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Embattled Ex-Blue Angels Commander Quits Tailhook Presidency

Photo credit: U.S. Navy

Capt. Gregory McWherter

Ex-commander of the Blue Angels Capt. Gregory McWherter, under investigation for allegedly tolerating sexual harassment, quit his post on Friday as president of the Tailhook Association.

The Navy fired McWherter as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado on April 18.

Few of us can forget the Tailhook scandal of 1991. During the three-day convention of the Tailhook Association that year, 83 women and 7 men were assaulted, according to the PBS program Frontline.

Retired Navy vice admiral and Tailhook chairman Evan M. Chanik told the Washington Post McWherter resigned as president of the Tailhook Association because he didn't want to be a distraction:

“He didn’t want these distractions to inadvertently affect the Tailhook Association in any way, shape or form. I think that’s a mark of his character.”

As Home Post reported last week, a member of the Blue Angels filed a complaint with the Navy, claiming McWherter tolerated a sexually hostile work environment. The Washington Post elaborated:

The complaint described an atmosphere rife with sexually explicit speech, the open display of pornography and jokes about sexual orientation.

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