December 18, 1993 |
The Navy's top officer would have stopped misconduct at the 1991 Tailhook convention if he saw it, a former assistant Navy secretary testified as a month of hearings on the scandal came to a close. Adm. Frank B. Kelso is "an honorable man of integrity," said Barbara Pope, former assistant secretary of the Navy for manpower and reserve affairs. He would have intervened if he saw misconduct, she said. Kelso, chief of naval operations, has denied seeing any misconduct. Capt. William T. Vest Jr.
December 1, 1993 |
The chief of naval operations did not attend a party at the 1991 Tailhook convention where dozens of women say they were molested, the admiral's former aide testified Tuesday. Capt. Philip G. Howard, now commander of a carrier air wing in Mayport, Fla., also denied that he once said Adm. Frank B. Kelso II accompanied him to the party at the Las Vegas Hilton. Howard backed up Kelso's testimony given Monday at a pretrial hearing for two naval aviators charged in the Tailhook scandal.
November 30, 1993 |
The Navy's highest-ranking uniformed officer said under oath Monday that he never saw any misconduct at the 1991 Tailhook aviators convention and was unaware until months later that women were abused there. "I didn't know of anything that happened at Tailhook," Adm. Frank B. Kelso II testified at a military court hearing for two officers charged in the scandal. He told military judge William T. Vest Jr. that he was never on the third floor of the Las Vegas Hilton on Sept.
November 5, 1993 |
Criminal assault charges against another Navy aviator in the Tailhook incident have been dropped, the Pentagon announced Thursday, leaving only one man still facing a court-martial for allegedly attacking a woman during the group's 1991 convention in Las Vegas. Assault charges filed against Cmdr. Gregory E. Tritt, 43, were dismissed after a second senior military legal officer asked to review the case determined that "there was no basis for the evidence against him," Pentagon officials said.
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November 4, 1993 |
Two years after it jolted America and tarnished the Navy's reputation, Tailhook still has the power to shock. "The feeling I got was just so much more sadness, anger and frustration," Jackie LaBouff, a 57-year-old Torrance resident, said after viewing a documentary exhibit this week at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson.
October 14, 1993 |
Acknowledging that "errors appear to have occurred," McDonnell Douglas Chairman John McDonnell said Wednesday that the company would investigate whether the firm had billed the Pentagon for millions of dollars in advertising and entertainment charges, as alleged in a government audit. In a statement, McDonnell said he was "concerned about these reports and committed to resolving this issue promptly."
October 13, 1993 |
McDonnell Douglas Corp. sent more than 30 employees, including one of its senior executives, to the Navy's 1991 Tailhook convention and billed the Defense Department for the expenses--including golf outings, tennis tournaments, X-rated movies and employee salaries for the four-day event.
October 8, 1993 |
Buffeted by a lack of Navy support and the withdrawal of more than 80% of its corporate sponsors, the Tailhook Assn. previewed its 1993 convention Thursday by attacking what it called the true villains of its tarnished image: overzealous politicians and the media. The senior adviser to the association, retired Adm. James D.
October 5, 1993 |
Defense Secretary Les Aspin, rejecting the recommendation of his own Navy secretary, has decided to retain Adm. Frank B. Kelso as the nation's top naval officer rather than remove him as punishment for the Navy's Tailhook scandal, Pentagon officials said Monday. Aspin's decision came after three days of soul-searching by the Clinton Administration, which found itself in a politically difficult situation after new Navy Secretary John H.
October 3, 1993 |
The Clinton Administration appeared to be searching for a way to avoid removing Adm. Frank B. Kelso as chief of naval operations following a recommendation that he be fired for "lack of leadership" in the wake of the Tailhook scandal. Defense Secretary Les Aspin met briefly with Kelso Saturday afternoon following the public disclosure of new Navy Secretary John H. Dalton's recommendation.