Ex-Blue Angels leader quits as Tailhook president amid investigation

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SAN DIEGO — The former commander of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, under investigation for alleged sexual harassment, has resigned as president of the San Diego-based Tailhook Assn.

Capt. Gregory McWherter resigned from the position he has held with the private, non-profit group since September.

Capt. Gregory McWherter (US Navy)

Capt. Gregory McWherter (US Navy)

McWherter wants to distance the group from the investigation, which has led to him being relieved from duty as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado, Tailhook officials said Monday.

McWherter was relieved of duty at Coronado as the investigation continues into allegations of “lewd speech, inappropriate comments, and sexually explicit humor” and pornography, the Navy said.

McWherter allowed “and in some cases encouraged” the sexually inappropriate misconduct in the workplace during his two tours as commander and flight leader of the Blue Angels, the Navy said.