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Former commander of Blue Angels relieved of current assignment at Coronado

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Once again, the military cites “unspecified” reasons for the removal of one of its ranking officers. Yesterday, the Navy asked Capt. Gregory McWherter of Navy Base Coronado to step down.

McWherter is facing “unannounced allegations” for incidents that occurred when he was commanding officer for the storied Blue Angels aero acrobatic team at the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron in Pensacola, Fla.

“Inappropriate command climate” was the specific accusation filed by Commander Mike Kafka which could include hazing, discrimination of any kind, and other inappropriate actions including sexual misconduct.

McWherter’s command at the Pensacola facility spanned a lengthy period of time from November 2008 to November 2010; and again from May 2011 to November 2012.

It is unclear why Cmdr. Kafka waited until Friday, April 18, 2014, to surface the allegations that go back as many as six years.

McWherter, a former “Top Gun” graduate, F-18 pilot with combat experience, and graduate of South Carolina’s premier military college, The Citadel, has been temporarily reassigned to an undisclosed position at Naval Air Forces in San Diego.

The investigation is being led by an unnamed Navy admiral.

This recent allegation is just the latest in a continued string of bad behavior by military officers including that of Army Col. Patrick Hynes at Fort Bragg and the now infamous case of Gen. “Papa Panda Sexy Pants” Sinclair, also at Fort Bragg.

Examiner's Note: Military Public Affairs officers are expert at "damage control". It's likely this allegation hit the press on Good Friday for a 'good reason'.

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