According to Navy spokesman Cmdr. Ron Flanders, the pilots' identities and the disciplinary action that was handed down is protected by federal privacy laws. He added that both individuals in question were contrite about their actions.
"They realized that this was an embarrassment to Naval Aviation and the entire Navy," Navy Flanders told the Union-Tribune. "This sort of conduct is contrary to the core values of the Navy."
The outlet confirmed that the dick pic culprits won't be terminated from their positions as aviators, but they're on "probation."
Original story was published on November 17, 2017.
Unwanted dick pics come in many forms. For many who receive them, they're a form of visual assault and absolutely not funny. But this one, well, we might just make an exception. Especially because people in the small Washington state town of Omak (population 4,800) are saying that this is the most exciting thing that's happened there in a while.
The incident in question? Navy pilots were in the middle of training, flying over the foothills of the Okanogan Highlands, when they decided to pull a rather difficult maneuver involving drawing a penis in the sky.
"The Navy apologizes for this irresponsible and immature act," Lt. Cmdr. Leslie Hubbell told BuzzFeed News.
In a statement, the Navy said, "We hold our aircrews to the highest standards, and we do find this absolutely unacceptable. There was zero training value in that maneuver and we're holding the crew accountable."
But locals seemed pretty into it, posting photos that capture the stunt all over social media.
One Twitter user even said this was "the most monumental thing to happen in Omak."
Of course, not everyone was thrilled. A mother reached out to local station KREM 2 and complained about the images, upset that she might have to explain what they are to her young kids.
But the Federal Aviation Administration said that there's nothing it can do unless an act like this poses a safety risk. The FAA told KREM 2 that it "cannot police morality."