I used to live in the Diocese of Texas when it was led by Bishop Benitez. Great irony in his acts of disobedience in Ohio. As bishop of Texas (Austin, Houston and East Texas), he did not tolerate major challenges to his authority. I think that he had been a chaplain at one time in the U.S. Armed Forces, but he was quite strict about his own sense of authority and upholding it.
Don said he thought Maurice “Ben” Benitez was a US Air Force chaplain. Ben was in the air force, but not as a chaplain, but as a jet pilot.