The Navy says former Blue Angels commander Capt. Gregory McWherter tolerated inappropriate sexual comments and pornographic images in the workplace and will be given a letter of reprimand.
During a non-judicial proceeding Monday at Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii, McWherter was found guilty of violating two articles under the military's code of justice. The articles included 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".
McWheter was relieved in April from his duty as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado in California because of the allegations concerning events that happened during his second stint as the Blue Angels' leader. That was from May 2011 to November 2012. The Navy said it did not find problems during his first stint as the flying team's commanding officer from 2008 to 2010.
The complaint filed with the Navy's inspector general against McWherter alleged "lewd speech, inappropriate comments, and sexually explicit humor were allowed in the workplace" and in some cases "encouraged" by the commanding officer, and "pornographic images were displayed in the workplace and shared in electronic communications."