On Monday, the Naval Inspector General reported that Adm. David F. Baucom was involved in the alcohol-related incident in April. After being found intoxicated and injuring his head on a barstool, the two-star admiral had to be escorted to his hotel room.
Later that evening, however, he made yet another unfortunate appearance, but that time completely naked since his hotel room’s automated door had locked him outside.
Hotel security was immediately alerted by two female guests who saw Baucom trying desperately to find a towel to cover himself in outside the resort’s Ponte Vedra Inn and Club.
Since that incident he was transferred from his lead position at the U.S. Transportation Command to the Pentagon. The admiral said that he was fully responsible and felt sorry for his actions that discredited the institution he had served for nearly 35 years. But he noted that four physicians believe that a heart condition made him confused and exacerbated his drinking incident.
A recent Navy report shows that, although he was on heart medicine that may have made him confused, the man was intoxicated, which caused him to wander around naked outside the hotel.
The admiral told investigators that he mixed wine with gin and whiskey during a meeting with defense transportation contractors that night. He said that he was unaware of how badly intoxicated he was until he sat at the resort’s bar where he was seen falling down and hitting a bar stool with his head.
He was taken to his room by hotel staffers. But after a few hours, he woke up and wanted to use the bathroom. Instead of going to the bathroom he left the hotel room and the door automatically shut down behind him, leaving him outside with no clothes on.
When he was asked why he had no clothes on, he said that he didn’t bring his pajamas along because he didn’t want to pay an additional $25 fee for a second luggage at the airport.
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