Navy Reserve Capt. Timothy W. Dorsey has been nominated by the Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta for Admiral. If his name sounds familiar, it might because of the incident in 1987 when he shot down fellow Navy aviators during training. The Washington Times reports;
His promotion to admiral has some in the aviation community shaking their heads, especially because minor discretions by flight officers over the past decades have resulted in reprimands and the ends of careers.
Lawyer Charles Gittins, a former Marine Corps aviator, has represented several naval officers whose careers were ended for what he considered minor misconduct.
“It is shocking that the Navy would promote an officer with this background to flag rank, particularly in an environment where the Navy relieves commanding officers of their commands at the drop of a hat for trivial or insubstantial reasons,” Mr. Gittins told The Washington Times.
With 0-6s getting relieved left and right these days, I wonder how this one slipped through the cracks. The report on the incident in which he shot down fellow pilots concluded;
“He failed to utilize the decision-making process taught in replacement training and reacted in a purely mechanical manner. The performance of Lieutenant Timothy W. Dorsey on September 22, 1987, raises substantial doubt as to his capacity for good, sound judgment.”
Sounds like he’ll fit right in with the current leadership at the Pentagon.
Thanks to Country Singer for the link.