Rear admiral fired after drunken nude walk at Ponte Vedra hotel

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Navy admiral punished for drunken, naked display at Fla. hotel.

The Navy announced Monday that it has reprimanded a two-star admiral for getting drunk and wandering around naked in a Florida hotel while attending a conference with defense contractors.Rear Admiral David Baucom, the 56-year-old director of Strategy, Policy, Capabilities, and Logistics at US Transportation Command, was removed from his post after an investigation, the Navy Times reported. The incident happened on April 7 when Baucom attended the National Defence Transportation Association’s Transportation Advisory Board in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Baucom attended a dinner with about 70 conference attendees and drank all or part of at least eight drinks — a gin and tonic, two glasses of wine and five glasses of scotch whiskey — according to an investigation released by the US Navy.

When he returned to Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, where TRANSCOM’s headquarters is based, he checked himself into the drug and alcohol treatment program. He proceeded to wander the grounds of the hotel, searching for a towel to cover himself, when he was spotted by two female guests who reported him to hotel security. The investigation into his actions found they could not be excused by mixing medications with alcohol and that his behaviour was more a result of being drunk. “We determined that RADM Baucom’s level of intoxication and his public nudity are of such a nature that they dishonored (sic) or disgraced him personally and seriously compromised his standing as an officer,” the report read. Admiral Phil Davidson, the FFC boss, found Baucom guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer and disorderly conduct at a November 20 admiral’s mast. “After extensive medical testing and diagnoses, four doctors have stated in writing that I most probably experienced an atrial fibrillation event the evening of April 8th which caused light-headedness, disorientation, dizziness and confusion,” Baucom said in a statement provided to Navy Times.

A few hours later, still in a haze, Baucom re-emerged from his room without any clothes on — as his door automatically locked behind him, the report states. Baucom was taking prescription medication that might have worsened his reaction to the alcohol, making him drowsy or dizzy, but said there was “no question” that he was drunk.

He said he didn’t feel the effects of the alcohol until he was sitting at a hotel bar and it suddenly hit him “like a ton of bricks,” according to the inspector general’s report. He said that after being escorted back to his room he fell in to a deep sleep for several hours, then woke up to use the bathroom, but instead found himself locked out in the hallway.

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