Several of the suites hired
strippers to perform in the evenings,
and some officers
paid them for oral
sex. In other cases strippers were
hired to perform at
or other "private"
parties in which sexual
acts were performed
with suite members.
While legal in some counties in Nevada,
prohibited within the
Las Vegas city limits.
such as sodomy and
conduct unbecoming an
officer violate the Uniform Code of
Military Justice (UCMJ).
Other witnesses reported couples
engaging in oral sex and sexual
intercourse in open suites,
pool patio area and tennis courts.
A common form of indecent exposure at
Tailhook was aviators publicly exposing
their testicles. The pool patio deck
was a popular place for this activity.
It is clear from the number of accounts
that this activity was not uncommon in
the military. One officer said he learned
about exposing his testicles in the Naval Academy
when a senior cadet demonstrated it to
him. The practice was also popular at
naval officers' clubs, training squadron
parties, golf excursions and at "wingings" when
naval aviators are awarded
their pilots' wings.
During interviews, aviators described
exposing their testicles as "a manly thing to do"
or "an act of defiance." Another suggested
that it was all about one-upmanship, or
"trying to be more rude or wild than
Often groups of aviators were seen
milling about in their suites or in hallways
with the testicles exposed but acting if
nothing was happening. Some
would casually introduce themselves to
women and mingle with them
until they noticed.
One civilian woman reported seeing
this activity take place in the presence
of a Navy captain, who took no action.
When the woman accidentally brushed up
against an aviator who was exposing
himself and expressed shock, the Navy
captain laughed and told her
to ignore the activity.
On the other hand two Naval commanders said
they took some form of corrective action against
aviators. For example a Naval Reserve commander
saw a young white male who he thought to be an
aviator exposing his testicles in the pool patio. The
commander told the young man to put his testicles
back in his pants and act like an adult. The
aviator turned red in the face
and left the area.
A popular T-shirt sold at the convention
read: "If You Got 'Em, Hang
This behavior involved aviators biting
attendees on the buttocks. Although the
origin of this activity is unclear, one Marine
major indicated that sharking had been taking
place between males and females for about 20
years. Other officers and one civilian said
that it sometimes occurs on a consensual basis at
naval officers' clubs. Some others referred to
a "butt rodeo" where the biter clasps onto
another person's buttocks
until shaken loose.
As for non-consensual behavior, eight
individuals one of whom was a man, were forcibly
bitten at the conference. At least two people
suffered bruises to their buttocks.
A variety of other body parts were
reported bitten, including ears,
ankles, and the neck. One fight
resulted in two men seeking
Woman with various
In this activity, aviators slapped squadron
logo stickers onto female body parts. According
to a retired officer, zapping originated
years ago when Marine Corps and Navy officers
"zapped" visiting aircraft. This evolved into
indiscriminate zapping, and has apparently
occurred at Tailhook since 1985. Many officers
admitted zapping women, and a majority of the
attendees said they were not
offended or upset by the zaps.
However, three woman, including a female
commander, said they were zapped in private
areas while passing through the hallway.
One of the woman had her skirt lifted and
blouse ripped in the gauntlet
while she was zapped on the
crotch and breasts.
Several instances of voluntary exposure
by women were witnessed. In one case, a
male aviator approached a woman who was
sitting on another man's lap and asked if
he could zap her breast. The woman responded,
"sure" and lifted up her top. Moments later
she allowed a second man to
zap the other breast.
In one other report, a woman walked into the
VA-128 suite, lifted her shirt to reveal five
or six zappers (squadron stickers) covering
her bare breasts and asked officers
to re-arrange them.
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