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Former Blue Angels CO Reprimanded for ‘Pervasive Sexual Harassment’

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Capt. Greg McWherter at Scott Air Force Base Sept. 9 2010. US Air Force Photo

Capt. Greg McWherter at Scott Air Force Base Sept. 9, 2010. US Air Force Photo

The Navy has found the former two-time commanding officer of the service’s Blue Angels demonstration team guilty of two counts under military law after allegations surfaced he created a command climate that allowed pornography to be placed in the cockpits of the team’s jets, allowed male genitalia to be painted on the roof of a training trailer and allowed hazing, the service announced on Tuesday.

Capt. Gregory McWherter — who led team during his second tour from May 2011 to November 2012 — was found guilty of “failure to obey an order or regulation” and “conduct unbecoming of an officer,” during an admiral’s mast hearing in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Monday.

An investigation — which began in late March following a complaint from a service member — found that McWherter, “allowed his officers and senior enlisted personnel to engage in inappropriate and sexually harassing behavior that significantly contributed to an unprofessional command climate during his second command tour,” according to a statement from the Navy.

The behavior led to a toxic and hostile command climate in the elite demonstration unit , according to the service.

“Examples include proliferation of explicit pornography and sexually suggestive images in the cockpits and in the… intra-squadron electronic communications tool, the painting of male genitalia on the roof of the center point trailer at the Blue Angels’ winter training facilities in El Centro, California,” according to a summary of investigation released by the Navy.

The investigation also found hazing was allowed of enlisted members of the team.

He received a punitive letter of reprimand by the panel, which will likely end his career in the Navy.

McWherter — who originally led the team from 2008 to 2010 — was brought back to command following the sudden 2011 resignation of Cmdr. David Koss, who left the team following a safety violation at an airshow in Lynchburg, Va.

In his second tour, “he subsequently became susceptible to hubris and arrogance, blinding him to the common sense judgments expected of all service members, but especially those entrusted with command,” read U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Harry Harris in his May 16 endorsement of the investigation.

Since he left the team, the Navy says command climate has improved.

“The inappropriate behaviors and criminal conduct documented in this report reflect poorly on the Navy in general and Naval Aviation in particular. This report is not an indictment of the current Blue Angels or of the Blue Angels as a whole,” Harris wrote.
“I am confident the Blue Angels have corrected their deficiencies and will serve our Nation in a manner consistent with the highest standards of the Naval service.”

McWherter was relieved of his duties as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado, Calif. on April 18, pending the results of the investigation.

He is a graduate of The Citadel and an experienced F/A-18 Hornet pilot. He led Strike Fighter Squadron 192 “World Famous Golden Dragons” (VFA-192) on three deployments on USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), according to a report in the San Diego Union Tribune.

 

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  • Tangair

    Imagine that! A fighter pilot being accused of both hubris and arrogance! What has this world come-to?

  • StanSki

    Jeeze, lighten up Francis. This wouldn’t be a problem if the women stayed home where they belong.

    • ChasInNJ

      Ever heard of the Tailhook scandal?

      • Max Bin

        ever here of the days when men were men and not women?

      • USSLacyUnderalls

        In other news the supreme court today ruled that all wars will stop for 3 to 7 days a month to accommodate menstrual cycles. The designated days of the recess will be determined by The Joint Chiefs Without Staffs Select Committee on Gender Insanity. Any combatant refusing to stand down during the newly dubbed “menstrual recess” will be harshly spoken to and given “time outs” to the maximum extent allowed by the rules of the Geneva Convention. A letter of admonishment will also be sent home to their mother so they better watch out or they are really gonna get it when they get home!.
        Life in Chas’ world….isn’t grand! Chas also supports castrating all males at birth to give ladies like him an equal playing field. It’s obvious that testosterone is banned under the equal rights amendment. However, we know that ChasinNJ isn’t Chas Bono. Chas Bono understands the merit of having testicles and would no doubt find ChasinNJ to be quite a hypocritical puss.

        • plainsman844

          In other news, this article has obviously been a magnet for sad MRAs seeking out their sociopathic kinsmen.

  • Max Bin

    I see no problem

    • ChasInNJ

      Those who see no problem are those who endorse rape, sexual harassment and like-minded attitudes.

      • Max Bin

        lol typical lesbian man hater reply :)

        • Max Bin

          wow over 1100 comments you don’t get out much

          • Julieann Wozniak

            Actually, I’m an old lady and was raised in a good Catholic home. I grew up in coal culture, where such cheezy behavior was regarded as no class and trailer trash. As opposed to “lesbian man hater,” I submit that such men are unsure of their own masculinity and self-hating. If you have daughters, how are you raising them? Would you want them treating with such an utter lack of respect? Rape culture might me acceptable among our third-world allies; it is unacceptable here.

          • Max Bin

            lol :) you need to get out more and you might find your thoughts about others is pretty bad because you grew up without a sense of humor and still have not found one :)

    • William_C_Diaz

      That is because you are both ignorant and nekulturny.

      Have a great day!

      • Max Bin

        and from the 6500 posts Diaz puts up probably he has never even talked to a woman lol. Its going to be a great day too :)

      • USSLacyUnderalls

        “nekulturny”! Could the name “William C. Diaz” really be a clever pseudonym for Nikita Boris Diazgorbachevputin?
        How desperate for attention is this guy! And so uncultured!

  • Snake

    I am glad I retired at the start of the pussification of the Navy . The military is now controlled by officers who are more worried about political correctness than they are training people who can actually fight and win wars!

    • ChiChiChiba

      Go out in 1990. I pity the new breed. Can you imagine serving under Reagan then having to serve under Obama? Wow,

    • rocky63

      The military has become a Petri dish for experiments by left-wingers who think “equality of outcome” is superior to “equality of opportunity” and who judge people using political correctness as their guide.

  • ChiChiChiba

    This CO was chosen not once but twice to command? Obviously they had ehouvh of him the first time. Smear Job.

  • mwood13

    stop trying to change the military from what has always worked, winning wars