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Navy Fires Top Enlisted Leader Of Strike Fighter Squadron

Master Chief Petty Officer Jeff Harsh
U.S. Navy
Master Chief Petty Officer Jeff Harsh

The Navy has relieved Master Chief Petty Officer Jeff Harsh of his duties as Command Master Chief of Strike Fighter Squadron Fourteen (VFA-14) due to his "failure to meet expected performance standards."

Harsh's bio on the Naval Air Station Lemoore website says he assumed the role of CMC in July of 2011.

According to the Navy, the Command Master Chief plays a crucial role:

[They] strengthen the chain of command by keeping the Commanding Officer aware of existing or potential issues of concern as well as procedures and practices which affect the mission, readiness, welfare and morale of the Sailors in the command.

The Navy has temporarily assigned Harsh to the staff of Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific (CSFWP), at Naval Air Station Lemoore.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Clint Donham will fill-in as Strike Fighter Squadron Fourteen's CMC until the Navy finds a permanent replacement.