TIMELINE OF EVENTS:
Here’s the printed info from the Alumni & Foundation Association meeting at the Academy yesterday…
Sun. Aug. 14: e-mail from Ray LaHood: “Admiral Greene, Congrats on a great opening day ceremony. You have much to be proud of even in the short time at the helm. We are grateful for your service and willingness to continue to serve and rebulid the MMA. Best, Ray LaHood.”
Fri., Sept. 2: Parents Weekend with attendance by Orlando Gotay, Deputy Maritime Administrator. Admiral Greene learns that Gotay is hosting an evening get-together with a number of Midshipmen at the house of Commander Mund. He learns that these get togethers have been going on for a couple of years.
Tues., Sept. 6: Admiral Greene advises John Porcari, Deputy Secretary of Transportation of Gotay’s fraternizing with Midshipmen on his visits to the Academy. Porcari expresses outrage and comments that “this is actionable”.
Thurs., Sept. 8: A conference call is held between the Foundation (Hill and Dombrowski), Admiral Greene and MARAD/DOT (Matsuda and several lawyers from MARAD and DOT) on the Strategic Plan. Agreement on all outstanding issues is reached, with DOT lawyers pushing Masuda to acceptance. A DOT lawyer volunteers to re-draft the documents to reflect the agreement.
Mon. Sept. 12, 4:57 PM: Wondering why the documents have not been quickly turned around, Admiral Greene sends the following e-mail to Judy Kaleta, the DOT lawyer: “Judy, I appreciate your effort to move things forward. Are we close to a documenbt to review? Thanks for your engagement on this project”.
Mon. Sept. 12, 7:22 PM: Judy Kaleta responded with the following: " Hi Phil, we’re close. Inches from the goal line. I shared with the Administrator first. He asked me to make a change and I have to do that tonight. I’m on a plane now but should be able to get to it when I land. I know everyday is important. I will do my best to keep you posted. Judy".
Mon. Sept. 12, 8:56 PM: Admiral Greene responded with the following: “Judy, many thanks for your kind reply. This has been a journey of its own. Travel safe. Phil”
Tues. Sept. 13, 4:17 PM: When no documents were received during working hours on Tues., Admiral Greene sent the following e-mail to Matsuda (with a cc to Judy Kaleta) : Dave, hope your trip is going well. Do you have a revised document for review? If available, would appreciate your sending along. Thanks! Phil.
Tues. Sept. 13, 4:28 PM: Matsuda immediately sent the following reply: Phil - I thought I forwarded you something yesterday, but will double check. I am good with it. Judy-can you send the final to Phil?"
Wed., Sept. 14: Nothing happens.
Thurs, Sept. 15, 8:07 AM: Admiral Greene sends the following e-mail to Matsuda: “Dave, know you have been on travel, but was hoping to see the turn-around of the document to Charlie Hill and Ray Dombrowski occur soonest. Last week all concerned expressed a sense of urgency to keep this moving so just trying to keep this on the front burner. Thanks”
Thurs, Sept. 15, 8:10 AM: Masuda repokes immediately with: "Agreed. We shoud be able to get back today.:
Thurs., Sept. 15, late afternoon: Admiral Greene is told he is to attend a meeting at 4:30 PM the following day at Ray LaHood’s office to discuss the Strategic Plan. We speculate that he is gathering everyone together to ensure a willingness to work toward the common objective.
Fri., Sept. 16: Admiral Greene is advised that Orlando Gotay has tendered his resignation, effective immediately. LaHood states that it had been decided at a meeting the previous day to reject the Strategic Plan gift from the Foundation. Admiral Greene asks for a one on one with LaHood which is granted. Admiral Greene discovers that Lahood has been misinformed (told that the Foundation gift was an “outsourcing” of the SP). LaHood agrees to reconsider the decision and get back to him on Monday.
Lahood goes on to criticize Matsuda, saying that Matsuda never should have put Gotay in charge of overseeing the Academy and, if Matsuda didn’t get his act together quickly, he (Lahood) would assume oversight himself. Admiral Greene expresses his own frustration with MARAD and states he would welcome the change.
LaHood praises the job Admiral Greene is doing and asks him to please not walk away—LaHood needs him and will get things straightened out.
Mon./Tues. Sept. 19/20: Nothing is heard from LaHood.
Mon., Sept. 19: An anonymous hate letter is sent to MARAD, DOT, MJ, Newsday, et al accusing Admiral Greene, certain staff members and Admiral Greene’s wife of improprieties.
Thurs., Sept. 22: As if on cue, Matsuda and five staffers descend on the Academy to look into the charges.
Fri., Sept 23: Admiral Greene goes to DC for the Silver Star presentation and is told by Porcari that he needs to take the same decisive action on the anonymous letter that Porcari took with Gotay.
Mon./Tues./Wed., Sept. 26,27,28: MARAD staffers continue investigations.
Fri., Sept 30: Jerry Rehm is told by Denise Krepp that the decision on the Strategic Plan is on hold.
Mon., Oct. 2: Admiral Greene learns that the Strategic Plan assignment had been awarded to Price Waterhouse the previous Friday (the same day Krepp was telling Jerry Rehm that it was on hold). He is informed that Porcari and Matsuda would be visiting him at the Academy the following day, Tuesday.
Tues., Oct. 3: Porcari and Matsuda visit with Admiral Greene and present him with an insulting and inflammatory letter of termination. Admiral Greene asks to meet with LaHood and a meeting in DC is arranged for 7:30 AM the following day.
Wed., Oct. 4: The meeting is held in Porcari’s office. LaHood enters and is barely civil, briefly stating tha a change is needed. Admiral Greene states his case that this move is a mistake for many reasons. LaHood states that they feel they are making the right decision and leaves the office after stating that if Admiral Greene agrees to resign they could offer a package he might like. Porcari explains the package (a 12 month assignment to the National Defense University as the Transportation Chair) and advises Admiral Greene that the inflammatory letter of dismissal would be withdrawn if he accepts.