Author Archives: Jacqueline Klimas

Marine major, former instructor accused of raping mid

Marine Maj. Mark Thompson was accused of raping one female midshipman and having a consensual relationship with another while still serving as a history instructor at the Naval Academy. He was found guilty of one count of indecent acts, two counts of conduct unbecoming an officer and two counts of fraternization. He was found not […]

Sexual assault case against three Navy players to proceed

Three Naval Academy football players accused of sexually assaulting a female mid who drank until she blacked out will face an Article 32 hearing at the Washington Navy Yard. Read the story on Also ran in the USA Today Sports Section, page C2 on June 18, 2013.

Sailors sound off about sloppy NWU wear

Crushed and crooked eight-point covers. Poorly bloused pants carelessly shoved into the boots. Shirts so small, the buttons are straining to the breaking point. These are just a few examples of improper wear of the Navy working uniform — and sailors tell Navy Times they are fed up with their sloppy shipmates. Though the new […]

Take time off from the Navy — and keep your benefits

The Career Intermission Pilot Program, an underused program that gives sailors the chance to take up to three years off from the Navy to pursue education or raise a family, was renewed through fiscal 2015. I spoke with three people who participated in the program to find out what sailors can gain by pausing their […]

Four women break riverine course’s gender barrier

Four women, who were the first to graduate from the Riverine Combat Skills Course on Oct. 26 at Camp Lejeune, N.C., said they took the course so they could serve in a riverine billet if combat roles are ever opened to women. Read the story online here. It also ran in the Nov. 12, 2012, […]

SEAL shares survival lessons in new book

What should you do if you’re trapped in an elevator? Caught in a riot? Confronted by a polar bear? Cade Courtley, a former SEAL, has a plan for these emergencies and many others. He shares them in a new book with instructions on living through almost anything. Read the full story, which also ran in […]

Mold complaint in barracks ignored for months

Moldy mattresses, ceiling tiles caked in black fuzz and air vents covered in gray, velvety scum — these were complaints coming from sailors who for months lived in poor living conditions at Lakeside Support Barracks in Pascagoula, Miss. When their complaints went unanswered by officials, the sailors turned to Navy Times. Read the full story, […]