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.
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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 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.
September 21, 1993 |
The Navy dropped its criminal case Monday against an aviator who was the first officer scheduled to face court-martial for the Tailhook sex scandal. Lt. Cole V. Cowden was to face court-martial Wednesday at the Norfolk Naval Base on a charge of conduct unbecoming an officer. The charge was based on a photograph taken at the 1991 Tailhook Assn. convention in Las Vegas that showed Cowden's face pressed against a woman's breast.
August 26, 1993 |
The Navy announced Wednesday that it has reopened Tailhook investigations of five senior officers, including the commander of the Blue Angels flying team and a president of the Tailhook Assn. The Navy appointed three fact-finding panels to review again the cases of the five officers who attended the 1991 Tailhook Assn. convention in Las Vegas, where dozens of women said they were molested by drunken aviators. Cmdr. John Tull, a spokesman for Vice Adm. J.
August 17, 1993 |
Although a Pentagon investigative agency determined that as many as 140 servicemen were involved in alleged sexual misconduct at the Tailhook Assn. convention in 1991, only two Navy fliers and one Marine Corps officer are facing charges of assault resulting from the scandal. While lesser charges of unbecoming conduct and other infractions are still being reviewed against others, the three servicemen named in the more serious assault charges are accused of attacking only a handful of women.
August 14, 1993 |
The Navy formally charged a third officer in the scandal involving the 1991 Tailhook Assn. convention. Lt. Cole V. Cowden, 32, was served with a copy of the charges and will face a court-martial, the Navy said. Cowden, who is assigned to a flight squadron at Norfolk Naval Air Station, is accused of conduct unbecoming an officer and conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces. He denounced the charges.