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Navy Board Recommends Discharging Former Astronaut Lisa Nowak after Bizarre Incident

A Naval board recommends discharging former astronaut Lisa Nowak after a bizarre 2007 incident where she confronted a rival lover at the Orlando International Airport.  Remember her? She was the nutjob who drove from Houston to Orlando, nonstop, to confront Colleen Shipman who had begun dating Lisa Nowak’s love interest, spaceshuttle pilot Bill Oefelein. She was wearing a wig and a trenchcoat and attacked shipman with pepperspray.

However, she’s not going to be dishonorably discharged – she’s going to be discharged “other than honorable” which means she will get a pension as a commander rather than a captain. She won’t however, be able to receive benefits under the GI bill.

Nowak was sentenced to one year probation after pleading guilty to third-degree felony burglary and misdemeanor battery.

Should she have received harsher treatment, or was this understandable.  What do you think would have happened if Lisa Nowak would have been a man who did the same thing.

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