdr. Bruen turns this process down he will face a courts-martial,” Addicott said. “If he accepts the non-judicial punishment he cannot be reduced in rank but can be fined and a formal letter of reprimand issued … when you accept one of those, it goes on your record. He’ll never get promoted and they’ll force him to retire.”

Nice not knowing ya.

On:           Feb 12, 2011
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    • adman

      Maybe we can get our investment in this fucking boychild back as American taxpayers? Who the hell lets such an unprofessional piece of trash lead our armed forces anyway? What is there, a pathology test they use to pick out the toxic and unproductive? They probably just go to the baptist church and count heads, then compare them to the date rape records in the county. Bingo! We have our next five star general, he fucked a puppy for laughs in junior high and repented publicly to Jeebus. His mommy even shed a tear. It was good times, and Glenn Beck gave him a blue ribbon. God bless America.

      Feb 12, 2011 at 2:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ophu

      Good job.

      Feb 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gigi

      Great outcome!

      Feb 12, 2011 at 3:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hephaestion

      Thank you Jesus. Finally a LITTLE justice.

      May we see much more justice now.

      Feb 12, 2011 at 6:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • scott ny'er

      this is awesome. Can this Bruen dude appeal tho?

      Feb 12, 2011 at 8:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • [email protected]

      Despite this individual victory after having to fight hard for it, because the Pentagon is refusing to include gays post actual repeal in the Military Equal Opportunity Program protections given blacks, women, et al., it’s going to be a different kind of open hunting season on gays than discharge.

      Some redneck won’t bunk with/serve in the same unit with a fag? OK. A hillbilly chaplain wants to preach that God hates homosexuals? Fine. Another bigot like Cmdr. Bruen wants to punish a gay guy in his command with a bad review, deny a lesbian a promotion? So be it in President Gates Land.


      Feb 12, 2011 at 10:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeffree

      @Michael(@)LeonardMatlovich.com: Would you ++please++ restate your comment in terms that civilians can understand?

      What does “gays post actual repeal” mean? What is the “Military Equal Opportunity Program”? What do you mean by “open hunting season on gays than discharge” and “given blacks, women, et al.”?

      I always appreciate your comments, but this one soared way over my head. Thank you!

      Feb 13, 2011 at 12:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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