U.S. Navy issues apology to Okanogan School District over obscene sky drawing
OKANOGAN, Wash. — The U.S. Navy released an apology Wednesday to Okanogan Superintendent Dr. Richard A. Johnson for what they referred to as “the unacceptable, obscene contrails” that were drawn in the sky by aircraft on November 16.
The apology, written by Vice Admiral of the U.S. Navy, T. M. Shoemaker, stated that the behavior was not aligned with the Navy’s core values, and that they do not condone the behavior.
The statement went on to say:
“As Commander, Naval Air Forces, I have unique authorities to maintain and enforce discipline while promoting and preserving the high standards for the entirety of Naval Aviation. Let me assure you that I personally held the aircrew in question fully accountable for their actions. Furthermore, I have addressed this issue with all of our aviation squadrons in the state of Washington and throughout the force. I impressed upon them that this immature act was counter to our culture which values treating everyone with dignity and respect, and how this aircrew’s actions contrasted directly with the excellence and discipline our aviators and Sailors demonstrate daily in operations around the world.”
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