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Complaint says former Blue Angels CO allowed lewd behavior

Apr. 23, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
Capt. Greg McWherter is seen here in 2010 while serving as the commanding officer of the Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels
Capt. Greg McWherter is seen here in 2010 while serving as the commanding officer of the Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels (MC2 Ron Trevino / Navy)
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Allegations that “sexually explicit humor” and the display of “pornographic images” were allowed — and sometimes encouraged — by the former head of the Blue Angels were just some of the complaints that led to his firing from the No. 2 job at Naval Station Coronado, Calif., the Navy said in a Wednesday news release.

Capt. Gregory McWherter led the Navy’s flight demonstration squadron from November 2008 to November 2010 and again from May 2011 to November 2012. He was relieved of his post at Coronado on April 18 because of the initial findings into complaints made regarding his time with the Blue Angels, but the Navy released no details of the allegations at the time.

Wednesday’s release says the complaints involved “lewd speech, inappropriate comments and sexually explicit humor ... allowed in the workplace and in some cases encouraged by the commanding officer.” Pornographic material also was displayed and shared electronically at the command, the complaint alleges.

A full investigation into the allegations is underway, ordered by Adm. Harry Harris, head of Pacific Fleet.

McWherter was reassigned to Naval Air Forces in San Diego pending the full investigation’s outcome, an AIRFOR spokesman said at the time of the firing.

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