Navy admiral removed from command after getting drunk, pissing pants, and wandering naked

Rear Adm. David Baucom was removed from his job as the director of Strategy, Policy, Capabilities, and Logistics at U.S. Transportation Command after an incident at the Ponte Verde Inn and Club in April.

A two-star admiral has been reprimanded by the Navy, for getting highly intoxicated during a conference, and wandering around naked at a Florida beachfront hotel.

Rear Adm. David F. Baucom apparently got so drunk at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club back in April, that he “wet his pants and needed an escort back to his room.”

The director of strategy and policy at the U.S. Transportation Command said his drinking that night was probably “exacerbated” by a heart problem that left him lightheaded, disoriented and confused. Navy investigators acknowledged that Baucom was taking prescription meds at the time of the incident, which may have made him ‘dizzy or drowsy.’

Baucom, who served in the Navy more than 3 decades, told investigators he’d been drinking wine, whiskey and gin at a dinner event for the National Defense Transportation Association.

According to the inspector general’s report, Baucom didn’t feel the effects of the alcohol until he was sitting at a hotel bar and it suddenly hit him “like a ton of bricks.” Surveillance video from the bar showed Baucom falling down and striking his head on a barstool shortly after midnight.

He made it to his room eventually with a hotel employee’s assistance. The ordeal did not end there, however.

Baucom apparently woke up from a deep sleep a few hours later to go to the bathroom.  He somehow locked himself out of his room, without any clothes on.  While stumbling around the hotel grounds in search of a towel, he was reportedly spotted by two female guests. The women called hotel security.

Baucom told a colleague, via email, a few days later that he didn’t pack pajamas in his luggage  because he didn’t want to pay the extra fee for a second bag.

The Navy found Baucom guilty of disorderly conduct and conduct unbecoming an officer. He has since been transferred from his post at U.S. Transportation Command and reassigned to the Pentagon, Navy officials said.

This is the fifth time in two years that an admiral or general has lost their job or gotten punished for alcohol-related behavior, the Washington Post reports.

Baucom took full responsibility for his actions and released a statement which read:  “I deeply regret my actions caused discredit to the Navy I love.”

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