"Flying is fantastic and always makes me happy," Honors told the paper. "My greatest satisfaction, however, comes from rewarding and recognizing the people in my command. These young kids are true American heroes."
It is perhaps that dedication to the men and women who serve under him that led Owens to try to reach out to them in the videos that have now generated so much controversy.
"His intent was to compete with the MTV 2's and the X-Games generation. As the executive officer of the carrier, he is charged with getting his message through to 18- and 19-year-old sailors. So I think his idea was that he would take this prosaic message -- don't take long showers, don't waste water on the ship, don't drink and drive, don't underage drink if we're on liberty, comport yourself as an American ambassador -- all of those messages that the sailors have heard a number of times. He thought OK, I will deliver the same message with a velocity and an energy that will resonate with a younger audience," Carroll said.
ABC News' Martha Raddatz, Richard Coolidge and Nick Tucker contributed to this report.