The Tailhook Legacy
There is a lot going on in this issue of Proceedings. First let's deal with the 800-pound gorilla, the story that many of you may feel doesn't belong in this magazine.
"Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't" is, in part, a chronicle of the sexual misconduct case that revolved around Lamar Owens, the great Navy quarterback of recent seasons. The Owens case, for reasons detailed in the story, split the Naval Academy community in ways rarely if ever seen. But much more was at play, and it goes well beyond Owens and the Academy. To this day, as the story by Bradley Olson amply demonstrates, the military still finds itself unable to deal in a consistent and credible manner with sexual misconduct in all its many guises. That's why this tale belongs in Proceedings. The Navy (and the rest of the services) has got to start getting it right.