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Monday, April 6, 2020

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Capt. Brett E. Crozier, the former commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, appealed to his superiors for help regarding his crew contracting the coronavirus (“Fired USS Roosevelt captain reportedly tests positive for coronavirus,” Web, April 5). His letter was made public at some point, and for it he was relieved of command. He now has the virus and is in quarantine. It is unclear when he was diagnosed.

Capt. Crozier’s firing is overkill. At the very worst his superiors should have given him a severe scolding behind closed doors for going outside of official channels. If it were my call, Capt. Crozier would be reinstated as the commanding officer of the ship. If he isn’t reinstated, his naval career is over.


CMDR. WAYNE L. JOHNSON

Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy (retired)

Alexandria, Va.


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