Firing on Air Force Kind of a Drag on Navy Career
January 8, 2013 9:36 AM Subscribe
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The U.S. Senate has declined
to promote Captain Timothy W. Dorsey
to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Dorsey, currently serving as Navy Reserve inspector general, was involved in one of the more bizarre friendly fire incidents in U.S. Military History, intentionally shooting down a U.S. Air Force jet during military exercises some 25 years ago.
On September 22, 1987, then Lieutenant Dorsey intentionally fired on and destroyed
a U.S. Air Force RF-4C reconnaissance aircraft
, forcing the two Air Force pilots to eject. While a subsequent investigation found Doresy guilty of committing an "illogical act" and the Navy banned him from flying, he continued to enjoy a long career in military intelligence. He was nominated
for promotion on Febuary 9, 2012. The Department of Defense claims the Navy did not provide full information about Dorsey's past
. Despite this recent hang-up in his career path, Dorsey looks forward
to being confirmed by the Senate when his nomination is resubmitted.