The following is a 12-minute excerpt of one of many WEEKLY videos produced by executive officer Owen Honors on government video-production equipment, on government time, and shown to a largely captive audience of 6,000 sailors and Marines on the U.S.S. Enterprise during 2006-2007 deployment for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Female and gay servicemembers are required to live, work, share quarters, and take orders from the creator of this video and those who aided in its production and broadcast.
- To what extent does this video facilitate respect, discipline, and unit cohesion in the ranks?
- To what extent does this video, produced via the ship’s public-affairs office, foster respect for human dignity?
- Does the video serve to degrade or defame some servicemembers?
- Does this officially produced and funded video uphold the honor and professionalism of the armed services?
NBC News reports on the controversy.