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Former Blue Angels commander relieved of duty

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Navy officer was relieved of duty Friday because of unspecified alleged misconduct while he was commanding officer of the Blue Angels precision flying team, the service said.

Capt. Gregory McWherter was removed from his post as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado, where he had served since November, officials said in a statement.

An investigation continued into recent allegations of an "inappropriate command climate" at the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., the statement said.

The allegations refer specifically to the period when McWherter served as Blue Angels commanding officer, from November 2008 to November 2010 and again from May 2011 to November 2012.

The probe, led by an admiral who the Navy declined to identify, began in March and results from a complaint filed by one person, said Cmdr. Mike Kafka, a spokesman for the Naval Air Force Atlantic Command based in Norfolk, Va.

Kafka said in an interview with the Pensacola News Journal (http://on.pnj.com/1jejQxW ) that there are no changes to the Blue Angels 2014 air show and practice schedule "at this time."

McWherter has been temporarily reassigned to Naval Air Forces in San Diego. A call seeking comment from McWherter was not immediately returned.

An Atlanta native and graduate of The Citadel, McWherter is an F/A-18 pilot with multiple tours in combat squadrons, including three deployments aboard the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk, according to U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/PcwC8a). He is a graduate of the Navy's Fighter Weapons School, known as Top Gun, and won the 2003 Commander Naval Air Forces Leadership Award. He was also VFA-131's Pilot of the Year in 1996.

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Ken Tennen April 18 2014 at 8:26 PM

This is not a news story. This a report that there my be a news story someplace, someday.

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pontificio Ken Tennen April 18 2014 at 8:42 PM

Well, comparing to news about Linsy Lohan and Kim Kadashian, this IS news!

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yohbaby1 April 18 2014 at 9:57 PM


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BOB April 19 2014 at 8:53 AM

Just more of the same dull story of BS nobody cares about

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Fed Up April 19 2014 at 8:49 AM

Whoops. You forgot to tell us why!

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wnagle53 April 19 2014 at 8:48 AM

Thanks AOL Another story about nothing.
Why do you people bother to publish "no information "stories.
Certainly there are plenty of other stories you could cover. Is this simply a case of laziness ?

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jacfase April 19 2014 at 8:32 AM

WOW.. A story that's not. How about some info....

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deweese100 April 19 2014 at 8:29 AM

Perhaps the people commenting below me saw something in this short article than I did not. For I saw no specific allegations other than command climate and that can mean a host of things. As I read he ones below,, it appears to me a lot of them have rushed to judgment without facts and that is what is wrong with this country today. We try people in the public without the benefit of BEING INNOCENT until PROVEN guilty in a Court of Law.

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BIG-TARGET April 18 2014 at 10:41 PM

Sounds like somebody had to get the blame, and he got picked.

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ptml123 April 18 2014 at 10:44 PM

The probe, led by an admiral who the Navy declined to identify, began in March and results from a complaint filed by one person, said Cmdr. Mike Kafka, a spokesman for the Naval Air Force Atlantic Command based in Norfolk, Va.............now consider the term "Kafkaesque"

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mproviderone April 18 2014 at 10:44 PM


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ae12wrangell mproviderone April 18 2014 at 11:49 PM

When the come in to a show, all six jets are in 'Delta' formation. Here on Long Island the Blues rotate with the Air Force Thunderbirds, who also give a great perfomance. Both teams will arrive on the Thursday before the Saturday/Sunday shows. Afterwhich they will practice over the ocean. 3 years ago I was watching something on CNN and I heard something loudr than the roar of 6 jet engines. Scared the living daylights out of me. They flew over my house to Jones Beach. At the Jones Beach Airshows there is all 5 branches of the US Military. Army showing off an Apache helicopter, or a tank Coast Guard Cutter in the water, but out about 2 miles (I can see it with binoculars) and at the halfway mark (Airshows try not to use too much ocean area, and try to confine themselves to 1 mile east and 1 mile west.) They make a hell of n entrance though. Nobody knows which way to look, and heads are looking everywhere. Then one day, I happened to turn around and saw them coming at me, and flying right over a parkway.
A lot of drivers had to be scared, a bit.

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