In the first part of their inquiry,
the DOD investigators concluded that the
kind of conduct that took place at the annual
conventions was well-known to senior aviation
leaders. Of interest in this regard is the
letter from the President of the Tailhook Association
CAPT. F.W. Ludwig, written to Tailhook members prior to the convention and
dealing with "certain problems we've
had in past years."
Although aware of the activities at Tailhook,
these senior officials were deemed incapable of
dealing with the increasingly indulgent behaviors.
Over the years, their efforts to control their
subordinates were sometimes effective but only for
limited periods. The investigators also concluded
that the senior leaders of naval aviation were
unwilling to take the measures necessary to end
the types of conduct they
expected would occur at Tailhook.
Twelve hotel security guards were said to have
been present at different times throughout the
convention, but witnesses say many guards
stood by and observed the activities and would
not intervene unless
asked for help.
Incident reports reveal that guards intervened on a
number of occasions relating to overly-intoxicated
individuals, stealing of hotel property, fire,
altercation, and once the escorting of a partially
disrobed woman from the gauntlet.
Despite their reports, the security officers told
investigators that no women reported being assaulted
nor did any of the guards witness any assaults.
The investigation found that two hotel security
officers were associate members of the Tailhook
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