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Navy Fires Commanding Officer Of Naval Air Facility El Centro

Photo credit: Navy Region Southwest

Capt. Devon Jones

The Navy relieved Capt. Devon Jones of his duties as commanding officer of Naval Air Facility El Centro on July 1 due to "loss of faith and confidence in his ability to command," according to a Navy news release:

The Navy expects its leaders to provide principled and highly ethical leadership, stressing discipline, accountability, and the importance of treating shipmates with dignity and respect. It is of paramount importance to the Navy that even the appearance of impropriety by leadership is unacceptable, and all personnel must conduct themselves in a manner beyond reproach.

Cmdr. Brad Fagan, director of public affairs at Navy Region Southwest, told the Navy Times he's not allowed to provide any details of what Jones did to warrant his firing, because the Navy is still investigating the case.

The Navy has reassigned Jones to Commander, Naval Air Forces in San Diego while the investigation is underway.

NAF El Centro executive officer Cmdr. Erik Franzen will take over as commanding officer until the Navy chooses a permanent replacement for Jones.

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