SAN DIEGO (KDKA/AP) – A former Blue Angels commander tolerated inappropriate sexual comments and pornographic images in the workplace – including photos of naked women in the cockpits of the precision flying team’s planes, the Navy said Tuesday.
Capt. Gregory McWherter was found guilty of violating two articles under the military’s code of justice during nonjudicial proceedings convened Monday in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The articles were failure to obey an order or regulation and conduct unbecoming of an officer by fostering a hostile command climate and failing to stop “obvious and repeated instances of sexual harassment, condoning widespread lewd practices within the squadron and engaging in inappropriate and unprofessional discussions with his junior officers,” the Navy said in a statement.
He will be given a letter of reprimand that will go in McWherter’s permanent file and is widely seen as a career-ender in the service. McWherter told Navy officials he did not wish to speak to the media, said Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, a spokesman at Naval Air Forces.
Under McWherter’s command, pilots had explicit pornography, including photos of naked women, in aircraft cockpits, according to the investigation.
Rear Admiral Cindy Jaynes joined “The KDKA Morning News” with Larry Richert and John Shumway to talk about Navy Week in Pittsburgh.
While talking about the events around town, she took a moment to share her thoughts following these allegations. One report said male genitalia was painted on an airplane hangar so large that it could be seen from satellites.
Rear Admiral Jaynes said the alleged actions took place under the command of Capt. McWherter. She adds the Blue Angels that are in town this week are not those involved in the report.
You can hear her comments here.