CNATRA
(Documentation is from the Department of Defense Inspector General report, February 1993)



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CHIEF OF NAVAL AIR TRAINING (CNATRA)
NAVAL AIR STATION CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

TRAINING SQUADRON 24(VT-24) TRAINING WING
NAVAL AIR STATION BEEVILLE, TX
Hilton Suite Number: 364
Commanding Officer: RADM William P. McGowen, USN (attended Tailhook '91)

CDR Austin G. Abercrombie, USN (attended Tailhook '91)
Executive Officer: (attended Tailhook '91)
Contributing Squadrons: VT-24 and all other squadrons and miscellaneous commands within the CNATRA organizational structure
Squadron Members Attending: Approximately 40 CNATRA officers
Suite Financing: $5,000 surplus from CNATRA hospitality suite at Tailhook '90 and individual assessments of $35 from participating officers
Hours of Operation: Thursday, 2:00 p.m. to Friday, 2:00 a.m.; Friday, 2:00p.m. to Saturday, 2:00 a.m.; Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to Sunday, 2:00 a.m.
Type of Alcohol Served: Margaritas, beer, open bar
Total Cost of Alcohol: Estimated $5,000 to $7,000 (exact amount unavailable)
Total Cost of Suite Damage: Some carpet damage reported (exact amount unavailable)

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By many accounts, the CNATRA has hosted one of the most popular hospitality suites at the Tailhook conventions. In recent years, many aviators told us they made it a point to visit the CNATRA suite in the hope of meeting persons they knew from flight school either as instructors or fellow students. Many of those who went to Tailhook '91 from the training commands were among the youngest officers at the convention and told us that was their first visit to Tailhook. No fewer than 400 people told us they visited the CNATRA suite at some point during Tailhook '91.
At least 52 people stated that there were strippers in the CNATRA suite at Tailhook '91. There was a ballwalking incident in the CNATRA suite on Saturday evening. A lieutenant junior grade admitted that he and four other officers ballwalked in the suite on a dare. A female Navy ensign stated she was assaulted on Saturday night in the suite when a drunken man placed his hands on her breasts.
There were two female cocktail waitresses serving drinks each night in the CNATRA suite. Both women wore black shorts and Tailhook '91 T-shirts provided by the suite coordinators and worked strictly for tips.
The waitresses described their experiences over the three days as unpleasant, reporting that they were continually pinched, grabbed and groped by the men in the suite and that the men placed squadron stickers on their breasts and buttocks even though the women repeatedly told the man to stop. They also said the men looked down their T-shirts and suggested that they could make better tips if they cut their T-shirts to be more revealing. One waitress said the men grabbed her T-shirt, pulled it open, and looked at her breasts. Both waitresses said they were subjected to vulgar and lewd comments from the men in the suite. One waitress said she was bitten on the buttocks in the suite on Saturday night. The other woman said she saw men ballwalking in the suite on Saturday night. Both waitresses agreed that the behavior of the men in the suite got progressively more vulgar from Thursday to Saturday. One said the men in the suite went "crazy" during the Saturday night stripper performance and they subsequently refused to serve drinks while the stripper was performing.

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