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Ex-Blue Angels Leader Found Guilty Of Condoning Sexually Hostile Workplace

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Capt. Gregory McWherter

Ex-Blue Angels commanding officer Capt. Gregory McWherter was found guilty at an Admiral's Mast proceeding on Monday of condoning sexually crude behavior within the elite flight team that created a "destructive, toxic" working environment.

According to U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs, McWherter created this environment during his leadership at NAS Pensacola between May 2011 to May 2012...

" fostering a hostile command climate, 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 guilty verdict prompted the head of the Pacific Fleet, Adm. Harry Harris, to write McWherter a punitive letter of reprimand. The letter of reprimand, according to the Los Angeles Times, is usually career-ending.

As Home Post previously reported, the Navy fired McWherter as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado on April 18, when the charges first came to light. He was then temporarily reassigned to the staff of Commander, Naval Air Force Pacific in San Diego.

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