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Cruiser skipper’s reign of terror

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    Staff report
    Posted : Sunday Mar 7, 2010 10:09:17 EST

    A years-long pattern of abuse, rage and erratic behavior was what led to the relief in January of the commander of the cruiser Cowpens, whose reign of terror began in 2002 when she became the first woman to command an Aegis destroyer, the Winston S. Churchill.

    Capt. Holly Graf belittled her officers, refused to speak to them, and even shoved and threatened to strike them, according to a report by Naval Surface Forces’ Inspector General. A former subordinate recalled her reducing junior officers to tears.

    Read the full story about Graf’s rise and fall — including details about her career you can’t find anywhere else — in Navy Times on newsstands Monday and online for subscribers of

    The new CO:
    Captain Rob Marin was born in Los Angeles, California. He started his Naval career in June 1983 as a Constructionman Recruit. After being selected for an ROTC Scholarship, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1987 and was commissioned as an Ensign.

    His sea duty assignments include tours of duty in USS JOSEPH STRAUSS (DDG-16) as the First Lieutenant, USS JOHN YOUNG (DD-973) as the Combat Information Center Officer, USS CROMMELIN (FFG-37) as the Combat Systems Officer, Commander Destroyer Squadron ONE as the Combat Systems Officer, Executive Officer, USS VANDEGRIFT (FFG-48) and Commanding Officer, USS GARY (FFG-51).

    His shore assignments include Flag Lieutenant for Commander, Naval Surface Reserve Force; Appropriations Congressional Liaison in Washington DC; student at the Naval Postgraduate School and the Naval War College.

    In November 2006 Captain Marin returned to Washington to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare Directorate (OPNAV N86) and assumed duties as the Financial Branch Head.

    Captain Marin became the 11th Commanding Officer of USS COWPENS on 13 January 2010.

    Captain Marin has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with 1 gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 3 gold stars, and Navy Achievement Medal with 1 gold star.
    Last edited by Dogwatch; 7 March 2010, 22:09.

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