NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that the former commander of a Navy flight squadron hurled insults at subordinates and slapped another sailor several times while they were drinking at a hotel bar in Bahrain.
The misconduct led to a demotion for Cmdr. Karl Pugh in July. He is one of a series of commanding officers to be removed from the job this year for embarrassing misbehavior. Pugh was the commanding officer of Electronic Attack Squadron 141 at the time and was upset that his crew didn't invite him to a dinner.
The report says other sailors described his behavior as out of control. At one point, he dumped a beer on another officer.
Pugh is currently assigned to the Electronic Attack Wing staff.
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