RIP Philo

crazy astronaut has a new job

Robertson said Nowak will start her duties as curriculum development worker for the Chief of Naval Air Training no later than the end of April. He said he did not know whether Nowak would live in Corpus Christi or Houston. He said that decision would be up to her.
Permalink dept of follow-up 
March 29th, 2007 9:15am
Seems kinda dumb to start before the trial. Will they give her leave if she has to serve some jail time?
Permalink JoC 
March 29th, 2007 10:43am
Well, you see, she was "on assignment" from the military to Nasa.  Thus Nasa couldn't 'fire' her, because she didn't 'work' for them, she was 'working' for the military.

Now the military has found her a new position to work in.  This doesn't let her off the hook for her behavior -- but you can't 'fire' somebody from the military if they don't have someplace they're 'working'.

And even then, I think you need some period of time of poor performance in that position before you can be 'fired'.  She could resign her commision at any time, of course.

And even THEN, I think the military would like to counsel her and turn here into a productive member of society again.  I mean, she didn't really go through with the kidnapping, right?  So this is more of a psychological problem than a criminal one.  I'm hoping, anyway.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 29th, 2007 3:13pm
Note, if she's a "Navy Captain", this makes her grade O-6.  In the Navy, they have O6's in command of Aircraft Carriers.  So a Navy Captain (aka Army Colonel) tends to be given very responsible positions.

Note SHE'S not being put in charge of any ship, though.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 29th, 2007 3:17pm
>> In the Navy, they have O6's in command of Aircraft Carriers. <<

Not usually -- they mostly junior Admirals (one-star general).  Captains command destroyers, cruisers, etc.

And yes, this is a "make-work" job for her.  Even if she wasn't being charged with driving across several states wearing a diaper to accost a rival, this would be a career-ending assignment for her.  Curriculum Developers do not go on to become Admirals.
Permalink xampl 
March 29th, 2007 3:21pm
Well, yes, an Aircraft Carrier does tend to be in the middle of a Carrier Battle Group, so the Captain does tend to have an Admiral over him, and the Admiral uses the Carrier as his flagship.

Maybe things have changed since the 1980's when I was last on board a Carrier.

And yes, the military has enough up-and-coming Captains who haven't stepped on their own feet (so to speak) that she has a very low likelihood for promotion.  But retiring after 20 years as an O6 is not a bad situation to be in.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 29th, 2007 3:36pm
So will she be tried in a military court instead of a civilian one?
Permalink JoC 
March 29th, 2007 4:36pm
I think the military will hang her out to dry on this one, and it'll be a civilian court.  If she gets convicted, she'll get kicked out for conduct unbecoming an officer.
Permalink xampl 
March 29th, 2007 4:43pm
That makes sense, good call.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 29th, 2007 5:33pm
Hang her out to dry? 

She DID try to execute a premeditated murder.  The Navy has no obligation to protect her from the consequences of her actions.
Permalink Lurk Machine 
March 30th, 2007 11:14am

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