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A number of witnesses, mainly senior officers or members of Kelso's staff, who had previously provided sworn statements to DCIS agents stating that they had seen Kelso in the area on Saturday night recanted their statements in court, or said that they could now not remember what they had seen. Tom Georgeson was born on August 8, 1937 in Liverpool, England. 380-382; Zimmerman, pp. , On November 10, 1991, Snyder was relieved of command of the Patuxent River Naval Air Test Center by Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Frank Kelso for not reacting quickly enough to Coughlin's initial complaint. Bonam's article 32 hearing (the military equivalent of a preliminary hearing) began on August 17, 1993 at Marine Corps Combat Development Command headquarters in Quantico. The Hilton, however, did not use keys, but plastic code cards (McMichael, p. 162). The next day, Dunleavy testified that he had not seen Kelso on Saturday night, but had accompanied Kelso into some of the hospitality suites on Friday night. Bonam also testified and denied assaulting Coughlin. McMichael, p. 264. McMichael, pp. Emily Lazar did. The report did not blame any individuals by name, but it found, "a marked absence of moral courage and personal integrity" in the officers interviewed, whom investigators faulted for failing to accept responsibility for their actions. A judge later reduced Coughlin's compensation from $6.7 million to $5.2 million (McMichael, p. 303). , A number of members of congress, including Sam Nunn, John Glenn, Barbara Boxer, and Pat Schroeder, were dismayed with the limited scope and results of the NIS investigation, which appeared to have avoided any inquiry into the culpability of commanders or other higher-ranked officers in the incident. 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In September, McCullough recommended dropping all three assault charges and the conduct unbecoming charge. 24-26. As Little explained, by referring the charges against Miller, Kelso was acting as a command "accuser." The Hilton management was aware of the gauntlet, and had told its female staff to avoid the third floor at night during the Tailhook conventions (Vistica, p. 322). The notes in the files were also subsequently used by defense attorneys on behalf of their clients and in some cases undermined or discredited the prosecutors' cases (McMichael, p. 113).  Bonam reportedly was denied promotion and left the Marines soon after. As previously stated, the young woman, Julia Rodgers, who had her clothing removed was 18-years old and therefore was legally an adult. What Ludwig may have meant was that she was below the legal age in Nevada (21) for alcohol consumption. McMichael, pp. 18-19; OIG, pp. NIS agent Beth Iorio later said she omitted the statement about Garrett from the final report because she didn't think it was relevant even though a Navy attorney acting as an advisor, Lieutenant Commander Henry "Hank" Sonday, had told her to include it.  That evening the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Frank Kelso spoke at a banquet for the attendees. Vest stated that Kelso had formally acted in the role of "accuser" with regards to the Tailhook prosecutions and, "that there has been both actual and apparent unlawful command influence in each case. , On September 19, Captain Robert Parkinson, Snyder's chief of staff, and Coughlin met with Snyder in his office at Patuxent and Coughlin told him in detail about the assault. on. 339-340, 426; Zimmerman, pp. , Secretary of the Navy Henry L. Garrett III ordered the service to cut its ties with the Tailhook Association and for the Naval Inspector General (NIG), led by Rear Admiral George W. Davis VI, to investigate the Navy's "business relationship" with the organization. 4, 51-69; Zimmerman, p. 62; OIG, pp. By appointing Reason, junior to him, to oversee the judicial process, he was shielding himself from prosecution. 13-14, 391; McMichael, p.19; According to the witnesses, Lehman licked, McMichael, p. 9; OIG, p. 26; An example later presented in investigative reports was that of. In March 1996, Sir John's private secretary, Alex Allan, described rationale PM did not feel it was 'the right time' to take a decision on a new Royal Yacht By Jake Ryan For The Mail On Sunday That evening and the next, ABC World News Tonight broadcast a two-part interview of Coughlin conducted by Peter Jennings. 107-115. 339-341; OIG, p. viii. That's the gauntlet. , A US Navy aviation officer at the 1991 Tailhook convention wears a t-shirt printed with the phrase "Women are Property" in the. 233-34; McMichael, p. 18; Zimmerman, pp. , Also on October 11, 1991 Ludwig mailed a letter to the participating Navy and Marine Corps squadrons. , The most public example of a cleared officer losing a promotion opportunity was that of Robert Stumpf. On September 24, 1993, Diaz accepted an admiral's mast over the charge, and Reason issued him a $1,000 fine and a punitive letter of reprimand. , That same evening, according to witnesses, numerous men ballwalked around the pool patio. Coughlin bit his hands and arms and he released her. He directed the NIS to dedicate more resources to its Tailhook inquiry. At the Pentagon press conference presenting the findings, Kelso stated that, "we had an institutional problem in how we treat women" and called the report, "a valuable teaching tool. Witnesses reported that shortly after the gauntlet restarted, two young, unidentified Navy officers (Zimmerman states that they were "flight students") posted up by the elevators and tried to warn women not to walk down the hallway. Mancuso stated that the files were delivered to Kelso's office (who at that time was acting Secretary of the Navy), but Kelso's staff claimed that the files were kept by the office of Secretary of Defense Les Aspin. By July 1996, the SASC had reviewed the promotion recommendations for 39 Tailhook-linked officers, ultimately approving 31 of them while rejecting eight.  As a result, the 1986 convention exhibited calmer deportment, with one notable exception. 135, 139, 148, 173. December 6, Reportedly, some hospitality suite hosts competed with each other as to who had the most outrageous entertainment. He responded, "You didn't go down the hallway, did you? Howard was reprimanded for "failure to provide effective leadership" and "abrogation of responsibility. The "83" number of people assaulted has been called into question, since the report was unable identify every victim and some of the alleged victims later stated that they did not consider themselves to have been victimized (Vistica, p. 425). Snyder told investigators that he didn't recall Coughlin telling him about the incident on September 8. McMichael, p. 53; Vistica, pp. By this time, however, the hallway was almost empty and Coughlin did not see anyone she recognized. The suite that Garrett said he grabbed the beer from (the Rhinos) served only mixed drinks, not beer (McMichael, p. 80). Vistica, pp. , Diaz' claim that Kelso had witnessed his leg-shaving show received heavy media attention. Coughlin's acquaintance who greeted her in the suite was Lieutenant Matt Snell (McMichael, p. 44), McMichael, pp.  NIS agents had not interviewed any of the commanders of the squadrons which had operated hospitality suites nor any of the flag officers who had attended the convention. "(McMichael, p. 178). On June 9, Kelso told Garrett that he was going to relieve Williams of his command, but Garrett talked him out of it (McMichael, p. 80). It reported that 23 officers were implicated in the assaults, 23 had committed indecent exposure, and 51 had subsequently lied to investigators. The administrative positions were eliminated from the 1993 defense appropriations bill. McMichael, pp. One of the six, 1st Lieutenant Tony Eaton, had refused nonjudicial punishment and was ultimately cleared by Krulak months later (McMichael, p. 220). The SASC's actions may have been motivated by a desire from members of Congress to ensure that the Navy had held its officers adequately accountable for Tailhook transgressions. Hilton brought Rolando Diaz to Las Vegas as a witness against Coughlin. The Tailhook Association canceled its 1992 conference and the Las Vegas Hilton announced in August 1992 that Tailhook was banned from its property, Acting DoD Inspector General Derek J. Vander Schaaf and DCIS senior agent Don Mancuso gave their investigative agents a wide scope for their inquiry and encouraged them to be more aggressive than Naval investigators had been. " O'Keefe placed the NIS (soon renamed NCIS - Naval Criminal Investigative Service) permanently under civilian control. Two women assaulted in the gauntlet, Lisa Reagan and Marie Weston, who were not associated with the Tailhook Association, filed police reports the next day. Often, after running out of stickers those involved would change to groping or pinching the women as they walked by. Coughlin denied receiving leg shaves from Diaz (Zimmerman, p. 288). 12:51 . Lieutenant Scott Wilson, however, who was also present stated that he did hear Coughlin inform Snyder on September 8. Snyder told Coughlin that he would call and inform Ludwig, Dunleavy, and his boss, Vice Admiral William Bowes, about the situation and that he and Coughlin would write detailed letters which he would deliver to Dunleavy. Both issues were involved in the Tailhook controversy. The custom involved young aviators lining up on both sides of the east wing third floor hospitality suite hallway and slapping stickers of their squadron insignia on the bodies of passerby, usually women. Admiral Stan Arthur on Kelso's staff, however, rejected Reason's request and ordered the cases disposed of within his CDA.  Just over one-third of all the fixed-wing carrier aviators in the Navy were expected to be in attendance. The testimonies and statements of the 34 were generally consistent in their details. McMichael, pp. McMichael, pp. McMichael, pp. During the session, a woman in attendance asked Dunleavy when women would be allowed to fly in combat jets. 36-38; Vistica, pp. 76-77). As had happened in Cowden's case and for the same reasons, Vest disqualified Williams from further involvement in Tritt's prosecution (McMichael, p. 226). January 19, 2021 Bush reportedly wept when Coughlin told her story to him in person at the White House (Zimmerman, p. 92). In response to its findings, O'Keefe relieved Williams and Gordon and directed their retirement (at current rank) from the Navy. Although Dunleavy and Ludwig were aware of the gauntlet assaults by the next day, however, there is no recorded evidence that they told Garrett or Kelso about them before Ludwig's October 11 letter. , The NIS investigation was also completed on April 28, 1992 and stated that it had identified 25 victims of sexual assaults that had occurred at the convention. Diaz did not comply with the alleged order, in some cases giving women "bikini shaves," at their request or with their consent, all the way to their pubic zones. 42-44; Vistica, pp. Finally, prosecutors alleged that Miller had been aware of other sexual misconduct at the convention, such as the "mini-gauntlet" that Tritt was accused of participation in, and had failed to try to stop it. Naval aviators poked fun at the situation by designing and wearing whimsical patches or t-shirts saying that they had "survived" the Tailhook scandal, or claiming that that they weren't at the convention (Vistica, p. 362). McMichael, pp. Coughlin remembered a tall, black male, which matched Bonam, but Kelly described the perpetrator as shorter and with lighter-colored skin. , On September 24, 1992, DoDIG released the first part of its report, which focused on the failings of the NIS and NIG investigations. Some Native Americans question inaugural song, CNN, MSNBC viewers flip for Biden; Fox audience slumps, Dustin Diamond undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer, Singer Randy Parton, Dolly Parton's brother, dies at 67, Natiruts, Marley, Aparicio sing for unity of the Americas, Virus scuttles Glastonbury Festival for second straight year. " Snyder, she said, seemingly preoccupied by another matter and lost in thought, distractedly replied, "Paula, you need to stop hanging around with those guys. , Paula Coughlin resigned from the Navy on May 31, 1994. That's what you've got to expect on the third deck with a bunch of drunk aviators" and made no further comment.  Prosecutors subsequently dropped the charge of disobeying the order but directed Diaz to be court-martialed for conduct unbecoming for the bikini shaves. 102-113. Zimmerman, pp. Williams' replacement, Commander Thomas R. Taylor, recommended dismissing all charges against Cowden and Reason concurred, ending the case. One of the alleged victims, naval officer Paula Coughlin, initiated an investigation into the incident when she notified her chain of command about what she had experienced. Instead, on October 15, he gave Kelso and 29 of the other officers nonpunitive "letters of caution."  At the same time, the Air Force announced it was also admitting women into combat flying slots, and introduced Jeannie Leavitt and Sharon Preszler as its first female fighter pilots, followed soon after by Martha McSally. Miller was accused of giving his Hilton room key to one of his married subordinates at the '91 convention and telling him to take a woman, who was not his wife, to the room to have sex. Reportedly, it was the first and only time that someone had filed a formal police report on activities at the convention. 17-19; OIG, pp. 12; 241; OIG, p. 18. Three other female Navy officers were identified as having received leg shaves from Diaz: Elizabeth Warnick (the same who accused Cowden of sexual assault), Melanie Castleberry, and Kelly Jones. , The Navy ultimately referred five officers for courts-martial. 26-27; Martin referred to the 1985 convention as, "a rambunctious drunken melee" with behavior that was "grossly appalling" and that, "there was virtually no responsibility displayed by anyone in an attempt to restrain those who were getting out of hand." Commanders Thomas Miller and Gregory Tritt were referred directly to courts-martial without being offered a mast. Thirty of the officers were subsequently given grants of immunity by Navy prosecutors who hoped to use them as witnesses in the pending courts-martials. Naval investigative agents interviewed 50 women who had experienced the gauntlet in the hallway or elsewhere, and found that 23 of them felt they had been victimized, i.e. , Since the 1990s, the US military has periodically been involved in sexual harassment or sexual assault controversies that receive widespread media attention and recriminations. 287-292; Vistica, p. 379; Zimmerman, p. 273. McCain later wrote a letter to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell and United States Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney requesting that an independent commission investigate the matter, but the DoD declined. 42-44; Vistica, p. 329.  William Vest retired from the Navy in May, 1994 and became an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration. McMichael, pp. 229-233; Zimmerman, pp. Snyder didn't reach Dunleavy by phone until September 24 (Zimmerman, p. 41). Furthermore, Miller was alleged to have ballwalked on rooftops and golf courses in Singapore, Honolulu, and San Diego during a 1990 operational cruise on the carrier Independence. , Tailhook Association leaders were especially concerned over a practice that started in the late 1980s and became a custom at succeeding conventions. In her initial interviews for investigators, Coughlin did not mention telling Snyder about the assault on September 8. ", Gregory Vistica, a journalist with the San Diego Union obtained a copy of Ludwig's letter and, on October 29, 1991, his newspaper published an article on Tailhook 1991 titled, "Women reportedly abused by Navy pilots at seminar."  For their part, DCIS agents were angered and frustrated by what they viewed as insincere, deceitful, evasive, and dishonest responses from many of the Navy and Marine officers they interviewed. 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